The Supper Club Murders by Victoria Dowd #BookReview #SmartWoman’sMystery3 #JoffeBooks #4*

If you love Richard Osman, Robert Thorogood, Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Faith Martin and Sophie Hannah, you’ll love this brilliant whodunnit.


The phones are out.
The roads have flooded.
There’s no way in or out.
And the murders have begun.

Ursula Smart and her mother are invited to a supper club at Greystone Castle on the edge of a picturesque Dartmoor village, along with their ever-adventurous book group.

But as the dinner party begins, their hosts Lord and Lady Black begin to reveal festering resentments. Lord Black, who actually bought his title, looks like he’s having an affair with the maid.

Then as midnight strikes, someone is found brutally murdered and the Smart women find themselves investigating another perplexing crime.

On this dark and stormy night, with the castle cut off by flood waters, who will be the next to die?


A Good Mystery!

Very much a ‘cozy’ mystery; alongside the murders there is a fair bit of humour!

As the book club group head to Black Towers castle at the edge of a Dartmoor Village for the supper club they have been invited to, the rain is unrelenting. The castle is a bit creepy; imaginations are running at full speed and the tension between Lord and Lady Black is palpable. There is a definite undercurrent of something not quite right and as midnight strikes, a brutally murdered body turns up and the book group find themselves back on familiar ground of investigating another confusing crime.

This is a good solid mystery with plenty of fun and games woven through. There’s no way I would have been spending the night in a draughty, creepy old castle! This is my first foray into this series and I suspect I may have benefitted from reading the earlier novels and getting better acquainted with the characters but it was still a good read. There are some amusing observations and I had no chance of working out ‘whodunnit’. Rather enjoyable and recommend to lovers of fun, cosy mysteries. Four stars from me.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: crime mystery, humour

Author Details

Victoria Dowd is a criminal barrister-turned-crime writer. She lives with her husband and two children,
splitting her time between London and Devon, where she indulges her passion for all things Agatha Christie.
Her first book won the People’s Book Prize 2021.

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