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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Angus MacVicar (1908-2001) was a Scottish author of crime thrillers, juvenile science fiction and nonfiction. His first novel The Purple Rock was a bestseller, but his career was interrupted by an illness and then service in World War II with... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
Sisters in Crime Australia and Booktopia announced the longlists for the 16th annual Davitt Awards that celebrate excellence in Aussie crime writing. A short list will be announced mid-July, and the Davitts Award ceremony and presentation of winners will take... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Paramount has secured the rights to the book series The Saint by Leslie Charteris, which has previously served as the basis for several radio dramas, films, and a 1960s TV version starring future James Bond, Roger Moore. The Saint... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at In Reference to Murder
I was working at a radio station when the Challenger shuttle disaster happened. A fellow announcer programmed "Nimrod" from the Elgar's Enigma Variations by way of a memorial, and I couldn't help but think of that tune again this past... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at In Reference to Murder
Spooks, Spies, And Private Eyes (1995) is a volume edited by Paula L. Woods that brings together 22 short mystery and crime fiction offerings by black authors from around the world. Most of the stories included were otherwise out of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Awards were once again in focus this past week, with several announcements including: The Private Eye Writers of America's finalists for the 2016 Shamus Awards in the categories of Best Novel, Best Paperback, Best First Novel, and Best Short Story.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
MOVIES Studio 8 has preemptively acquired the rights to Patrick Hoffman's upcoming crime thriller Every Man a Menace, due to hit stores in October. The story centers on an ecstasy smuggling ring on the eve of the biggest shipment of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
I never cease to be amazed by child prodigies. By now, you've hopefully had the chance to hear violinist Joshua Bell as an adult, but here's a peek at what he sounded like as a youngster way back in 1982... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
In June 1972, Dilys Winn (1939-2016) opened the first specialty bookstore devoted to mysteries and crime fiction. Titled Murder Ink, the store stood on its original spot in Manhattan for 34 years before it had to close in 2006. Winn... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Sara Paretsky and Christine Carbo have won the Pinckley Prizes for Crime Fiction, sponsored by the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans in honor of Diana Pinckley, longtime crime fiction columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Paretsky won the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Monday means it's time for the latest news of crime dramas on the air, stage and screen: MOVIES STX Entertainment is in final negotiations with Captain America filmmakers Joe and Anthony Russo to make 17 Bridges, written by Adam Mervis... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Philip Maitland Hubbard, better known as P.M. Hubbard (1910-1980) studied at Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize for English verse in 1933. From Oxford he moved into the Indian Civil Service in northwest India, returning to England in 1947... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
The Killer Nashville conference has been expanding each year and become one of the premiere events on the calendar for crime fiction fans. This year, organizers are offering two free scholarship opportunities for writers who want to attend but may... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
Crime Writers of Canada announced the 2016 Arthur Ellis Award winners for excellence in crime fiction titles by Canadian authors: Best Novel: Peter Kirby, Open Season Best First Novel: Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead The Lou Allen Memorial Award... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2016 at In Reference to Murder
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 May 30, 2016 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 May 29, 2016 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 May 27, 2016 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 May 25, 2016 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 May 23, 2016 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