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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Gwen Moffat, born in Brighton, Sussex in 1924, became the first professional female mountain guide in the UK. Her travels in the field provided settings for her crime novels set in the Alps, the Rockies and deserts of the U.S.,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
CrimeFest 2017 announced the winners of its six award categories at the convention’s recent annual gala dinner. The Audible Sounds of Crime Award winner was Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins; eDunnit Award winner was Laura... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
It's Monday, which means time once again for a roundup of the latest crime drama news: MOVIES Carnaby International has snapped up international sales rights to A Matter of Honor, an action-packed spy thriller based on Jeffrey Archer’s best-selling novel... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Many of you have heard the instrument known as the theremin. You might not realize you've heard it, but if you've ever watched old sci-fi and horror movies, you've most definitely experienced it at least once in the film score.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
In this latest blog post for the Friday's "Forgotten" Books feature hosted by Patti Abbott I thought this particular offering would be topical, considering how the FBI has been so much in the news lately (and since the protagonist of... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The latest Mystery Scene magazine includes a feature on author Donna Leon, who visited Venice as a young woman and fell passionately in love - with the city. For decades, this affair has played out for all to see in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The finalists for the 2017 Anthony Awards were announced today by the Bouchercon Chairs, Helen Nelson and Janet Costello, with winners to be presented during the annual conference on October 15. For the the categories and nominees, follow this link.... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Lots of news to report on this week's crime drama roundup, thanks to the spring television upfronts where the networks let us know which shows will live and which will not: MOVIES Starting off with movies first, TriStar has attached... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Wednesday marks the anniversary of the birth of Erik Satie, an eccentric French composer, pianist and writer. His works have bits and pieces of Impressionism, Surrealism, and Dadaism, and his compositional style influenced Debussy and Ravel. Since he worked for... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Bibliomysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which manuscripts, books, libraries, bookstores or publishing houses (or any employees thereof) play a large role. They date back at least to The Lost Library by Fredric Perkins in 1874, and many... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Brian Klingborg studied Chinese folk religion at Harvard University before plunging into the publishing world, becoming a Sr. Vice President at an educational publisher. He’s penned books on Kung Fu and also wrote for the Winx Club animated TV series... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The Crime Writers Association have announced the finalists for the 2017 Dagger in the Library Award, given to a body of work by a crime writer in the UK that users of libraries particularly admire. This year's shortlists include Andrew... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Chicago native and longtime resident of the Twin Cities, Brian Freeman, is an international bestselling author of psychological suspense novels. His books have been sold in 46 countries and 20 languages and have appeared as Main Selections in the Literary... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Welcome to Monday, my friends! Start off your week with the latest in crime drama news from stage and screen: MOVIES Lotus Entertainment and Paperchase Films are adapting Rick Bowers’ 2012 YA nonfiction book Superman vs. the KKK for a... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
In honor of the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival, which returns for its 18th annual event in sunny Palm Springs, May 11-14 at the Camelot Theatres, I decided to highlight Crime Scenes: Movie Poster Art of the Film Noir, The... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Growing up in Vancouver, Canadian author Sam Wiebe read his parents' dog-eared copies of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee books and Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. But it wasn't until the end of grad school that he decided to try his... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Our Awards-a-Palooza begins with the Edgars - The Poe statuettes handed out last week at the annual Mystery Writers of America banquet included Before the Fall by Noah Hawley for Best Novel; Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry for Best... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Dana King has been a finalist twice for the Private Eye Writers of America Shamus Award for A Small Sacrifice (2013) and again two years later for The Man in the Window. His novel Grind Joint was noted by Woody... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Mondays seem to roll around a lot faster than they used to - but at least, it means it's time for the weekly crime drama news roundup: MOVIES Cross Creek Pictures has preemptively picked up The Spy’s Son, based on... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Here's a piece of music you're probably quite familiar with but don't know its origins. It's the "Humoresque" No.7 in G-flat Major by Antonin Dvořák, who died on May 1, 1904 (tomorrow will be the 113th anniversary of his death).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
In honor of the Edgar Awards announced last night, I thought I'd highlight The Edgar Winners anthology published in 1980 and edited by Bill Pronzini. There are two dozen short stories included from writers who were awarded an "Edgar" for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2017 at In Reference to Murder