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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 The good news for Morgan Freeman fans is that he is in a new movie just released in the UK, a thriller titled Momentum, in which Freeman plays a corrupt U.S. senator in South Africa involved with a diamond... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
Can you really play Chopin's "Minute Waltz" in a minute? Not that I've ever seen, although Ignaz Friedman tried his very best in this recording from 1923, which clocks in at the fastest time I've found thus far, 1:21 - Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
Barbara D'Amato is the author of two Chicago-based series, one with freelance reporter Cat Marsala and the other being what she calls her "Chicago police series." The second title in the latter group was 1998's Good Cop, Bad Cop, based... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Walter Mosley has been chosen as the 2016 Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America (MWA), an honor that represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing. The MWA also announced the Raven Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Kenneth Branagh has come on board the new film adaptation of Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express as both director and star, taking on the role of Hercule Poirot. Branagh is also a co-producer along with Ridley Scott... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Did you know there have been piano pieces composed for the left hand only? One of the earliest dates back to 1895, but the most famous is probably Maurice Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D. That work... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Most people know him as creator of the now-classic Yorkshire detective duo Andrew Dalziel and Peter Pascoe and for his Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement. But author Reginald Hill is also known as Patrick Ruell, publishing... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Kirkus Reviews named its list of the "Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2015." Amazon editors also chose their Best Books lists for 2015, including Best Mystery, Thriller, and Suspense. For all the titles on the list, check out this link.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Christopher Nolan’s 2000 breakout thriller, Memento, is getting a remake courtesy of AMBI Pictures. The original version starred Guy Pearce as a man who is tracking down his wife’s killer but suffers from a unique from of memory loss.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
UK-based publisher Dean Street Press is reissuing five more E.R. Punshon golden age mysteries in December, some of the rarest of the author's Bobby Owen series. Published between 1938 and 1941, the titles have been unavailable for seventy years, with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
You're probably familiar with gamelan music and don't even know it. This form of music found in Indonesia that's mostly percussion instruments (gongs, xylophones, drums, etc.) has been used in many film scores and commercials. Here's a sample from Bali: Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
John D. MacDonald (1916-1986), author of over 70 novels, is best remembered for the books featuring Florida-based private eye Travis McGee, who the Washington Post's Jonathan Yardley called "one of the great characters in contemporary American fiction - not crime... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
The shortlist for the Ireland AM Crime Book of the Year was announced last week (hat tip to The Rap Sheet). The finalists include: • Even the Dead, by Benjamin Black • Freedom’s Child, by Jax Miller • Are You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Diana Renn is the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. She's also the author of a new YA mystery called Blue Voyage, which School Library Journal called "witty and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Here's this week's crime drama news: MOVIES Nicole Kidman will star in The Silent Wife, based on the novel by A.S.A. Harrison and directed by Adrian Lyne from a script by Billy Ray. The story centers on a spouse who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Meet Ryan, a talented 7-year-old who loves Darth Vader, Star Wars, and his cello. Instead of playing Mozart in a tux, Ryan decided he’d play "Sith Lord" in a Darth Vader costume. Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 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 Nov 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Voting in the Goodreads Choice Awards kicked off this week and continues over three rounds through November 23, 2015, with 300 nominees across 20 different categories. For the complete list of nominees in the mystery and thriller category, check out... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart are set to star in a film about Lizzie Borden. Pieter Van Hees will direct the untitled psychological thriller about the grisly murders of the Borden family, with Sevigny playing Borden, the woman who... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
Margaret Millar (1915-1994) was married to Kenneth Millar, better known as crime fiction author Ross MacDonald, but despite having an Edgar Award and over 25 novels to her credit, she never gained the same popularity as her husband. My local... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2015 at In Reference to Murder