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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 musical crime fiction 'supergroup' The Fun Lovin' Crime Writers will perform in Belfast on November 2 as special guests of the NOIReland International Crime Fiction Festival. Group members, which include Val McDermid, Mark Billingham, Christopher Brookmyre, Luca Veste, Doug... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to a new Monday and a new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN Lawrence Kasdan (of Star Wars fame) is turning his attention next to the JFK assassination, acquiring the film rights to November Road, the new... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
'Tis the month of Halloween, so it seems appropriate to feature "spooky" music this month. What better than the Totentanz (literally "Dance of Death") by Franz Liszt. The work includes the iconic Gregorian chant "Dies Irae," used in my Scott... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The Wonderland Ballroom in Washington, D.C., will host an event as part of the "Chilled to the Marrow" Noir at the Bar series on October 27 from 5-6:30. Author Duane Swierczynski is a beloved member of the crime fiction community,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Here's your weekly roundup of the latest crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN 20th Century Fox has optioned the best-selling series Spy School by Stuart Gibbs and attached the author attached to write the screenplay based on the first title... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
The Leeds International Piano Competition just wrapped up, and the winner was 20-year-old American Eric Lu. Lu is about the same age as Scott Drayco when his career was cut short by tragedy, but I'm hoping that Lu has a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Phoebe Atwood Taylor (1909-1976) was born in Boston, the child of Cape Cod natives who were also descendants of Mayflower Pilgrims. After Taylor married a Boston surgeon, they had a summer home on the Cape, which explains why the author... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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The submission deadline for articles for the Clues: A Journal of Detection issue "Interwar Mysteries: The Golden Age and Beyond" is coming up soon on October 12. Guest edited by Victoria Stewart (University of Leicester),the issue will look at the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to a new Monday and a new roundup of the latest crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN Warner Brothers picked up film rights to Annie Ward’s debut thriller, Beautiful Bad, which has a U.S. publication date set for March... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Ursula Reilly Curtiss, born in 1923, came into the world with fairly impressive crime-fiction genes. Her mother, Helen Reilly, her sister, Mary McMullen, and her brother, James Kieran, all wrote mysteries. Curtis didn't start out that way, working first as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Liam McIlvanney has won the Scottish crime fiction award named in honor of his father, William McIlvanney, the late "godfather of tartan noir," with his novel The Quaker, based on the Bible John murders. McIlvanney won over the other shortlisted... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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It's Monday again and that means it's time for the latest crime drama roundup: THE BIG SCREEN Sony is developing the film, Storming Las Vegas, based on the 2008 book from John Huddy. Dennis Lehane has been hired to adapt... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2018 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 21, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Sisters in Crime NorCal is sponsoring a Mystery Writing Intensive Workshop, October 6, in Daly City, CA. The special guest authors and workshop leaders include Jessica Lourey, Catriona McPherson, Gene Brenek, and Marla Cooper. The one-day event includes craft workshops... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Hope all those of you in the path of Florence and the storm's aftermath are safe this Monday morning (and it's always good to remind folks that the American Red Cross needs your help in times of disaster relief situations).... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Jean Catherine Potts (1910-1999) started out writing mystery short stories, many of which appeared in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and Woman's Day. In 1954 she had her first novel published, Go, Lovely Rose, which won the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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With each annual Bouchercon convention comes news of a cornucopia of award winners, including the Anthony, Macavity, Shamus, and Barry Awards. This past weekend, the 2018 Anthonys were awarded to: Best Novel: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke Best First Novel:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Monday greetings and welcome to the latest crime drama roundup: THE BIG SCREEN Media Rights Capital won a bidding war at the Toronto Film Festival for the world rights to Knives Out, a contemporary murder mystery that will star Daniel... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Tell most authors they must write 10,000 words a day — in longhand —toward the goal of creating some 600 books in their lifetime, and they would likely say something along the lines of (in polite terms), "it can't be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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The 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award winners were announced recently at the WORD Christchurch Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand. Best Crime Novel went to Marlborough Man by Alan Carter, and the Best First Novel was All Our Secrets by Jennifer Lane.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Hard to believe another week has flown by, but it's Monday again and that means it's time for another edition of the latest crime drama roundup: MOVIES Quentin Tarantino has been adding a number of notable names to the cast... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2018 at In Reference to Murder