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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 theme for Patti Abbott's Friday's "Forgotten" Books feature today is "The Great Heist/Bank Robbery," or books that involve those themes. One of the first books to involve a robbery, let alone one with a female detective, was The Great... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
Cat Art Print Dandy Cat With Mustache and Monocle by Colla Congratulations go to Tana French for winning the 2017 Strand Magazine Critics Award for her novel, The Trespasser, and for Heather Young, who won Best Debut award for The... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Here's a roundup of the latest crime drama news from the big and small screens: MOVIES Quentin Tarantino is developing a film about the notorious Manson Family murders of five people, including pregnant actor Sharon Tate. Tarantino is courting A-list... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Roderic Jeffries (1926- ) was born in London, the son of writer Graham Montague Jeffries who was known for his series featuring the gentleman crook-sleuth "Blackshirt." Roderic Jeffries didn't immediately follow in his father's footsteps, going to sea at the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2017 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. The shortlisted works for Best Adult Novel include Dead in the Water by Tania Chandler; Ghost Girls by Cath Ferla;... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Hope everyone had a great weekend! It's Monday again, and that means it's time for the latest crime drama roundup: MOVIES Anonymous Content has partnered with Made In Africa Films on In The Garden Of The King to be directed... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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 Jul 7, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine's July/August double issue includes publication of the Black Orchid Award Novella winning story. Plus, there's a baseball-themed story fit for summer, "The Making of Velveteen Dream" by Chris Muessig, and new short fiction from Jay Carey,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The Macavity Award finalists were announced this past weekend, in the categories of Best Novel, Best First Novel, Best Short Story, Best Nonfiction, and Best Historical Novel. The annual awards are nominated by members of Mystery Readers International, subscribers to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Monday greetings! It's time for the latest roundup of crime drama news, from stage to screen: MOVIES Fans of Don Winslow's latest novel, The Force, were rightfully pleased when news broke a few months ago that Fox was making the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Josephine Bell is the pen name of Doris Collier Ball (1897-1987), who became a University College Hospital of London physician and married fellow doctor Norman Dyer Ball. After her husband died in a car accident in 1936, the tragedy pushed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The winner of the CWA Dagger in the Library for 2017 is Mari Hannah, recently announced at a reception at the British Library. The Dagger in the Library is a prize for a body of work by a crime writer... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Before settling into his current career as an author and private equity entrepreneur, Stephen "Steve" Hillard was a teacher at Rikers Island Prison, a welder, a carpenter, and a practicing lawyer. Publication of his first book in 2011, Mirkwood: A... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively have boarded the murder mystery A Simple Favour, which is being touted as the next Gone Girl. The project is directed by Ghostbusters' Paul Feig and is based on the novel of the same... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
English novelist Arnold Bennett (1867-1931) began his working life employed by his father, engaged in the joy of rent collection. He managed to work in a little journalism in his spare time out of boredom, but his breakthrough didn't come... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
The Deadly Ink conference handed out its annual David Award (named for David Sasher, Sr.) to the novel Yom Killer, by Ilene Schneider. The other finalists for the award, given to the best mystery published in 2016, included Blonde Ice,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Monday means it's time again for the weekly roundup of the latest crime drama news from stage and screen: MOVIES In a deal from the Los Angeles Film Festival, Vertical Entertainment acquired U.S. rights to the psychological thriller Never Here,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
At one time, Stuart Palmer (1905-1968) was considered one of the best authors in the mystery genre, writing dozens of stories, books and screenplays. No less than John Dickson Carr, Anthony Boucher and Fred Dannay (one-half of the writing duo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
Naomi Alderman is this year's winner of the Baileys Prize for Fiction, formerly known as the Orange Prize. The award is considered the most prestigious for fiction written by a woman and was given to Alderman for her futuristic thriller,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at In Reference to Murder