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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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"Future of Books" sculpture by Kyle Bean The Crime Writers of Canada announced the longlist for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing in the best novel category. The new issue of the Film Noir Foundation's... Continue reading
Posted 17 minutes ago at In Reference to Murder
World Book Night U.S released an interactive map of participating book donors, official stores, and libraries taking part in the festivities later this month. According to Executive Director Carl Lennertz, the site is a great tool for all book lovers... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Brie Larson has signed on to star in the indie drama Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, playing a woman kidnapped as a teenager and held captive for years in a tiny room with her 5-year-old son Jack. Emma Donoghue... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
British author Alfred Edward Woodley (A.E.W.) Mason, born in 1865, spent much of his career serving in Parliament and in World War I where he worked in naval intelligence. Although his first novel was A Romance at Wastdale, Mason is... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
The International Thriller Writers announced the finalists for the Thriller Awards, including Best Hardcover Novel contenders Linda Castillo – Her Last Breath; Lee Child – Never Go Back; Lisa Gardner – Touch and Go; Stephen King – Doctor Sleep; Owen... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Brad Pitt and his Plan B production company will produce an adaptation of David Kushner's Rolling Stone article "Anonymous vs. Steubenville." The story follows Deric Lostutter, an Anonymous hacker involved in exposing a cover-up of the rape of a 16-year-old... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
American author Charlotte Armstrong Lewi (1905-1969) wrote poetry, plays, short stories and 28 novels under the name Charlotte Armstrong and the pen name Jo Valentine, as well as working in the worlds of fashion, advertising and accounting. Her first success... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
The Short Mystery Fiction Society announced the winners of the Derringers for 2014: Best Flash Story (Up to 1,000 Words): "Luck is What You Make" by Stephen D. Rogers (Crime Factory, May 2013) Best Short Story (1,001-4,000 Words): "The Present"... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
It's National Poetry Month, and that means it's also time for the third annual blog tour for the 5-2 Crime Poetry Weekly. The 5-2 site, edited by Gerald So and the occasional guest editor, publishes an original poem every Monday.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Produucer Edward R. Pressman (Wall Street, American Psycho) has optioned feature film rights to debut author Ted Scofield's thriller novel Eat What You Kill (published just this past week by St. Martin's Press). The film is described as "a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
In honor of the NCAA tournament, I'm posting this FFB basketball-themed "classic." In 2006, Otto Penzler released the anthology Murder at the Foul Line, with stories contributed by a Who's Who of crime fiction: Lawrence Block, Jeffery Deaver, Sue DeNymme,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Book sculpture by Book Canvas Strand Magazine announced the finalists for its Critics Awards and also named Peter Lovesey and R.L. Stine as the recipients of The Strand’s Lifetime Achievement Award for excellence in crime and thriller writing. (Hat tip... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Warner Bros and RatPac Entertainment acquired Harlan Coben's upcoming new mystery novel Missing You in a preemptive screen rights deal. The book centers on an NYPD female detective sucked into an intricate scheme led by a calculating killer, after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
This week's installment for Patti Abbott's Friday's "Forgotten" Books is from Ed McBain (1926-2005), the pen name of Salvatore Albert Lombino who later legally changed his name to Evan Hunter in 1952. The prolific output of McBain/Hunter included over 110... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Book sculpture by Luciana Frigerio Kelli Stanley and Lisa Brackmann are helping coordinate a "Noir at the Bar" event at the upcoming Left Coast Crime conference. They're taking over the hotel bar Thursday (tomorow) night in a flashmob event they're... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
A new bookstore in Texas caught my eye the other day. The Wild Detectives in Dallas is a combination bookstore (a small, curated section of books) and cafe and bar. Or, as the article in the Dallas Observer notes, "you... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Jon Favreau is set to co-star in Universal's crime thriller Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn as a thief who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder. Vaughn's character is forced to take his estranged daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
I'm pleased to have a story in the just-released anthology Plan B III. I'm grateful to editor Darusha Wehm for her hard work on this series, and very happy to be sharing space with such fine authors as the very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
The dime novel detective "Old Sleuth" was the creation of Harlan Halsey, a former director of the Brooklyn Education Board, and said to be the first character to use the word "sleuth" to denote a detective. In fact, the owners... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
The Night Circus Book Sculpture by wetcanvas Congratulations to Laura Lippman, the winner of the first Pinckley Prize for a Distinguished Body of Work. Gwen Florio also won the Pinckley Prize for a Debut Novel for her first book, Montana,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
The 15th Century Voynich manuscript, described by some as either the "world's most mysterious document" or an elaborate hoax, has haunted historians, cryptographers, and linguists for centuries. Although the manuscript was dated to the early 1400s, it virtually disappeared until... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at In Reference to Murder