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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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When most people think of Leonard Bernstein's compositions, they inevitably think of West Side Story. But Bernstein wrote many other works, including several for solo piano. In honor of the 29th anniversary of Bernstein's passing on October 14, 1990, here's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
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Paula Gosling was born Paula Osius in 1939, the daughter of an inventor in Detroit, Michigan. She tried her hand at poetry at Wayne State University and later at a Detroit advertising agency, but wasn't happy. In 1964, she headed... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The Texas Book Festival tweeted this morning that the 2019 Texas Writer Award Winner is Attica Locke. Locke's latest novel, Heaven, My Home, is the sequel to the Edgar Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird. Her third novel Pleasantville was the winner of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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It's the start of a new week and that means it's time for a new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN/MOVIES The full cast was revealed for Kenneth Branagh's Death on the Nile just as the sequel to... Continue reading
Posted 7 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 Oct 4, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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Jonathan Lethem has been chosen as the recipient of the 2019 T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award for his novel, The Feral Detective, as announced at the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Awards luncheon. The other finalists this year were The... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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It's the start of a new week and that means it's time for a new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN/MOVIES Emmy Award-winning director Jason Bateman (Ozark) is in early talks to direct Ryan Reynolds in Clue, the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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The late Norman Colin Dexter 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)... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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Manda Scott has won the 2019 McIlvanney Prize, making her the second woman in its eight year history to win the award. Scott was honored for her thriller, A Treachery of Spies, in a ceremony at the recent Bloody Scotland... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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John DeDakis is a former Senior Copy Editor on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" and is also the author of five novels in the Lark Chadwick mystery-suspense series. His fourth novel, Bullet in the Chamber, is the winner... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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It's the start of a new week and that means it's time for a new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN Sony Pictures Classics has made another acquisition out of the Toronto International Film Festival with Giuseppe Capotondi’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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Today is the start of the annual Banned Books Week, launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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It's interesting to look at the Edgar Award debut novel nominees, wondering how where their literary careers took them from there. One such author, Marie R. Reno, was nominated for her first novel, Final Proof, in 1977, and even though... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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The winners of the Ngaio Marsh Awards, which celebrate the best of New Zealand crime, mystery, thriller, and suspense writing, have been announced: Best Novel went to This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman; Best First Novel was won by Call... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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Author Mark Bergin’s career as an award-winning crime reporter then police officer spanned nearly 30 years and resulted in him being named Police Officer of the year twice, for drug and robbery investigation. His career also put him in close... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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It's the start of a new week and that means it's time for a new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN Paramount Pictures is rebooting Face/Off, the 1997 John Woo-directed action thriller that starred John Travolta and Nicolas... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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Before there was Marcia Muller, Sue Grafton and Patricia Cornwell, even before Joseph Wambaugh, Dorothy Uhnak was patrolling the streets of New York City in the 1950s and early 1960s as a New York City Transit Authority policewoman, with 12... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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The Australian Crime Writers Association announced this year's winners of the Ned Kelly Awards: 2019 Best Fiction, The Lost Man by Jane Harper; 2019 Best True Crime, Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee; and 2019 Best First Fiction, The Ruin by... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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It's the start of a new week and that means it's time for a new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN Paramount Pictures has acquired Brilliance, and will turn the Marcus Sakey novel adaptation into a vehicle for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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American author Charlotte Armstrong Lewi (1905-1969) wrote poetry, plays, short stories and 28 novels under the name Charlotte Armstrong and the pen name Jo Valentine, as well as working in the worlds of fashion, advertising and accounting. Her first success... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at In Reference to Murder
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Congrats to this year's winner of the Davitt Award for Best Crime Novel by Australian women (presented by Sisters in Crime), Dervla McTiernan’s novel, The Ruin. The winners in the other categories include: Young Adult Novel: Small Spaces by Sarah... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at In Reference to Murder