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Wednesday 10 April 2019

☀Velvalee Dickinson: The "Doll Woman" Spy - Barbara Casey

Thank you for joining us on the Virtual Book Tour for Velvalee Dickinson: The "Doll Woman" Spy, a True Crime Biography by (, Strategic Media Press , 150 pages).

Don't miss our interview with author Barbara Casey.

PREVIEW: Check out the book's synopsis and the Kindle Cloud Reader Preview below.

Author Barbara Casey will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.   Please do take part: comment on our post and follow the tour where you will be able to read other excerpts (☀), interviews (ℚ), reviews (✍) and guest blog posts (✉).

|| Synopsis || Teaser: KCR Preview || Author Q&A || About the Author || Giveaway & Tour Stops ||


In the early 1930s, Velvalee Dickinson moved to New York City where she opened her own exclusive doll shop. She built her reputation as an expert in rare, antique, and foreign dolls. She traveled extensively around the country lecturing and exhibiting her dolls while building a wealthy clientele. Due to her husband’s poor health and her failing business, she accepted the role as a spy for the Imperial Japanese Government. By hiding coded messages in her correspondence about dolls, she was able to pass on to her Japanese contacts critical military information about the US warships.

The FBI arrested her and charged her with espionage and violation of censorship laws. She became the first American woman to face the death penalty on charges of spying for a wartime enemy. Eventually the espionage charge was dropped, and she was sentenced to 10 years at Alderson Correctional Facility and a $10,000 fine. Four years into her stay at Alderson, Eunice Kennedy took a special interest in Velvalee and helped her find employment once she left Alderson. Later, Velvalee would become Eunice’s private secretary.

Velvalee Dickinson reached out to Eunice one last time when she was in her 70s, asking for her assistance in getting a job at the New York World’s Fair. She eventually disappeared, having lived her life after prison in anonymity.

Velvalee Dickinson: The “Doll Woman” Spy is a carefully researched glimpse into the “Doll Woman’s” life as a collector of dolls, and as the highest paid American woman who spied for the Imperial Japanese Government during World War II.

About the Author

Barbara Casey is the author of several award-winning novels for both adults and young adults, as well as book-length works of nonfiction, and numerous articles, poems, and short stories. Her nonfiction true crime book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly, has been optioned for a major film and television series. Her nonfiction book, Assata Shakur: A 20th Century Escaped Slave, is under contract for a major film. In addition to her own writing, she is an editorial consultant and president of the Barbara Casey Agency. Established in 1995, she represents authors throughout the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Japan.

In 2018 Barbara received the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and Top Professional Award for her extensive experience and notable accomplishments in the field of publishing and other areas. Barbara lives on a mountain in Georgia with her husband, and three pets who adopted her: Benton, a hound-mix; Reese, a black cat; and Earl Gray, a gray cat and Reese’s best friend.

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Giveaway and Tour Stops

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Follow Velvalee Dickinson: The "Doll Woman" Spy's tour at:

Apr 1: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
Apr 2: Rogue's Angels
Apr 3: Fabulous and Brunette
Apr 4: All the Ups and Downs
Apr 5: Edgar's Books
Apr 8: Our Town Book Reviews ✍
Apr 8: It's Raining Books
Apr 9: Locks, Hooks and Books
Apr 10: BooksChatter
Apr 11: This and That Book Blog
Apr 12: Kit 'N Kabookle


Barbara Casey said...

Thank you so much for hosting me and for your interest in my latest nonfiction book. I look forward to spending time with you and your bloggers.

My best,

Victoria Alexander said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Barbara Casey said...

Thank you for following my tour, Victoria.

Rita Wray said...

Sounds like a great read.

Rose-Marie said...

This sounds fascinating. I love biographies.

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

James Robert said...

Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read. I enjoy these tours and finding out about many terrific books.

Barbara Casey said...

Thanks for stopping by, Rita.

Barbara Casey said...

Thank you for your comment, Rose-Marie. I am glad you stopped by.

Barbara Casey said...

I am glad you stopped by, James.