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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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The start of a new week means it's time for another roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES The Mark Gordon Company acquired feature film rights to All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
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Dorothy Salisbury Davis is considered one of the Grand Dames of crime fiction, but she didn't start out as a writer, working first in advertising and as a librarian. She published her first novel in 1949, The Judas Cat, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The 2018 Left Coast Crime “Lefty” Award nominations were announced this weekend: Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. The nominees are: • Donna Andrews, Gone Gull • Ellen Byron, A Cajun Christmas Killing • Marla Cooper, Dying on the Vine... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to Monday, my friends, and the latest update of crime drama news: AWARDS The Critics' Choice Awards, voted on by critical bodies the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, were handed out last Thursday. In... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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On January 25, 2018, Friends of Mystery will welcome Ellie Alexander (Bakeshop Mysteries), Cindy Brown (Ivy Meadows series), and Angela Sanders (Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing mysteries) for a Women of Mystery Panel at TaborSpace in Portland, Oregon. The fun kicks... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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We get back to a more normal schedule today with this latest edition of Media Murder for Monday (on Monday once again!) wrapping up the latest in crime drama news: AWARDS The Golden Globes were handed out last night and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Melville Davisson Post (1869-1930) was born into a prosperous family in West Virginia and practiced criminal and corporate law for several years. However, after the success of his first novel series, he promptly dropped his law career to write full... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Scottish crime fiction author Val McDermid is participating in an unusual New Year's project: A specially-commissioned short story by McDermid will be projected onto sites around Edinburgh from New Year’s Day until Burns’ Night (January 25), encouraging locals and visitors... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to the first Media Murder of the New Year: MOVIES Madtown, the drama thriller starring Milo Ventimiglia, has been given a January 5 limited release in theaters. The pic centers on Briggs (Ventimiglia), a troubled young man who flashes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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I was so sorry to hear about the death of Sue Grafton, best known for her private eye crime fiction series featuring Kinsey Millhone. Grafton passed away Thursday at the age of 77 after a two-year battle with cancer. Her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Janet Rudolph's Mystery Fanfare has the annual mammoth listing of Christmas-themed mysteries, broken down into Authors A-D; E-H; I-N; O-R; and S-Z. The Library Journal also has a list of homicide for the holidays, along with a pack of dog... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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It's Monday again and time for the latest roundup of crime drama news: AWARDS The Screen Actors' Guild announced their picks for the "Best of 2017" performances on film, giving Fox Searchlight’s crime comedy-drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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The legendary Bill Crider is the prolific author of several crime fiction series featuring Sheriff Dan Rhodes (the 24th of which was published this August); Professor Carl Burns; PI Truman Smith; and Sally Good, along with numerous short stories and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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The Nero Award, presented each year to an author for the best American mystery written in the tradition of Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe stories, was announced at the recent Black Orchid Banquet in New York City. The "Nero," considered one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Media Murder for Monday (this week on a Tuesday) returns with some of the highlights from the latest crime drama news: AWARDS The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced yesterday and include a few crime-themed films, including Three Billboards Outside... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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George Manville Fenn (1831-1909) was an English novelist, journalist and editor. Although primarily self-taught, he went on to become a schoolmaster and magazine publisher, attracting the attention of none other than Charles Dickens. He was rather prodigious in his literary... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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In 1986, St. Martin's published an anthology edited by Bernard A. Drew with the full title of Hard-Boiled Dames: A Brass-Knuckled Anthology of the Toughest Women From the Classic Pulps. Drew provided the introduction, and Marcia Muller (author of her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Trey R. Barker spent nearly two decades as an on-again/off-again journalist before moving into law enforcement in North-Central Illinois, at the Bureau County Sheriff’s Office. He is currently a sergeant of patrol with a specialty in crisis negotiations and on-line... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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MWA announced the 2018 Grand Master, Raven, and Ellery Queen Award recipients: Jane Langton, William Link, and Peter Lovesey have been chosen as the 2018 Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA) - the award represents the pinnacle of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Lawrence Kelter is a resident New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn and residing on Long Island, and often uses Manhattan and Long Island as backdrops for his stories. Early in his career, he received direction from bestselling novelist Nelson... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Monday greetings! Start your week off with this latest roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES Sony Pictures won rights to finance and distribute #9, the working title of Quentin Tarantino’s next film. The project is set in Los Angeles in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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British author Celia Fremlin (1914-2009), was the daughter of a doctor and the sister of nuclear physicist John H. Fremlin. She studied classics at Somerville College, Oxford, but after her mother died in 1931, she was expected to look after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Lee Child returns to Dublin November 16th at the O’Reilly Theatre in conversation with Paul Whittington of the Irish Independent. The event marks the publication of his latest novel, The Midnight Line (the 22nd in the Jack Reacher series). (HT... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at In Reference to Murder
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Welcome to Monday and another roundup of crime drama news: MOVIES Oscar winner Russell Crowe and Captain Fantastic actor George MacKay have signed on to star in director Justin Kurzel’s True History of the Kelly Gang, along with Nicholas Hoult... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2017 at In Reference to Murder