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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Norman Colin Dexter has received multiple honors and awards, including the CWA Gold Dagger and Silver Dagger awards, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for outstanding services to crime literature (1997) and the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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This past weekend, we lost Ron Scheer, writer, blogger, and long-time contributor to Patti Abbott's Friday's Forgotten Books. His Buddies in the Saddle blog focused on Westerns, crime fiction, videos, and anything else that struck his fancy. He also documented... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is this weekend and will include five different crime fiction panels, starting with the two on Saturday: "Crime Fiction: Right Place, Wrong Time," featuring Steph Cha, Naomi Hirahara, Attica Locke, Daniel Pyne, and... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Adam Mitzner graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and M.A. in politics and went on from there to study law at the University of Virginia. He's currently the head of the litigation department of Pavia & Harcourt LLP, which... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Monday means it's time for the latest roundup of crime dramas on stage and screen: MOVIES Willem Dafoe is joining Gerard Butler, Billy Bob Thornton and rapper/actor Common in the cast of the submarine thriller Hunter Killer. The story centers... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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On the surface, Valentine's Day may appear to be all about love and relationships, chocolate and flowers, but I suspect there are equal amounts of angst, heartbreak and even violence underneath the crepe paper hearts and pink-ribboned candy boxes. Likewise,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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On Monday, April 27th, the Mystery Writers of America will launch the MWA Cookbook, edited by Kate White. The launch party will be held at The Mysterious Bookshop in New York, with many of the contributors and 2015 Edgar Award... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Jon Land is the bestselling author of over 25 novels. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 Phi Beta Kappa and Magna cum Laude and continues his association with Brown as an alumni advisor. Jon often bases his novels and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest in news of crime dramas on stage and screen: MOVIES Jeff Bridges has signed to star in David Mackenzie’s Comancheria, potentially joining Chris Pine and Ben Foster, who are currently in talks to board the project. The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Bibliomysteries are a subgenre of crime fiction in which manuscripts, books, libraries, bookstores or publishing houses (or any employees thereof) play a large role. They date back at least to The Lost Library by Fredric Perkins in 1874, and many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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April means National Poetry Month here in the States, and it also means it's time for the fifth annual Five-Two Crime Poem Blog Tour, hosted by Gerald So. I'm honored to take part again this year by focusing on some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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UPDATE (with thanks to Mystery Fanfare/Rap Sheet): The International Thrill Writers announced the finalists for the 2015 Thriller Awards in various categories. Check out the nominated authors and categories on the official ITW site, and congratulations to them all! The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest crime drama news from stage and screen: MOVIES Skydance Productions, MGM, and Paramount TV are shopping around a remake of Sydney Pollack's 1975 spy thriller Three Days of the Condor (starring Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway). Like... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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As this year's Edgar Awards ceremony approaches, I particularly enjoy looking at the debut novel nominees, wondering where their literary careers might take them from here. This prompted me to look back at previous nominees and winners, and I ran... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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It's time once again for some Author R&R (Reference and Research), today featuring Peter Swanson. Plus at the bottom of this post, look for details on how to win a free book! Peter Swanson is the author of two novels,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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This year's Crime & Mystery Weekend at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, August 14-16, is dedicated to the late PD James. Highlights will include lectures by special guests Ann Cleves and Alan Bradley, as well as sessions like "Detecting Couples, "The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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MOVIES Universal is moving forward with a remake of Scarface, hiring Jonathan Herman to do the rewrite and Pablo Larraín to direct. The new film is said to be an update and will be set in Los Angeles intead of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Colin Watson (1920-1983) was a British author who started out in life as a journalist, first as a reporter for the Boston Guardian and later as an editorial writer, theater critic and book reviewer. In 1958, while still working for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Deadly Pleasures magazine announced the finalists for the annual Barry Awards for crime fiction in the categories of Best Fiction, Best First Novel, Best Paperback Original, and Best Thriller. (Hat tip to Mystery Fanfare.) Foreword Review's INDIEFAB Book of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest news of crime dramas on stage and screen: MOVIES Although the reboot of Murder on the Orient Express has been on hold for some time, it seems to be moving forward with the hiring of Michael Green... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at In Reference to Murder