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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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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 yesterday at In Reference to Murder
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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 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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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 6 days ago 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
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The Love is Murder conference announced the finalists of the Lovey Awards in various categories. Janet Rudolph posted an at-a-glance listing on Mystery Fanfare. The application deadline for the Helen McCloy/MWA scholarship is coming up on February 28. The award... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest news of crime dramas on the screen, on stage, and on air: AWARDS The Academy Award nominations included many of the same frontrunners that have percolated through awards season to date. American Sniper, a late-year release was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Mary Higgins Clark and Thomas Chastain founded the Adams Round Table in 1982, a monthly meeting where author members discuss the writing craft, plot a few literary murders and share writing experiences. The group expanded to include other authors, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The meditating tiger You've seen those commercials, about an elderly person who lives alone and falls and has no one to come to their aid (but if only they've had Life Alert!). But sometimes, it's the inner "fall" that can be as devastating to someone, as I've witnessed with my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at BVLawson's Mysteries in Crime Time
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Constellation book sculpture by Jodi Harvey-Brown Writer and licensed psychotherapist Dennis Palumbo wrote an article for Fiction Southeast he titled "Through a Glass Darkly: Crime Fiction as a Window on American Culture," about how great crime fiction offers what no... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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This week, India joins the list of countries with their own crime writing festival. The inaugural two-day Crime Writers Festival in Delhi grew out of the Jaipur Literature Festival, where one of the new festival's directors, Namita Gokhale, conducted a... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest roundup of crime-themed dramas on stage and screen: AWARDS The Golden Globes were handed out last night. For all the nominees and winners, check out the complete list here. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Before there was Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell, even before Joseph Wambaugh, Dorothy Uhnak was patrolling the streets of New York City in the 1950s and early 1960s as a New York City Transit Authority policewoman, with 12... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Mark your calendar for the first-ever National Readathon Day. On Saturday, January 24, you can join readers across the country who will be reading in solidarity for literacy from noon to 4 p.m. (in your own time zone). National Readathon... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Book sculpture by Brian Dettmer Continuing on from last week's links to crime fiction titles we can look forward to in 2015, The Rap Sheet jumps into the fray with a long list of upcoming books with publication dates in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Here's your chance, and it's a perfect opportunity to help a great bookstore tradition continue. Reblogging from Shelf Awareness: Mystery Lovers Bookshop Would Love New Owners Laurie Stephens, owner of Mystery Lovers Bookshop, Oakmont, Pa., near Pittsburgh (one of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest roundup of crime-themed dramas on the big screen and small screen: MOVIES Awards season continues with the 19th annual Capri Hollywood International Film Festival naming The Imitation Game as Best Picture and the film's Morten Tyldum as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Not too long ago, NPR had a program on "books that helped us grow up." While the ones mentioned reflect some of the more YA-themed titles my generation read, my librarian mother brought home a much wider variety of books... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
This is "Auld Lang Syne" sung by the Scottish folk-rock band The Tannahill Weavers, and one of my favorite renditions. Happy New Year to all! Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at BVLawson's Mysteries in Crime Time
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May your 2015 be filled with good friends, good health and good books! Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Clock book sculpture by Wetcanvas In the mood for some crime fiction set on and around New Year's Day? Mystery Fanfare has a list for you. It's never too early to start making up your reading lists for 2015. The... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2014 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest roundup of crime-themed dramas on stage and screen: MOVIES Star Jeremy Renner and producer Scott Stuber discussed Kill the Messenger for Deadline.com. Their upcoming film is centered on Gary Webb, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter who uncovered... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at In Reference to Murder