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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Mystery Writers of America announced that Lois Duncan and James Ellroy have been chosen as the 2015 Grand Masters. The award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre and... Continue reading
Posted 9 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
Margaret Morgan grew up in a rural area in Shropshire, England and turned her hand to teaching, both in the UK and overseas. But after a tragic medical diagnosis led to early retirement, Margaret’s husband suggested she write to avoid... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
Here are the latest crime drama headlines from the big screen, small screen, and theater: AWARDS The 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award nominations were announced last week. Several crime-related movie and TV dramas were highlighted, including the WWII code... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
John Reeves was born in British Columbia in December 1926, but was raised and educated in England where he studied music at St John's College, Cambridge. Eventually, he found himself back in Canada as a music and documentary producer for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Christmas book sculpture, artist unknown The CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award honoring an author's body of work was handed out to Sharon Bolton, the author of eight books as well as the Lacey Flint series. The other four... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Well, maybe Christmas isn't murder per se, but sometimes shopping can certainly feel like it. So, here are some ideas to help you find something unusual for the mystery reader on your shopping list: This crime scene pot trivet is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Director Sam Mendes has revealed the title for Bond 24, which will be Spectre. The newest cast members are Christoph Waltz, Andrew Scott (Moriarty of BBC's Sherlock), Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux. Returning cast members include Daniel... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Rebecca Rothenberg was one of five authors Elizabeth Foxwell highlighted as female mystery writers who left us too soon. In Rothenberg's case, she died in 1998 of a brain tumor at the age of 50. In addition to being an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Book sculpture by Su Blackwell The Guardian has a lengthy tribute—including extra interviews, videos, pictures, quotes, and the official obituary—for crime fiction icon PD James, who died last week. The creator of the much-loved detective Adam Dalgliesh once said "I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Here's the latest crime drama news, which is a bit truncated due to the Thanksgiving holiday: MOVIES Susanna Lo is directing the indie drama Manson Girls, about the female devotees who joined Charles Manson’s flock in the 1960s and helped... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Barbara Burnett Smith did voiceover work in radio and television commercials for two decades and also owned a company that provided communication and leadership classes. But as the daughter-in-law of mystery writer, Thomas B. Dewey, Barbara was bitten by the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
In celebration of Thanksgiving, Janet Rudolph posted holiday-themed mysteries from A to Z (author-wise) on her Mystery Fanfare blog. How can you go wrong with such titles as The Diva Runs Out of Thyme and One Foot in the Gravy.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Here's a wrap-up of the latest news about crime dramas and podcasts: MOVIES Jason Reitman and Nick Hornby are developing the bank heist film I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family for Fox Searchlight, which is based on a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Celestine Sibley (1914–1999) worked as a journalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 50 years, covering the James Earl Ray trial, among her many assignments. She penned more than 10,000 columns, as well as many popular essays on southern... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Based in Vermont, author Tim Weed teaches at GrubStreet in Boston and in the MFA Creative & Professional Writing program at Western Connecticut State University. He is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and a Solas Best... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
One of the "mystery" book sculptures in Scotland Bouchercon 2014 wrapped up this past weekend, which also means we now know this year's winners for the Anthony Awards, the Barry Awards, the Macavity Awards, and the Shamus Awards. William Kent... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Today's guest post is from British author JM Shorney, author of Progeny of a Killer. Undercover agent and assassin, Aidan McRaney, is sent to infiltrate the lair of fellow Irishman, Daniel Corrigan, by his boss, wheelchair-bound Sir George Treveleyan. Only... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Here's the latest news wrap-up for crime-related movies, television shows, podcasts, and the theater: MOVIES At last week's Hollywood Film Awards, David Fincher's adaptation of Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl took home the top prize. Benedict Cumberbatch snagged the Best... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Paula Gosling was born Paula Osius in 1939, the daughter of an inventor in Detroit, Michigan. She tried her hand at poetry at Wayne State University and later at a Detroit advertising agency, but wasn't happy. In 1964, she headed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
Hemmie Martin has spent most of her professional life as a nurse, including being a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities and a Forensic Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2014 at In Reference to Murder