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Books by Victoria Benchley include:
~The Marsden Murder Club Series~
The Marsden Murder Club-Swiss Revenge, Book 1 (A Psychological Mystery Suspense Thriller) at www.amazon.com/dp/B084Z7TKSF
The Gallery of Ghosts-The Marsden Murder Club, Book 2 (A Psychological Mystery Suspense Thriller) at www.amazon.com/dp/B085ZP5W92
The Snail Man (A mystery of romantic suspense) at www.amazon.com/dp/B00O97FE9W
~The Duncan Dewar Mystery Series~
The Merlon Murders (Books 1 & 2) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B085PPBF2T
The Cook's Comeuppance (Book 3) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B012RNONIM
A Crime at the Bakery (short story) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B00W3AOJIE
The Laird's Labyrinth (Book 4) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B017X8MWJ8
The Christmas Contest (Book 5) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B017ZND8SA
The Siamese Suicides (Book 6) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B01LWTAWBE
The Pernicious Pachyderm (Book 7) - at www.amazon.com/dp/B06X9YTXTJ
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The Hunters Are Now the Hunted
Sheltered Charlotte Swain lives with bitter regrets. The uniquely talented teacher receives the opportunity of a lifetime when invited to join a mysterious organization, but she never imagined that facing a serial killer would be part of the deal. After passing the initiation, she finds the group’s eccentric associates less than forthcoming. Who or what is the Marsden Murder Club, and why do its members keep dying?
The Marsden Murder Club solves cold cases. After years of anonymity and success, the Club finds itself in a murderer’s cross hairs. They’re betting fresh, new recruits will be their salvation. They could be dead wrong.
Because when dealing with a serial killer bent on revenge, it’s kill or be killed.
Set against the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Swiss Alps, The Marsden Murder Club-Swiss Revenge, book one in the Marsden Murder Club Series, is a psychological mystery suspense thriller laced with faith, inspiration, and twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
"Tightly-written, fast-paced, & thrilling. I highly recommend." & "Eagerly awaiting second book in the series." - Amy Reade, USA Today and WSJ Best Selling Author
"I had to know what would happen next." - Amazon Reviewer
“I couldn’t put this mystery down.” – Amazon Reviewer
"With everything going on in the world, the Marsden Murder Club provided the perfect escape, an adventure in Switzerland with twists & turns that kept me guessing" & "Strong female protagonist...her story was inspiring." - Amazon Reviewer
"Highly recommended for fans of clean mystery suspense thrillers." - Amazon Reviewer
"The Marsden Murder Club combines unique, unforgettable characters & riveting action into a powerful thriller." - Amazon Reviewer
"Great Book!" - Amazon Reviewer
"Didn't want to put it down." - Amazon Reviewer
"Looking forward to next book in the series." - Amazon Reviewer
When the Dead Speak, She Listens
Traumatized, Charlotte Swain is either ready to solve a cold case murder or she’s on the verge of a breakdown. The uniquely gifted young teacher has become a new woman. She’s pursuing her doctorate. She sees a therapist. Paintings and old photos speak to her.
When a photojournalist from a prominent family is killed in the Hudson River Valley, the Club summons Charlotte to a remote inn to catch his killer. NYPD Detective Harrison joins the hunt, and sparks fly with the fragile teacher. Do strange events point to the supernatural, as claimed by local Native American legend?
Charlotte discovers less separates her from the here and now and the hereafter than she knew, and one false step could spell her own murder.
Set against the Hudson River Valley and its Shakespeare Festival, The Gallery of Ghosts, book two in the Marsden Murder Club Series, is a gripping psychological mystery suspense thriller laced with faith, inspiration, and twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
Your Friends Can Kill You
Haunted by her near-death experience, Charlotte Swain has left solving crimes in her rearview mirror. She’s getting on with her life in Los Angeles. But when an old friend comes calling, she can’t resist the temptation to help stop a killer, and the amateur detective must learn when to trust her heart and when to rely on her senses.
An idyllic New England village with a close-knit community is rocked by a grisly murder. The former police chief is found dead, and a member of the Marsden Murder Club is arrested for the crime. Is there a dark underbelly to the charming historic town? As the body count rises, Charlotte must learn to depend on her friends, old and new.
But putting her faith in the wrong person could get her killed.
Set against the backdrop of beautiful New Hampshire, Friends & Killers, book three in the Marsden Murder Club series, is a gripping psychological mystery suspense thriller laced with faith, inspiration, and twists that will keep you guessing until the end.
Holidays Can Be A Crime
The Scots didn't celebrate Christmas for 400 years and the village of Taye is about to make up for it! Hoping for a relaxing holiday and a chance to solidify his relationship with Angela, Duncan finds himself in the middle of numerous contests, ancient Hogmanay traditions, misunderstandings, and a jewel theft. Will Duncan win the contest for Angela's heart? Joined by family and friends, Duncan is sure this will be a holiday no one will ever forget. Can Duncan solve the mystery and survive the case? Snuggle up with a hot cider and find out!
Christmas chicanery in Scotland
The Christmas Contest is book 4 in the Duncan Dewar Mysteries Series. Learn about Scottish traditions in this fun-filled cozy mystery holiday romp.
