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BV Lawson
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I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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It's Monday and time for another weekly roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES Domenick Lombardozzi has been cast in Martin Scorsese’s Netflix film The Irishman, along with Jeremy Luke and Joseph Russo. They join the all-star ensemble cast of Robert... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Elmore Leonard (1925-2013) penned dozens of novels and a large number of stories, garnered many awards and had his work adapted for film and television, including the series Justified, formerly part of the FX Network lineup. As I mentioned in... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The Long Drop by Denise Mina has won the McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime book of the year. The prize was renamed in 2016 in memory of William McIlvanney, often described as the Godfather of Tartan Noir, and is awarded... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to Monday and the post-hurricane edition of the weekly crime drama roundup: MOVIES Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films has acquired producer/director/writer Deon Taylor’s thriller Traffik, with a release date set for April 27, 2018. Traffik stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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In the UK's York, this year's Big City Read which runs from September 14 to November 10 will focus on Helen Cadbury's 2013 debut thriller, To Catch A Rabbit. Fiona Williams, chief executive of York Explore, which runs the city's... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Monday means it's time for the latest roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES Peter Nicks is set to direct an adaptation of The Fence: A Police Cover-Up Along Boston’s Racial Divide for Fox Searchlight. The project is based on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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There aren't many biographical details available about British author Anne Morice (1918 - 1989), the pen name of Felicity Shaw, other than she studied in London, Paris, and Munich and married documentary film director Alexander Shaw. But between 1970 and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Although most of the news coming out of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has been horrifying, there are a few bright spots, like Murder by the Book, the mystery bookstore that opened its doors to offer free coffee... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to another Monday and a new roundup of the latest crime drama news: MOVIES Scott Free Films and New Sparta Films are teaming up for Neither Confirm Nor Deny, the true story of the CIA secret mission to recover... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Oswald Wynd (1913-1998) was born in Japan, the son of a Baptist missionary from Scotland. Wynd's family moved to the U.S. in the 1930s, where Wynd attended High School in Atlantic City, then later back to Scotland. Wynd's studies at... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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The 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards finalists were named last week. Now in their eighth year, the Ngaio Marsh Awards celebrate the best New Zealand crime, mystery, and thriller writing for both fiction and non-fiction. For all the honorees in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Former Los Angeles Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine. Through the Los Angeles Times/Washington Post News Syndicate, his news and feature stories have been published in over five-hundred newspapers and periodicals worldwide. His screwball... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES The film rights to Ruth Ware’s The Lying Game have been acquired by The Gotham Group, which is also set to produce Ware’s first two novels: The Woman in Cabin 10 and In A Dark, Dark Wood. The Lying... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Lana Hutton Bowen-Judd (1922–1985) was born in Yorkshire, England and worked in a bank and as a solicitor's clerk in London during World War II, where she got first-hand experience she put to good use in her mystery novels. Although... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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The Australian Crime Writers Association announced the shortlist for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards in three categories, Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, and True Crime. Winners will be announced on September 1 during the annual Ned Kelly Awards presentation in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Jennifer Garner is in talks to star in the Pierre Morel-directed action thriller Peppermint, which has been likened to "John Wick with a female protagonist." When her husband and daughter are gunned down in a drive-by, the heroine wakes... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Eric Wright was born in London, England in 1929 but immigrated to Canada and eventually became chair of the English department and Dean of Arts at Ryerson Institute of Technology in Toronto. Wright penned dozens of stories, many of them... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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The fourth Noirwich Crime Writing Festival scheduled for September 14-17 has added Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz, and Martina Cole to the killer lineup that also includes Mark Billingham, Stuart McBride, and Arne Dahl. In addition to the usual panels and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Michael Pronko has won numerous awards for his three collections of writings about life in Tokyo. He has written about Japanese culture, art, jazz, society, architecture, and politics for Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, Artscape Japan, as well as other... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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August means a lighter than usual roster of crime drama news, but there are still some interesting tidbits to pass along: MOVIES New Line Cinema picked up the unique superhero-crime project Pulse, based on an upcoming novel by Michael Harvey.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Julian Gustave Symons (1912-1994) was an English poet and biographer and served as a mystery fiction reviewer for The Sunday Times. He also wrote non-fiction books on criminology and one titled Bloody Murder (a/k/a Mortal Consequences), a history of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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The Crime Writers Association (CWA) announced the Dagger Awards shortlists, with winners to be handed out at the annual dinner in October. The categories include The Ian Fleming Steel Dagger, The John Creasy (New Blood) Dagger, The Endeavour Historical Dagger,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to Monday and the latest roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES The New York Times cited unnamed sources that Daniel Craig is returning for one more Bond film, after months of "will he or won't he" speculation. Although neither... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2017 at In Reference to Murder