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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Here's a wrap-up of this week's crime drama news: MOVIES Director Ridley Scott is taking on Don Winslow's novel Cartel as a film adaptation for Fox. The drug-trafficking plot has prescient parallels to the real-life escape of Mexican drug lord... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
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Elizabeth Ferrars (1907-1995), born Morna Doris MacTaggart, was a British crime writer and founding member of the Crime Writers Association who received a special Silver Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1980. Her Golden Age books totaled over 70 in all,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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This week's look at crime fiction news includes awards in the UK, New Zealand, and Spain, a profile of Maj Sjöwal, the cast of cast of HBO's The Wire reunited in Baltimore, and more. Debut author Sarah Hilary has won... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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It's Monday again, which means summer is flying by, but even better, it's time for the latest wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES James Franco and Ahna O’Reilly are developing a movie version of Alex Marwood’s murder mystery The Killer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Jessica Mann (b. 1937) originally earned degrees in archaeology, Anglo-Saxon and law and worked in various fields in the UK, including as a Planning Inspector. She later turned her hand to writing crime fiction, and her novel, A Charitable End,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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More book awards this week: The 2015 Thriller Awards were handed out at the annual ThrillerFest in New York City. Megan Abbott won Best Novel for The Fever; Vincent Zandri won in the Best Paperback Original category for Moonlight Weeps;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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We lost another one of our Friday's Forgotten Books "family" on Sunday when Randy Johnson, who operated the blog Not the Baseball Pitcher, passed away (Ron Scheer left us in April). Randy had suffered from health problems for a while,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Dominic Cooper will play the lead in Stratton, after Henry Cavill left the picture just before production started. Stratton is based on Duncan Falconer’s book series and follows the titular John Stratton, a British Special Boat Service commando tasked... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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A doctor by trade, although better known for his classic plays like The Seagull and Uncle Vanya, Anton Chekhov actually began his literary career writing stories, many of which were in the psychological suspense vein. They were published in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Next time you're at a dinner party or need some quickie facts to show how cool crime fiction really is (as if you really needed an excuse), maybe these will come in handy: Agatha Christie (1890–1976) is the world’s best-selling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Some good magazine news: BJ Bourg, former editor of the now-defunct Mouth Full of Bullets ezine, announced he's spearheading a new quarterly called BJ Bourg's Mystery Mag. He's seeking mystery/crime flash stories on the hard-boiled side of 500 to 750... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The summer issue of Prose 'n Cons is out with a profile of true crime writer and novelist Carla Norton, who wrote a NYT bestseller on the Cameron Hooker kidnapping and bondage case titled Perfect Victim. After writing about real-life... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Monday blues got you down? Maybe the latest news of crime dramas on film and TV will perk you up: MOVIES Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow's next project is Book of Henry, based on an original screenplay written by best-selling... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Born in 1899, she was called America's Agatha Christie by her biographer, Rick Cypert, and was once the third highest paid female mystery writer (after Christie herself and Mary Roberts Rinehart). Her name is Mignon Good Eberhart and she was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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There's been a lot of news lately from a variety of annual crime fiction awards, but what if those awards only happened every four years? That's what you face in the world of piano competitions, including the Van Cliburn and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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At a banquet last evening, the Crime Writers Association announced more of its annual Dagger Awards. The International Dagger went to Camille, by Pierre Lemaitre, translated by Frank Wynne; the Short Story Dagger was handed out for “Apocrypha,” by Richard... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Pinterest isn't all just recipes and fashion - it can be a treasure trove of research for crime fiction authors. I have boards there for my Scott Drayco series research and another for Drayco's world, but also ones for Writing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's your latest weekly wrap-up of crime fiction news on stage, screen, and video games: MOVIES Steven Spielberg is developing author Michael Crichton’s thriller Micro at DreamWorks. The story "follows a group of graduate students lured to Hawaii to work... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Author Heron Carvic was a study in contrasts. Born Geoffrey Richard William Harris in 1917, his public persona took him into very visible roles as an actor, and yet he was such a private person that very little is known... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
This is one of the Mystery Author Interviews I've been adding to my YouTube Channel. Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2015 at In Reference to Murder