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BV Lawson
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I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Welshman David Williams (1926-2003), the son of a journalist, studied modern history at St. John's College in Oxford, though his studies were interrupted by World War II and three years he spent as an officer in the Royal Navy. After... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
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Tucson, Arizona's Clues Unlimited mystery bookstore is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As owner Christine Burke puts it, Clues Unlimited is "exactly what it started out to be: a niche place to get a good crime/mystery novel and an... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Monday means it's time for the latest roundup of crime drama news: AWARDS The Director's Guild of America handed out their annual awards, with the top film nod going to The Revenant's' Alejandro Inarritu. Director Matthew Heineman was also honored... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Many folks have never heard of shape-note (or "Sacred Harp") singing, but it's an original American form of singing that involves reading shapes and syllables for notes instead of learning the usual scales and music notation. It's found primarily in... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Welsh-born author Dorothy Simpson (b. 1933) started out her career as a French teacher and then spent many years as a marriage counselor, before turning to writing full time. She's known for the fifteen books in her series featuring Inspector... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The North American Branch of the International Association of Crime Writers announced nominees for the annual Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the field of crime writing by a US or Canadian author. The nominees include The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Monday means it's time for the latest crime drama news from stage and screen: AWARDS The Screen Actors Guild announced this year's winners for outstanding performances in both film and television. Idris Elba was a standout, making history by winning... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Ever hear a song used over and over in commercials and wonder where it came from? Advertisers seem to use the same classical tunes ad infinitum, and here is one you've probably heard in ads and movies, but may not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Howard Melvin Fast (1914–2003) is perhaps best known for his popular historical fiction like Spartacus (the basis for the 1960 film by Stanley Kubrick) and his television scripts, including such programs as How the West Was Won and the Battle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Howard Melvin Fast (1914–2003) is perhaps best known for his popular historical fiction like Spartacus (the basis for the 1960 film by Stanley Kubrick) and his television scripts, including such programs as How the West Was Won and the Battle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Peter James was awarded the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger, handed out each year by the CWA to a writer with a career marked by sustained excellence. James, who joins previous winners such as Elmore Leonard, Lee Child, Simon Brett,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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It's time for this week's crime drama news: MOVIES Emma Donoghue, the writer of both the novel and Academy Award nominated-screenplay Room, is teaming up with Monumental Pictures to make a feature adaptation of her novel Frog Music. The novel... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
I heard my first steel drum band when I attended the World's Fair in Knoxville in 1982. These musicians are pretty amazing, and can carry off some pretty complicated tunes, like an arrangement of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's Messiah.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Paul Winterton (1908-2001), the son of a journalist and member of Parliament, was educated at the London School of Economics and London University, receiving his B.Sc. in political science and economics in 1928. He was on the staff of The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Lis Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland and has forged a career in both tracks. As an attorney, she served as a Federal Prosecutor in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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The book awards season has begun with the announcement of the 2016 Edgar Award nominations, handed out annually by the Mystery Writers of America. The Best Novel finalists include The Strangler Vine by M.J. Carter; The Lady From Zagreb by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Five of the eight Academy Awards Best Picture nominations just announced were based on or themed around books. The nominations were also heavy on action-adventure movies, including multiple nods for The Revenant (12), Mad Max: Fury Road (10), The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
There are many violin concertos that have become crowd pleasers, but I have a fondness for Samuel Barber's only concerto for the instrument. The somewhat apocryphal story about the work is that it was commissioned by Samuel Fels, a rather... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Patricia Pakenham-Walsh (1923-1977) was born in Dublin, the daughter of a father who served in the Indian civil service, retiring as a high court judge in Madras. Patricia joined the WAAF in 1939 during WWII as a a flight officer,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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Scott Allan Morrison was a journalist for almost twenty years, covering politics, business, and technology in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. Morrison arrived in Silicon Valley as a reporter for the Financial Times during the darkest days of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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On Friday, January 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City will host the new board of the Mystery Writers of America with a multi-author book signing. Authors scheduled to appear include Donna Andrews, Craig... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at In Reference to Murder