Victoria Blake studied history at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. After qualifying as a solicitor she worked in publishing for Gerald Duckworth. She then moved into bookselling, first at the Silver Moon Bookshop and then Bookcase. She is the author of the crime series figuring the private investigator Sam Falconer: Bloodless Shadow, Cutting Blades, Skin and Blister and Jumping the Cracks. The series is based in Oxford and London. She has also written two books for the Crime Archive series based on documents held at the National Archive. One is about Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK and the other is on Florence Maybrick, a young American woman who was accused of poisoning her husband with arsenic in Liverpool at the end of the nineteenth century.
Latest book: MRS MAYBRICK
Mrs Maybrick was either a vile poisoner or a Victorian victim, falsely accused of administering arsenic when her husband James died in agony at their Liverpool home.
The case against the Alabama belle was complicated by intrigue, adultery and drug abuse, but the British establishment was convinced of her guilt - with tragic results.
MRS MAYBRICK (The National Archives, 2008); RUTH ELLIS (The National Archives, 2008); JUMPING THE CRACKS (Orion, 2007, Norway - Cappelen Damm); SKIN AND BLISTER (Orion, 2006); CUTTING BLADES (Orion, 2005, US - Berkley, Netherlands - De Boekerij); BLOODLESS SHADOW (Orion, 2003, US - Berkley, The Netherlands - De Boekerij, Norway - Cappelen Damm).