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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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Mary Higgins Clark (who passed away on January 31) and fellow author Thomas Chastain founded the Adams Round Table in 1982, a monthly meeting where author members discussed the writing craft, plotted a few literary murders and shared writing experiences.... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at In Reference to Murder
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After Irish native Patricia Gibney's husband died in 2009, she turned to art and writing, self-publishing a children's book entitled Spring Sprong Sally. Gibney then started writing crime fiction and created her first novel in that genre, 2017's The Missing... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at In Reference to Murder
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The Los Angeles Times announced the finalists for the 40th Annual Book Prizes, with winners in the various categories to be announced on Friday, April 17th, at 7pm. The Robert Kirsch Award winner for lifetime achievement this year is Walter... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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The University of Otago's Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies announced two new fellowships that will be open to writers of Irish or Scottish birth, residence or affiliation. The inaugural CISS Scottish Writers Fellowship will be held jointly by Scottish... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Dublin, Ireland-based author Laura Elliot has worked as a journalist and magazine editor and published books and stories for children and young adults (under the name June Considine), some published in anthologies and broadcast on radio. Her ventures into crime... Continue reading
Posted 3 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 brand-new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN/MOVIES James Bobin is in talks to direct Clue, the live-action feature adaptation of the Hasbro board game... Continue reading
Posted 4 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 7 days ago at In Reference to Murder
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Happy Valentine's Day week to all! If you're in the mood for loving on some criminally good reading, check out Janet Rudolph's list of Valentine's Day Crime Fiction (and note that Janet also has another appropriate blog titled Dying for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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Before turning his hand to writing, Alan Orloff worked on nuclear submarines, supervised assembly workers in factories, had stints at the Washington Post and Arbiton and even started his own newsletter business, educating the public about the benefits of recycling... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2020 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 brand-new roundup of crime drama news: AWARDS The 92nd Academy Awards were handed out last night, and there were few surprises among the crime drama winners,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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Barbara Burnett Smith (1947-2005) did voiceover work in radio and television commercials for two decades and also owned a company that provided communication and leadership classes. But as the daughter-in-law of mystery writer Thomas B. Dewey, Barbara was bitten by... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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As many of you may already know, Mary Higgins Clark, the "Queen Of Suspense," passed away this past weekend. Simon & Schuster President and CEO Carolyn K. Reidy said that "Beginning in 1975 with the publication of Where Are The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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Since both her grandmothers were successful novelists (Margaret Kennedy and Leonora Starr/Dorothy Rivers), it's only natural that Alex Marwood would eventually turn her hand to the genre after an initial career as a journalist across the British press. Her first... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
The team at Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine have announced the 2020 Barry Award nominations. Congrats and good luck to all! Best Novel THE LOST MAN, Jane Harper IF SHE WAKES, Michael Koryta METROPOLIS, Philip Kerr THE BORDER, Don Winslow YOUR... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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The Audio Publishers Association announced this year's finalists for the annual Audio awards in twenty-four categories. Stephen King will receive a lifetime achievement award at the gala, to be held March 2 in New York City. Here are the nods... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 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 brand-new roundup of crime drama news: AWARDS The British Academy of Film and Television handed their BAFTA Awards last night, the British version of the Oscars.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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Rhona Petrie was the pen name of British author Eileen-Marie Duell Buchanan, who also wrote under the name Clare Curzon. Born in 1922, she didn't start her literary career until the 1960s, with the publication of Death in Deakins Wood,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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Registration is now open for the International Thriller Writer's Seventh Annual Online Thriller School. The eight-week program begins March 23, 2020, where the craft of thriller writing will be front and center. Each instructor will teach an aspect of craft... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 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 brand-new roundup of crime drama news: THE BIG SCREEN/MOVIES Matt Damon is set to re-team with James Mangold, his director on Ford v Ferrari, for an... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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The Edgar Awards for 2020 were just announced yesterday by the Mystery Writers of America. So it seems fitting to profile an anthology from 1980, The Edgar Winners, the 33rd Annual Anthology of the Mystery Writers of America. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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There are 37 titles on the longlist for the 2020 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year. The award honors books in translation published in English in the UK during the preceding calendar year that are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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The Mystery Writers of America announced the nominees for the 2020 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2019. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2020 at In Reference to Murder
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The Malice Domestic conference announced the finalists for this year's Agatha Awards. The awards honor the "traditional mystery," books typified by the works of Agatha Christie, or the genre loosely defined as mysteries that contain no explicit sex, excessive gore... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2020 at In Reference to Murder