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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Here's the latest in crime drama news to start off your week: MOVIES Daniel Radcliffe has landed the starring role in Beast of Burden. The film focuses on Sean Haggerty (Radcliffe), a character who’s used to lying and keeping secrets... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Paula Gosling was born Paula Osius in 1939, the daughter of an inventor in Detroit, Michigan. She tried her hand at poetry at Wayne State University and later at a Detroit advertising agency, but wasn't happy. In 1964, she headed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
The crime fiction community lost one of its own last week when author, editor, and blogger Ed Gorman died following a long battle with cancer. Ed penned dozens of mystery novels, including the Sam McCain, Jack Dwyer and Dev Conrad... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Starting off the week with the latest in crime drama news: MOVIES Warner Bros. is developing Impossible Odds, based on a memoir written by Jessica Buchanan and her husband Erik Landemalm and set to be adapted by Brian Helgeland and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Born in 1939, English author Michael Derek Allen had a career in education, first as a teacher and then as a university administrator at the University of Bath, and also served a brief stint working for the New York Herald... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Thanks to Altus Press, three of the most historic pulp fiction magazines of the Twentieth Century are set to return to magazine format. This November, Altus Press will relaunch full-length magazines of Argosy, Black Mask, and Famous Fantastic Mysteries in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Monday greetings! Here's the latest wrap-up of crime drama news from stage and screen: MOVIES In a bid to be considered for the Oscar chase, Ben Affleck's latest directorial outing, Live by Night, will hit select theaters on Christmas Day... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Hurricane Matthew has gotten me (and many others) in a rather stormy frame of mind, so I thought it was appropriate to feature the "Storm" section from Benjamin Britten's Four Sea Interludes (extracted from the opera Peter Grimes). I think... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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 Oct 7, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
A new major exhibition about Edgar Allan Poe opened this week at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Titled "Enigmatic Edgar A. Poe in Baltimore & Beyond," the exhibit features highlights from the Susan Jaffe Tane Collection of Edgar Allan Poe,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Welcome to another Monday and another Media Murder wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES Reese Witherspoon is developing a movie for New Line Cinema based on Ruth Ware’s mystery novel In a Dark, Dark Wood. The story centers on a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Yma Sumac (1922-2008) had a name as exotic as her voice and career. The Peruvian soprano became an international success based on her extreme vocal range, said to be well over five octaves at the height (pardon the pun) of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The theme of Patti Abbott's Friday's "Forgotten" Books feature today is short story collections and anthologies. (You can check out all the other entries via her blog link.) Long before the current wave of crime fiction started flooding in from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Mystery Readers NorCal is hosting an evening Literary Salon with William Kent Krueger on Thursday, October 6 in Berkeley, CA. Krueger is the author of the Cork O’Connor series set in the north woods of Minnesota and has received Edgar,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Sunday marked the beginning of the annual Banned Books Week in the U.S., a project created by "a national alliance of diverse organizations joined by a commitment to increase awareness of the annual celebration of the freedom to read." The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Can it really be Monday again? Why yes, it can, but to soften the blow, here's a wrap-up of news about upcoming crime dramas: MOVIES Fox has bought the movie rights to an untitled crime thriller by novelist Don Winslow... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
If you watch a lot of movies and TV, you've probably heard the music of Dmitri Shostakovich and didn't even know it. The Russian composer was born on this date in 1906 (d. 1975) and was one of the giants... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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 Sep 23, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The annual Boucheron conference held this past weekend included the usual slate of award presentations, with the announcement of the Anthony, Shamus, Barry, and Macavity honors. The Anthony Awards, voted on by attendees at the convention, were handed out to:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2016 at In Reference to Murder