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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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UPDATE (with thanks to Mystery Fanfare/Rap Sheet): The International Thrill Writers announced the finalists for the 2015 Thriller Awards in various categories. Check out the nominated authors and categories on the official ITW site, and congratulations to them all! The... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest crime drama news from stage and screen: MOVIES Skydance Productions, MGM, and Paramount TV are shopping around a remake of Sydney Pollack's 1975 spy thriller Three Days of the Condor (starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway). Like... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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As this year's Edgar Awards ceremony approaches, I particularly enjoy looking at the debut novel nominees, wondering where their literary careers might take them from here. This prompted me to look back at previous nominees and winners, and I ran... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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It's time once again for some Author R&R (Reference and Research), today featuring Peter Swanson. Plus at the bottom of this post, look for details on how to win a free book! Peter Swanson is the author of two novels,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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This year's Crime & Mystery Weekend at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, August 14-16, is dedicated to the late PD James. Highlights will include lectures by special guests Ann Cleves and Alan Bradley, as well as sessions like "Detecting Couples, "The... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Universal is moving forward with a remake of Scarface, hiring Jonathan Herman to do the rewrite and Pablo Larraín to direct. The new film is said to be an update and will be set in Los Angeles intead of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Colin Watson (1920-1983) was a British author who started out in life as a journalist, first as a reporter for the Boston Guardian and later as an editorial writer, theater critic and book reviewer. In 1958, while still working for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Deadly Pleasures magazine announced the finalists for the annual Barry Awards for crime fiction in the categories of Best Fiction, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, and Best Thriller. (Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.) Foreword Review's INDIEFAB Book of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest news of crime dramas on stage and screen: MOVIES Although the reboot of Murder on the Orient Express has been on hold for some time, it seems to be moving forward with the hiring of Michael Green... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Edwin and Mona Augusta (M.A.) Radford were a husband and wife writing duo — Edwin, a journalist on Fleet Street for 45 years and member of the Savage Club (gentleman's club) in London, and Mona a writer of children's verse... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The Los Angeles Times Book Prize competition announced finalists in various categories, including the five top Mystery/Thriller novels first published in 2014 (with winners announced on April 18, during the L.A. Times Festival of Books): Dry Bones in the Valley,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest crime drama news on the air, on the stage and on screen: MOVIES Benjamin Bratt will star alongside Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger in The Infiltrator, a fact-based thriller directed by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer). The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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At one time, Stuart Palmer (1905-1968) was considered one of the best authors in the mystery genre, writing dozens of stories, books and screenplays. No less than John Dickson Carr, Anthony Boucher and Fred Dannay (one-half of the writing duo... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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I'm going to be writing a News column for the quarterly Prose 'n Cons magazine, so now's your chance to send along any news that would interest the wider community of crime fiction fans and readers. If you know of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The LAMBDA Literary Awards honoring excellence in LGBT fiction announced finalists in various categories, including mysteries. For all the nominees, check out the Lamba Literary website. The Short Mystery Fiction Society also announced finalists for excellence in short crime fiction,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike will star opposite Christian Bale for the big-screen adaptation of John D. MacDonald's The Deep Blue Good-by (with Dennis Lehane penning the first draft of the script), centering on Travis McGee (Bale), the self-described “salvage... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Hubert "Hugh" Holton grew up in Woodlawn, outside of Chicago, the only son of a police officer. In high school, he started reading detective novels from the school library—Mickey Spillane, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle. He... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The Mystery Critics Award (Prix Mystère de la critique), one of France’s most prestigious crime fiction honors, hands out two awards each year, one for best French Fiction, the other going to an international author. This year's winners are Nicolas... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Last year, the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House partnered to sponsor the second industry-wide #TwitterFiction Festival. What exactly is a Twitter Fiction Festival, you may ask? Pretty much like it sounds, as it turns out. Over the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Happy Monday to everyone! Here's your latest news from the world of crime dramas on the screen, on the air, and on the stage: AWARDS The 87th Academy Awards were handed out last night. Although most of the winners were... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at In Reference to Murder