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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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The theme of Patti Abbott's Friday's "Forgotten" Books feature today is short story collections and anthologies. (You can check out all the other entries via her blog link.) Long before the current wave of crime fiction started flooding in from... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
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Mystery Readers NorCal is hosting an evening Literary Salon with William Kent Krueger on Thursday, October 6 in Berkeley, CA. Krueger is the author of the Cork O’Connor series set in the north woods of Minnesota and has received Edgar,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Sunday marked the beginning of the annual Banned Books Week in the U.S., a project created by "a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read." The... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Can it really be Monday again? Why yes, it can, but to soften the blow, here's a wrap-up of news about upcoming crime dramas: MOVIES Fox has bought the movie rights to an untitled crime thriller by novelist Don Winslow... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
If you watch a lot of movies and TV, you've probably heard the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and didn't even know it. The Russian composer was born on this date in 1906 (d. 1975) and was one of the giants... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Richard Lockridge was born in Missouri in 1898 and became a journalist and drama critic for the New York Sun. In 1922, he married his wife Frances, a reporter and music critic for the Kansas City Post, and the duo... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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The annual Boucheron conference held this past weekend included the usual slate of award presentations, with the announcement of the Anthony, Shamus, Barry, and Macavity honors. The Anthony Awards, voted on by attendees at the convention, were handed out to:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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There are several fun, new anthologies that have come to my attention lately I thought I might pass along. The first two will delight fans of Sherlockiana, with new short fiction by a variety of today's best authors from crime... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Monday greetings to all, with the latest news from the world of crime drama on stage and screen: MOVIES Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio have all signed on to star in Andorra, joining previously-cast Clive Owen.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Well, it certainly doesn't feel like autumn in these parts, but perhaps this piece will get you in the mood just in time for the Vernal Equinox this Thursday, September 22. It's the first movement of the "Autumn" concerto from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Magdalen Nabb was born in Lancashire in 1947 but lived in Florence, Italy, from 1975 until her death in 2007. She wrote both children's fiction and crime fiction, the latter featuring her literary creation Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia. She modeled the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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A new award named in honor of the late crime writer William McIlvanney has been won by author Chris Brookmyre for his novel Black Widow. The McIlvanney Prize was previously known as the Scottish Crime Book of the year and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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To quote the Mamas and the Papas' song, "Monday, Monday, so good to me" ... well, at least, it's good for one thing and that is the weekly roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES First Look Media, one of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Today is the birthday of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, born on this date in 1935, and to celebrate, here's a short haunting, ethereal piano piece called "Für Alina" considered to be part of his Tintinnabuli or "chant like" style. (Note,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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In the 1996 anthology The Oxford Book of American Detective Stories, Tony Hillerman and Rosemary Herbert collected 33 stories that help trace the evolution of crime fiction in the U.S. from locked room mysteries, to hard-boiled tales of the '30s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Sisters in Crime announced the winner of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award for 2016 is Stephane Dunn. Dunn is a writer and professor at Morehouse College where she directs the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Douglas Perry is a journalist and the award-winning author of the true-crime books The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago and also Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero. His... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's your Labor Day version of Media Murder for Monday featuring the latest in crime drama news: MOVIES David Lancaster’s Rumble Films has signed Dark Night writer/director Tim Sutton to adapt and direct the crime thriller Donnybrook. Based on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Eric Wright was born in London, England in 1929 to a poor working-class family, an experience he later detailed in his memoir, Always Give a Penny to a Blind Man. When he was 22, he immigrated to Canada and eventually... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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The winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards were announced this past weekend, following a record number of entries this year. Trust No One, a psychological thriller about a writer with early onset Alzheimer’s who starts confessing the murders in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Hard to believe it's the beginning of another week, but happily, this also means it's time for the latest wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES James Franco is developing three movies based on novels by crime fiction writer Tom Franklin,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at In Reference to Murder