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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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The winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards were announced this past weekend, following a record number of entries this year. Trust No One, a psychological thriller about a writer with early onset Alzheimer’s who starts confessing the murders in... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
Hard to believe it's the beginning of another week, but happily, this also means it's time for the latest wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES James Franco is developing three movies based on novels by crime fiction writer Tom Franklin,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
American author Joseph Hansen (1923-2004) was born in South Dakota, the son of a shoe shop owner who lost the business during the Depression, prompting moves to Minneapolis and eventually a citrus grove in California belonging to the author's married... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Bouchercon 2016 starts just three weeks from now, and this year’s anthology — BLOOD ON THE BAYOU — is a stellar collection of stories set in and around New Orleans, the host city for this year’s convention. If you’re attending... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Over at the Sleuthsayers blog, some of the authors nominated in the Best First Novel category for the Macavity and Anthony Awards talk about their books, what their favorite first novel is, and how that book has influenced their writing.... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
It's Monday once again, which means we start off the week with the latest crime drama news: MOVIES 20th Century Fox is closing on a deal that will have Ben Affleck directing and starring in Witness For The Prosecution, an... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Tomorrow is the anniversary of the birth of French composer Claude Debussy (August 22, 1862 - March 25, 1918), the famous French impressionist. Here's one of the composer's best-known works, the ethereal piano piece, "Clair de lune" (referenced in my... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Delano Ames (1906-1987) was born in Ohio to a newspaperman father. In 1929 Ames married Maysie Grieg, who later became a highly successful author of lighthearted romances, and the duo settled in Greenwich Village where Ames published his first novel,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The Killer Nashville conference announced the finalists for the Silver Falchion Peer Choice and Judges Choice Awards in various categories. Winners will be announced at the Guest of Honor & Awards Dinner at the conference this Saturday. The event starts... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Monday means it's time for the latest wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES The Magnificent Seven director Antoine Fuqua is in talks to direct Universal's Scarface reboot, which will be set in Los Angeles. The original 1932 film starring Paul... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
In celebration of the Olympics in Rio, it seemed fitting to feature Brazil's most famous composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887–1959). He was quite prolific, with over 2000 orchestral, vocal, and chamber works, many inspired by Brazilian folk music mixed with European... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Leopold Horace Ognall (1908-1979) was a prolific author with close to 90 novels under his two pseudonyms, Hartley Howard and Harry Carmichael. Thus it is rather surprising that it's so difficult to find anything about the author or his books.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
For the second year in a row, the Deadly Ink Conference's David Award, presented to the best mystery published in 2015, ended in a tie: Jack Getze, for Big Shoes, and A. J. Sidransky, for Forgiving Mariela Camacho. The runners-up... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in and produce a film adaptation of Rogue Male, the 1939 English novel by Geoffrey Household. The story follows a hunter who attempts to assassinate a dictator (Household has said the dictator was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Einojuhani Rautavaara died on July 27. Although not as much of a household name as Jean Sibelius, Rautavaara has been called the greatest Finnish composer since his more famous predecessor. Some more traditional classical fans might have been turned off... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Edward John "Ted" Wood was born in Sussex, England in 1931 and served in the RAF following the Second World War. In 1954 he emigrated to Canada and was a Toronto police officer for three years before switching to advertising... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced its shortlists of nominees for nine 2016 Dagger Awards categories, including the list for The Gold Dagger, awarded to the best crime novel of the year: Black Widow, by Christopher Brookmyre Blood... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Sony has lined up Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn to pen the latest incarnation of the Charlie's Angels franchise, to be directed by Elizabeth Banks. It might seem an odd choice to tackle a franchise that began as a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
At this time of year, my thoughts turn to summer vacations that bubble up from my memories of bygone days. My family always managed to travel somewhere, like the year we made it up to Cape Cod and rented a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Former British police officer turned author Clare Mackintosh won the 2016 Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award for her thriller I Let You Go. The announcement was made during the opening-night event at the 14th Theakstons Old... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Universal Pictures has optioned rights to Matt Ruff’s psychological thriller Bad Monkeys. The 2007 novel centers on Jane Charlotte, who has been arrested for murder, but says she’s a member of a secret organization devoted to fighting evil and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at In Reference to Murder