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BV Lawson
I'm a mystery writer and fan who loves research.
Interests: the universe, basically...
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Rhona Petrie (1922-2010) was the pen name of British author Eileen-Marie Duell Buchanan, who also wrote under the name Clare Curzon. She didn't start her literary career until the 1960s, with the publication of Death in Deakins Wood, the first... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
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The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2015 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards, which are voted on by booksellers, book industry luminaries, readers, critics, reviewers and commentators. This year's winner for Best Novel is Eden by Candice Fox;... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Although the last-minute vacation crunch means an absence of news, here are a few of the latest crime drama tidbits: MOVIES Producer Mark Gordon (Ray Donovan, Criminal Minds) is taking on the suspense thriller Paris Trap, based on a script... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Leslie Charles Bowyer-Yin (1907-1993) was born in Singapore to a Chinese father and English mother, which would later come to haunt him when he was denied permanent residency in the U.S. due to the Chinese Exclusion Act, a law prohibiting... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The annual Fall for the Book festival at George Mason University in Virginia announced the lineup for this year's event, including "an evening of mystery (and maybe mayhem)" on Tuesday, September 29. A headline event with Megan Abbott kicks off... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The prolific Robert Masello is an award-winning journalist, television writer (for such projects as Charmed, Sliders, and Poltergeist), and the bestselling author of many books, most recently the historical thriller, The Romanov Cross, which Kirkus praised for its "delicious sense... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's the latest crime drama news to start your week: MOVIES The Wolf of Wall Street duo Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorses are re-teaming for The Devil in the White City. The project is an adaptation of Erik Larson’s 2003... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Today's selection for Patti Abbot's Forgotten Books Friday is a novel by author Jo Bannister, a former journalist who was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, and currently lives in Northern Ireland. She's the author of over 30 novels and has received... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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If you're anywhere near Durham, North Carolina, catch the latest Noir at the Bar event tomorrow evening, featuring writers Steve Weddle (Country Hardball), Greg Barth (Selena), Eryk Pruitt (Dirtbags, Hashtag), S.A. Cosby (The Brotherhood of the Blade), David Terrenoire (Beneath... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Catch up on the latest crime drama news while you're in the car/plane/train during your last-gasp summer vacation: MOVIES Warner Bros has optioned Ross MacDonald's 1966 crime novel Black Money for Joel and Ethan Coen to write and potentially direct.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Christianna Brand was born Mary Christianna Milne in 1907 in Malaya, spending her early years in India. When at age 17 she learned her father had lost all his money, she took on a series of jobs including governess, nightclub... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Before Sean Chercover turned his hand to writing fiction, he was a TV writer, video editor, support diver, and private investigator in Chicago and New Orleans. His novel Big City, Bad Blood, won the Shamus Award for Best First Novel,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Noted true-crime writer Ann Rule died last week, and the Guardian paid tribute by looking into her gift for tapping into our collective obsession with crime, while the Washington Post took a look at the strange relationship between Rule and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Happy Monday to all, and hope you enjoy the latest roundup of news from the world of crime dramas: MOVIES Game of Thrones director Neil Marshall has been signed to direct EuropaCorp’s upcoming revenge drama The Sentence, a futuristic thriller... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Meg Elizabeth Atkins (1932-2013) was raised in Manchester in the U.K. and had a variety of careers from stable hand to secretary, before her first novel, The Gemini, was published in 1964. Her two primary series were one featuring Inspector... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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The Bloody Scotland festival announced finalists for this year's Crime Book of the Year: Paths of the Dead by Lin Anderson; DM For Murder by Matt Bendoris; Dead Girl Walking by Brookmyre; Thin Air by Ann Cleeves; The Ghosts of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Here's a wrap-up of this week's crime drama news: MOVIES Director Ridley Scott is taking on Don Winslow's novel Cartel as a film adaptation for Fox. The drug-trafficking plot has prescient parallels to the real-life escape of Mexican drug lord... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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Elizabeth Ferrars (1907-1995), born Morna Doris MacTaggart, was a British crime writer and founding member of the Crime Writers Association who received a special Silver Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1980. Her Golden Age books totaled over 70 in all,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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This week's look at crime fiction news includes awards in the UK, New Zealand, and Spain, a profile of Maj Sjöwal, the cast of cast of HBO's The Wire reunited in Baltimore, and more. Debut author Sarah Hilary has won... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at In Reference to Murder
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It's Monday again, which means summer is flying by, but even better, it's time for the latest wrap-up of crime drama news: MOVIES James Franco and Ahna O’Reilly are developing a movie version of Alex Marwood’s murder mystery The Killer... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2015 at In Reference to Murder