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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Book page pumpkin by Kara The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014 were broadcast last week on ITV in the UK, honoring work in both broadcasting and literature. Among the authors who received recognition were Peter May (Crime Thriller Book Club... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
Via Open Culture: With Halloween fast approaching, let us remind you that few American writers can get you into the existentially chilling spirit of this climatically chilling season than Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). And given that he lived and wrote... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES U.K. director Ben Wheatley will take on his first U.S. project with the 1970s crime drama Free Fire. The film will star Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, and Michael Smiley in the Boston-set story about a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Viewed from a contemporary perspective, it's hard to recall a time when there weren't female detectives the likes of V.I. Warshawski, Kinsey Millhone, Tess Monaghan and Sharon McCone, but back in the 1930s they were almost nonexistent. As a child,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Mike Monson is co-editor of the crime e-zine All Due Respect, along with Chris Rhatigan, and also the author of his own short fiction, including the collection Criminal Love and Other Stories and the noir novellas What Happens in Reno... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Book sculpture of Poe's "The Raven" by WetCanvas This year's winner of the T. Jefferson Parker award from the South California Independent Booksellers Association is Naomi Hirahara for Murder on Bamboo Lane. (Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.) The High Plains... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots are set to star in Green Room, an indie thriller from Blue Ruin filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier. The plot centers on a punk band who witnesses a murder at one of their shows in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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It's a great time to be Sherlock Holmes. In addition to a hit TV series, movie franchise and the recent book by Anthony Horowitz, House of Silk (the first Holmes novel approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Book sculptures by Jodi Harvey-Brown The choice for this year's Nobel Prize for Literature took a lot of people by surprise. Patrick Modiano is not well known outside his native France, but has written in multiple genres including children's books,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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I've been tagged and invited by my friend and fellow blogger, Patti Abbott, to join the Meet My Character Blog Tour. Each author participant writes about their character on their blog, then tags authors to join. I'm offering up Scott... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Casey Affleck will star in a drama about the Boston Marathon bombings, titled Boston Strong, based on the book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. The Blue Room, a murder mystery adapted from the 1964 novel by Belgian mystery... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Richard Lockridge was born in Missouri in 1898 and became a journalist and drama critic for the New York Sun. In 1922, he married his wife Frances, a reporter and music critic for the Kansas City Post, and the duo... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Plan B Magazine debuted in 2013, the brainchild of Darusha Wehm, as a way to showcase short crime fiction. She envisioned it as a free-to-readers publication they can read and/or listen to online and also in portable, affordable DRM-free ebooks.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Book sculpture by Pam Langdon The winner of the very first Sisters in Crime Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color Award is Maria Kelson. Her winning manuscript combines elements of feminist fiction and noir and is set in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Author Les Roberts has penned 23 novels, close to a dozen short stories, eight screenplays and countless newspaper articles and reviews, but is perhaps best known to readers for his Slovenian detective, Milan Jacovich. What you might not know about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Daniel Radcliffe is in negotiations to join the cast of the magician heist caper Now You See Me 2, joining Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Dave Franco. Radliffe will take on the role of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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I recently joined in the collaborative book Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. In this cookbook, all 105 romantic suspense and mystery authors not only share their favorite recipes for decadent cakes,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2014 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 Oct 2, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Dubbed "the queen of crime" by the Los Angeles Times, Edna Buchanan was one of the first female crime journalists in Miami, reporting for the Miami Beach Daily Sun and The Miami Herald, winning the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for General... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Book sculpture by Nino Orlandi The Private Eye Writers of America announced the finalists for its 2014 Shamus Awards. Winners will be named during a banquet at Bouchercon in Long Beach, California, on November 14. The nominees for Best Hardcover... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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In the new release from French scholar Valerie Ogden, BLUEBEARD: Brave Warrior, Brutal Psychopath, Ogden delves deep into the life of Giles de Rais, the man behind the myth of Bluebeard. From his troubled childhood, to the abrupt termination of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at In Reference to Murder