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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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MOVIES Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with filmmaker Denis Villeneuve to bring Jo Nesbo’s crime novel The Son to the big screen. The project tells the story of Sonny Lofthus, a once-gifted 15-year-old and promising wrestler, whose life enters a downward... Continue reading
Posted 12 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
It's hard not to be cheered by this video featuring Luciano Pavarotti (who was one of my favorites) and an unusual singing partner: Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
Joan Aiken (1924-2004) began her writing career with YA fiction as a 16-year-old contributor for the BBC Children's Hour. Indeed, one of her most popular creations was her prize-winning Wolves of Willoughby Chase series for children. She also delved into... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
The Strand Magazine released its lineup of nominees for the 2015 Strand Magazine Critics Awards: Best Novel Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith A Banquet of Consequences, by Elizabeth George The Lady from Zagreb, by Phillip Kerr Forty Thieves, by... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Martin Scorsese's next project is the Oscar-winning director's long-awaited return to mobster epics, The Irishman, an adaptation by Steve Zaillian (Gangs of New York) of Charles Brandt's bestselling novel. Robert De Niro will play Frank Sheeran, a high-ranking Teamster... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Sometimes "happiness is a sad song" (usually in a minor key), but did you know that works in a major key can be sad? Or at least, wistful and a touch mournful, like one of Scott Drayco's favorite pieces (and... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
In this year of the (interminable) presidential elections here in the States, this seemed like an appropriate "Forgotten Book" offering: Long before Elliott Roosevelt wrote murder mysteries featuring his mother Eleanor Roosevelt as a super sleuth, and even before first... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The Nocturnals: The Mysterious Abductions is a middle-grade mystery from the creative team of author Tracey Hecht, founder of Fabled Films, who has written, directed and produced for film, and New York City-based artist Kate Liebman. The Nocturnals, which Kirkus... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) announced the winners of the 21st annual Audie Awards competition, the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Best Mystery audiobook went to Career of Evil by... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES One of the world’s most famous crime novelists may be headed to the big screen once again: Agatha Christie, based on a script by Tom Shepherd, is in the works at Columbia Pictures. The action-adventure pic, which is being... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
What does it sound like when 1,000 high school choir students pay tribute to Prince? Tesfa Wondemagegnehu was in Los Angeles guest-conducting the Los Angeles Master Chorale's annual High School Choir Festival, which brought the high school singers to a... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The incredibly prolific Belgian-French author Georges Simenon (1903–1989) published around 200 novels, 150 novellas, several nonfiction books and articles and an almost countless number of pulp novels written under more than two dozen pseudonyms. It's been said he churned out... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
On May 21, the American Library Association (ALA) and Penguin Random House will join to support the second annual National Readathon Day, which is dedicated to fostering reading at an early age and building community and participation at local libraries.... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Bouchercon 2016 announced the finalists for this year's Anthony Awards, to be handed out at the annual conference held this year in New Orleans. Congrats to all the finalists in the various categories, which you can find via the official... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston are set to star in the Phillip Noyce-directed thriller Above Suspicion. The project is adapted from the book by New York Times columnist Joe Sharkey and explores the... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
In honor of Mother's Day, here's Renee Fleming performing Antonin Dvorak's "Songs My Mother Taught Me," part of the Czech composer’s collection of Gypsy songs, in which a woman sings of passing down the songs she learned to her own... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Before they were stars, everyone's favorite literary private eyes had to start somewhere. Many jumped to life fully-formed in novels, but others began their lives in short stories. Robert Randisi, a lifelong champion of P.I. fiction and founder of the... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The annual Edgar Awards banquet was held last Thursday, with Best Novel honors handed out to Lori Roy's Let Me Die in His Footsteps, making Roy only the third author to win Best First Novel and Best Novel during their... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES June Pictures and B Story announced a May filming start for the psychological thriller, Thoroughbred, which marks the directorial debut of playwright-screenwriter Cory Finley. Olivia Cooke (Ready Player One) stars with Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) and Anton Yelchin (Green... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Tonight at the The Center for Fiction in New York City, Sara Paretsky, author of the iconic V. I. Warshawski series, will conduct a CFA Master Class at Crime Fiction Academy, starting at 7 p.m. Congrats to this year's finalists... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES David Oyelowo (Selma) will star in and produce Another Day in the Death of America based on an upcoming nonfiction book by Guardian journalist Gary Younge. The book chronicled "the true story of the writer who investigated 10 children... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at In Reference to Murder