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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Monday greetings! To celebrate, here's a roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES Emily Hampshire has landed the lead role in Never Saw It Coming, a suspense thriller to be directed by Gail Harvey that's based on Linwood Barclay’s 2013 novel.... Continue reading
Posted 17 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
In her 67 years, California author Elizabeth Linington wrote some 82 crime fiction novels published between 1955 and 1990 under her own name as well as the pen names Anne Blaisdell, Lesley Egan, Egan O'Neill, and Dell Shannon. She started... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
The Lefty Awards from this year's Left Coast Crime conference were announced and include the Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel: Ellen Byron, Body on the Bayou; the Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial) for books covering... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Sherri Smith wrote two historical fiction novels for Simon & Schuster UK before deciding to try her hand at crime fiction. Her debut thriller is Follow Me Down, which she says is the type of book she also enjoys reading,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Here's your weekly roundup of the latest crime drama news: MOVIES Sony Pictures is moving forward with the delayed follow-up to the studio’s 2011 The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (based on the Millennium book series created by Stieg Larsson),... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
When most people think of Louisa May Alcott, Little Women comes to mind, and indeed, that is her chief claim to fame in literary history. However, she also penned Gothic thrillers ("potboilers") under the name A. M. Barnard, a fact... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
On Saturday, during the inaugural Murder and Mayhem crime fiction conference in Chicago, organizers presented Sara Paretsky with the very first Sara Paretsky Award, designed to honor great crime fiction from the Midwest. Paretsky, the author of more than 20... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
J. L. ABRAMO is a long-time educator, arts journalist, film and stage actor and theater director. His evolution to writing crime fiction might have been ordained by the fact he was born on Raymond Chandler's fifty-ninth birthday. Abramo's short fiction... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Welcome to Monday and the weekly wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES Sony is picking up the rights to Hunting El Chapo: The Thrilling Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captures the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord, the upcoming book... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Hazel Dorothy Scott (1920-1981) was a Trinidadian-born pianist (a child musical prodigy who at only eight years old was given a scholarship from the Juilliard School of Music to be privately tutored) and a singer who also performed as herself... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Edmund Clerihew "E.C." Bentley (1875-1956) was an early 20th-century popular English novelist and humorist who's also credited with being the inventor of the clerihew, an irregular form of humorous verse on biographical topics. His 1913 detective novel Trent's Last Case... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Barnes & Noble announced that Abby Geni’s The Lightkeepers, "a sublime debut novel about a young woman who finds herself at the center of a murder mystery on a remote island," was the winner of the 2016 Discover Award for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
SAMUEL BJØRK is the pen name of Norwegian novelist, playwright and singer/songwriter Frode Sander Øien. Øien wrote his first stageplay at the age of twenty-one and then went on to write two highly acclaimed literary novels, Pepsi Love (2001) and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Here's your new wrap-up of the latest in crime drama news: MOVIES DreamWorks Pictures picked up the spec screenplay Bad Cop, Bad Cop written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis and Jim Freeman, with Feimster attached to star. Scott Stuber’s Bluegrass... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The shortlists for the LA Times Book Prizes were announced last week, including the titles for Best Mystery/Thriller: Bill Beverly, Dodgers; Graeme Macrae Burnet, His Bloody Project: Documents Relating to the Case of Roderick Macrae; Emma Cline, The Girls; Ian... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Author Helen Worrell Clarkson McCloy (1904-1994) was part of the Golden Age era of crime fiction. Her mother was writer Helen Worrell McCloy and her father, William McCloy, longtime managing editor of the New York Evening Sun. She was educated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Top o'the week means it's time for the latest news from the world of crime dramas, including the 89th Oscars: AWARDS The Academy Award nominees included a few crime/thriller/mystery-related dramas such as Elle, Hell or High Water, Nocturnal Animals, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Fred Vargas (the pseudonym of Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau) is one of France's most acclaimed crime writers, although she didn't start out that way. In fact, her day job was an archaeologist specializing in epidemiology, which is why she was so surprised... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Erle Stanley Gardner (1889 – 1970) was an American lawyer and author best known for the Perry Mason series of legal detective stories that spawned a series of Hollywood films of the 1930s, and then a titular radio program, which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Author and former CBC Radio Noon host Louise Penny became part of the Order of Canada Friday in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Penny is a New York Times bestselling author whose work includes the award-winning Armand Gamache... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Michael Mayo has written about film for the Washington Post and the Roanoke Times. He was the host of the nationally syndicated radio programs Movie Show on Radio and Max and Mike on the Movies. He is the author of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at In Reference to Murder