Victoria Dougherty
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Oct 25
Victoria Dougherty left a comment for Gavin Woods
"I love Ken Bruen, Matt Beyton Rees, PD James - Dashiell Hammett as far as classic detective stories go. Hope you like those. And good luck on your novel. The first is always a long slog."
Oct 24
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"Hi Victoria. I'm in the middle of writing my first novel. I've just started reading some Raymond Chandler. Which other Noir/Detective novels do you recommend?"
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Life in a Haunted House

We never get any trick-or-treaters. I can tell myself that it’s because we’re the only house on a dead-end street and surely, being off the beaten path is part of the problem. But if I’m to be completely honest, it’s because I know that little kids are afraid of our home.Yes, we live in THAT house.It’s the one we all…See More
Oct 23
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"J.E., you're right - they are surprisingly nice pets. My kids are just crazy about them."
Aug 24
J. E. Seymour commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"We have two snakes, a Red Tailed Boa male and an amelanistic female corn snake.  They live in separate terrariums, and they only eat thawed frozen rats.  :-)  They are actually really nice pets."
Aug 24
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"Yikes, we were told that might be a problem. Vet suggested we give them separate enclosures :)"
Aug 24
Dan L. Coleman commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"That ought to do it, long as they don't grow and eat one another. "
Aug 24
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"Dan, my son just got two baby snakes on Sunday..."
Aug 23
Dan L. Coleman commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell
"Sounds like a nice little writing hole, Victoria, but now that the dog is gone, what's going to eat the diapers? "
Aug 22
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My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell

Recently, I was asked to write about where I write and why. That got me thinking…so here are my thoughts.My home office is, I suppose, a bundle of contradictions.First of all, it is small.It’s only half the size of my husband’s home office. I’m kind of like the wife who drives a Chevy while her husband gets the…See More
Aug 14
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A Wife's Ode to the Cocktail Hour

My husband and I had a lot of fun before we had kids. I mean A LOT. We traveled, we spent money like crack whores, we had nooners for heaven’s sake.And we also loved going out for cocktails. We probably met at some swanky bar, or curious hell hole, or trendy hipster joint five days a week after work.It was fun.And least…See More
May 22
Victoria Dougherty commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt
"Thanks, Martin!"
Apr 18
Martin Roy Hill commented on Victoria Dougherty's blog post The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt
"Congratulations, Victoria! Good luck with the book!"
Apr 18
Victoria Dougherty posted a blog post

The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt

My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.Here’s an idea of what it’s about:In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive lovers Felix Andel and Magdalena Ruza make…See More
Apr 15

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Hometown:
Ivy, VA
About Me:
I'm a writer of essays, non-fiction and historical crime/spy fiction who comes from the ultimate WWII/Cold War family. As a child, our family dinner table conversations revolved around daring escapes, underground networks, being chased by secret police, and even the occassional ghost story. Come to think of it, not much has changed since I've had my own family.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Website:
http://www.victoriadougherty.wordpress.com
Books And Authors I Like:
Anything by Raymond Chandler or Alan Furst. Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, East of Eden, Child 44, The Alienist, The Man Who Was Thursday, Mickey Spillane is fun, The Captive Mind, most Greek Tragedies, The Name of the Rose, any Uncle Oswald story, Peter Mayle beach reading, Shantaram...
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Casablanca, Dr. Zhivago, Raiders of the Lost Ark, TheThomas Crown Affair (old and new), Pan's Labyrinth, Six Feet Under, Mad Men, loved the one episode I saw of Rome, Prime Suspect series, Agatha Christie movies from the 60s and 70s, sucker for James Bond, Ronin, English Patient, The Fugitive, The Pianist...

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Victoria Dougherty's Blog

Life in a Haunted House

We never get any trick-or-treaters. I can tell myself that it’s because we’re the only house on a dead-end street and surely, being off the beaten path is part of the problem. But if I’m to be completely honest, it’s because I know that little kids are afraid of our home.

Yes, we live in THAT…

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Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:41am

My Life in a 9 by 9 Foot Cell

Recently, I was asked to write about where I write and why. That got me thinking…so here are my thoughts.

My home office is, I suppose, a bundle of contradictions.

First of all, it is small.

It’s only half the size of my husband’s home office. I’m kind of like the wife who drives a…

Continue

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 3:16am — 6 Comments

A Wife's Ode to the Cocktail Hour

My husband and I had a lot of fun before we had kids. I mean A LOT. We traveled, we spent money like crack whores, we had nooners for heaven’s sake.

And we also loved going out for cocktails. We probably met at some swanky bar, or curious hell hole, or trendy hipster joint five days a week after…

Continue

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 8:30am

The Bone Church (Cometh): A Chapter Excerpt



My Cold War thriller, The Bone Church, debuts on April 15th and I’m nervous, excited and more than a little bit relieved. Honestly, it feels like my daughter’s wedding or something.

Here’s an idea of what it’s about:

In the surreal and paranoid underworld of wartime Prague, fugitive…

Continue

Posted on April 15, 2014 at 3:53am — 2 Comments

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At 3:37am on October 24, 2014, Gavin Woods said…

Hi Victoria. I'm in the middle of writing my first novel. I've just started reading some Raymond Chandler. Which other Noir/Detective novels do you recommend?

At 12:46am on February 23, 2014, William G. Davis said…
At 1:35pm on December 5, 2013, Jackson Burnett said…

Thanks for the add, Victoria.  The Past Never Ends didn't make the cut.  I'm just glad it was considered.  The Expats by Chris Pavone got the Edgar for Best First Mystery Novel.

I've been away from here for a while and just read your blog on Dracula.  Nice job!

Dracula is also the first legal thriller.  Stoker beat Grisham by almost a century.  https://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4383233-dracula-as-legal-thriller

What do you think?

At 11:45am on February 9, 2013, M.E. Purfield said…

thanks for friending back :-)

At 12:42am on February 9, 2013, Martin Roy Hill said…

Yes and no, Victoria. I have more than 20 years of military service, but most of it is reserve time. I did 13 years in the Coast Guard, active and reserve, split between two enlistments, with three years in the Navy Reserve in between. I'm now a major in a component of the California National Guard, and I work for the Navy as a civilian analyst in battlefield medical capabilities. 

At 2:16pm on June 20, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Check out We Can't Dance Together at A Twist of Noir!
(based on that Steely Dan song that's been stuck in your head since 1980)
At 8:05am on June 5, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
Richlands is in southwestern Virginia, about half way between Bluefield, West Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee.
At 1:22am on June 4, 2010, Jerry Peterson said…
And you are now in Ivy. Where is that? I once lived in Richlands, Virginia. Editor for the newspaper there.
At 4:46am on June 1, 2010, Copper Smith said…
Thanks for the add.
Now let's go littler the world with provocative crime fiction!
At 11:47am on May 17, 2010, Peter Steiner said…
Hello Victoria. I'm glad you enjoyed the cartoon. I hope you like the book.
 
 
 

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