His Past & Present Are About To Collide
When hot shot insurance investigator and math genius Duncan Dewar decides to head a policy inquiry, he has no idea what he's soon to encounter. Hoping to learn more about his ancestry, Duncan is drawn to the village of Taye, Scotland, where the trajectory of his life will be altered forever. Was the laird of Castle Taye accidently crushed by a merlon from his own battlement, or are more sinister forces at work? Is the alluring widow and beneficiary of eleven million pounds innocent or to blame? Is a ghost seeking vengeance against members of Clan MacNab for the slaughter of her loved one hundreds of years ago? Follow Duncan on a tour of breathtaking Scotland as he navigates through relationships with the villagers of Taye in his quest for answers.
Because without the truth, he'll be the next victim
The Merlon Murders is the beginning of the Duncan Dewar Mysteries Series.
A Holy Place Hides Deadly Secrets
By all accounts, Lindisfarne Island in Northumberland is a special place. For more than a thousand years, visitors have sensed The Other there, more so than anywhere else. The veil between the physical and spiritual realms is known to be thin on Holy Island, an isolated spot cutoff from mainland England twice a day by the North Sea. When Scottish detective Duncan Dewar agrees to solve an age-old mystery on the island, he has his doubts. Discovering clues hidden in an ancient labyrinth at Norcroft Manor and uncovering an almost century-old murder could get him killed. Will he meet the same fate as his predecessor or discover an early monastery's hidden riches?
When the veil between the physical & spiritual is thin, murder fills the gap.
Follow Duncan as he explores England's Cradle of Christianity while navigating romance, family relationships, and his latest nemesis, Viking, in Book 3 of the Duncan Dewar Mysteries Series.
In a Murderer’s Hands, even a Stove Can Kill
Hoping to jumpstart his career and restore his ruined reputation, Scottish investigator Duncan Dewar takes a lucrative case in Spain investigating an accidental death at an exclusive artist enclave. Almost immediately he senses something is amiss in the idyllic village. Did a chef use a stove to kill a cook? What other secrets lurk in the charming artist colony? As the mystery deepens, the similarities between this project and the job that destroyed his meteoric career can’t be ignored.
Because when he’s dealing with death by crushing, no one is safe.
Joined by family members and associates, Duncan must solve a murder without motive as he sorts through romantic and familial relationships. Travel with the Scottish detective as he experiences Spanish cuisine, culture, romance, and peril in Book 3 of the Duncan Dewar Cozy Mystery Series.
A Three-Ring Disaster
When a boutique circus arrives in Taye, tourism is on the rise, but so is murder. Preparing for his upcoming nuptials and refurbishing his cottage aren't enough to keep Duncan occupied. A gruesome crime intrudes on the idyllic village, and as the detective becomes embroiled in the murky case, a specter from the past returns, threatening his happy ending. Can Duncan absolve an elephant accused of killing his ringmaster? Can he find the real killer before he or she strikes again? Will a jealous spirit from ancient Clan Neish hinder the Scotsman's wedding and harm his fiancée?
When the circus comes to town, it’s murder.
Suspects abound as Dewar returns in book 6 of the series. Joined by the usual cast of family and friends and several newcomers, Duncan must solve his latest mystery set in beautiful Perthshire, Scotland.
Do Bad Things Really Come In Threes?
Scottish detective Duncan Dewar has to wonder. People connected to the investigator keep dying and his number may be up. Offered a chance to consult with his former employer, Duncan investigates the apparent suicide of an art dealer in Edinburgh. In a case right out of today's headlines, he learns that the art business has its shady side. Professionally successful once again and engaged, he's finally ready to move on to the next chapter of his life. However, the past has a way of haunting the Scottish detective, and things aren't always as they seem.
Will history drag him from the promise of a bright future?
Explore Old Town and see if you can solve the case of the Siamese Suicides. This stand alone novel is book 5 in the Duncan Dewar Mystery Series.
Who Has A Beef With The Baker?
While Duncan Dewar is away on a case, something strange is going on in Taye. Special Constable Donald Merriwether is called to investigate a crime at the village bakery. The prime suspect is his nemesis and former girlfriend, Abigail Neward. Events unfold unexpectedly in this short story featuring villagers from Taye.
Sometimes it's hard to recognize a culprit
Duncan is not featured in this short story. He is away in Spain solving The Cook's Comeuppance!
Full-length novels by Victoria Benchley include:
The Merlon Murders I (Duncan Dewar Mysteries Book 1)
The Cook's Comeuppance (Duncan Dewar Mysteries Book 2)
The Laird's Labyrinth (Duncan Dewar Mysteries Book 3)
The Christmas Contest (Duncan Dewar Mysteries Book 4)
The Siamese Suicides (Duncan Dewar Mysteries Book 5)
The Pernicious Pachyderm (Duncan Dewar Mysteries Book 6)
The Snail Man
The Marsden Murder Club: Swiss Revenge (Marsden Murder Club Book 1)
The Gallery of Ghosts (Marsden Murder Club Book 2)
Friends & Killers (Marsden Murder Club Book 3)
Kathryn has just been stood up for a blind date with the man of her dreams. Will she retreat to the world of grief and loneliness she usually inhabits, or pair up with the mysterious Art who reminds her so much of her deceased husband? Will the worldly Roger sweep her off her feet? Kathryn explores her spiritual side, looking for answers. This haunting, romantic mystery novel will keep the reader in suspense until the end. The Snail Man is a clean read with a charming cast of quirky characters.
"Kudos to Ms. Benchley for a well-crafted, very intriguing story… unlike anything I have ever read." - Amazon Reviewer
"The author has a fresh perspective and delightful writing style. I found the characters engaging and the original story hard to put down. Highly recommended!"