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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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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 10 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
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 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Gladys Maude Winifred Mitchell (1901–1983) taught English, Spanish, history and games in various schools in and around London and was a lifelong student herself, interested in poetry, archaeology, medieval architecture, Freud, and witchcraft (thanks to the influence of her friend,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Anna Quindlen once said "Those of us who read because we love it more than anything, feel about bookstores the way some people feel about jewelers." I've loved hanging out in bookstores since I was old enough to read, and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
The nine finalists for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel were just announced, and you can check out the longlist via this Facebook link or courtesy or this one, courtesy of the Rap Sheet. The award is named... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
It's Media Murder for Monday time again, with the latest news on crime dramas on stage and screen, including the Writers Guild of America Awards. AWARDS The Writers Guild of America (WGA) handed out their top honors this past weekend.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
So many authors seem to pop out of nowhere, bring us several very fine works—even award-winning titles—only to disappear from the writing world. Michael Allegretto is one such example of a mysteriously vanishing writer. The only biographical information I could... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
If you're struggling with ideas for Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetie, and said sweetie happens to be a fan of crime fiction, here are some ideas that just might help. After all, who needs plain, boring chocolate? Nothing says... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
The Crime Writer’s Association announced that Catherine Aird (pen name of Kinn Hamilton McIntosh) will join the likes of P.D. James, Elmore Leonard and Ed McBain in receiving the organization's Diamond Dagger award, one of the highest honors in the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
That was the question asked by the agent behind the Mysterious Matters blog (run by a publishing insider) a few years ago after attending one Malice Domestic Conference and being asked—probably for the thousandth time—how to get published, deciding that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Top o'the week means it's time again for "Media Murder for Monday," with the latest crime drama news from stage and screen: AWARDS The BAFTA awards (essentially the "British Oscars") were handed out last night. Congrats to all the winners,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
English novelist Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) began his working life employed by his father, engaged in the joy of rent collection. He managed to work in a little journalism in his spare time out of boredom, but his breakthrough didn't come... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced the nominees for the annual Hammett prize, awarded to a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. This year's... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
I apologize for Media Monday for Monday being a tad late, but the poor hubster came down with a bad case of the flu. Here is the latest news from the world of crime dramas on the big and small... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
I'm hosting Friday's Forgotten Books today so that Patti Abbott can spend the week working on the copy edits for her new novel Concrete Angel, to be published by Polis Books later this year. At the end of this post,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Left Coast Crime 2015 announced the nominees in four categories that will be handed out at the 25th annual LCC convention in Portland in mid-March, including The Lefty for best humorous mystery novel, a tradition since 1996. Others this year... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
AWARDS Congratulations to all the film and television winners of the Screen Actors Guild Awards handed out last night in Los Angeles. For the complete list, check out the SAG awards website. MOVIES The complete version of a rare narrative... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Henry Slesar (1927-2002) was an American author, playwright, and copywriter, and I think it's say to say he was prolific. Around 1955, he started to write short stories while working as a copywriter and eventually created 500 stories for magazines... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Mystery Writers of America just announced the nominees for the 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at the 69th Gala Banquet, April 29,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at In Reference to Murder