• Joffe Books
  • Published: 10th November 2023
  • Agent: James Wills

Murder Most Cold

Victoria Dowd

A winter wedding.
A mysterious disappearance.
A body under the ice.

Handsome Spear proposes marriage and Ursula Smart suddenly has a glimpse of the sort of happy life she had never imagined for herself. Beginning with a small winter wedding, on the edge of a secluded, frozen lake, away from it all.

But trouble is never far from the Smart women, especially when the atmosphere is already so frosty.

Tensions start rising as soon as they arrive and it’s not just Ursula’s mother Pandora getting cabin fever.

Poisoning. Stabbing. A mysterious disappearance. Who’s targeting the wedding party?

Then on a midnight jaunt, Ursula sees a face trapped under the ice, eyes staring in frozen horror. And her happy future begins to fall apart.

Weddings should be joyous occasions. But there’s a murderer at this one.


Funny and shocking in equal turn, Victoria Dowd’s brilliant whodunnit is perfect for fans of Agatha Christie, Anthony Horowitz, Liane Moriarty, Faith Martin, Frances Lloyd and Stuart Turton.

“Original, intriguing, great fun. Can you tell I loved it? Hugely recommended.”
CWA Silver Dagger winner, Barbara Nadel
“A modern take on the classic whodunnit!”
Anja Jager, bestselling author of A Cold Death in Amsterdam


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