Media Murder for Monday
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by BV Lawson
4d ago
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 Academy Award nominee, Amy Ryan, is joining the cast of the Apple Original Films thriller Wolves (working title) starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt, that will be written, directed, and produced by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: No Way Home). Ryan’s role is being kept under wraps, but the film will star Clooney and Pitt as two fixers who prefer to work alone but find themselves assigned to the same job. Ryan was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her ..read more
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Friday's "Forgotten" Books: A Long Fatal Love Chase
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by BV Lawson
1w ago
When most people think of Louisa May Alcott, Little Women comes to mind, and indeed, that is her chief claim to fame in literary history. However, she also penned Gothic thrillers ("potboilers") under the name A. M. Barnard, a fact that was brought to light in the early 1940s by a rare book dealer, Madeleine B. Stern, and a librarian, Leona Rostenberg. This led to Stern's book Behind a Mask: The Unknown Thrillers of Louisa May Alcott. One of those thrillers is more of a Gothic suspense romance which she originally titled A Modern Mephistopheles, or The Fatal Love Chase, which she'd dashed off ..read more
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Mystery Melange
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by BV Lawson
1w ago
In addition to the announcement of the Edgar Awards by Mystery Writers of America, various other tributes also related to Edgar Allan Poe transpired around his birthday anniversary this month. The decades-long "Poe Toaster" Baltimore tradition at Westminster Presbyterian Church in which an unnamed man paid tribute at Poe's gravesite with flowers, words in Latin, and a toast. Several publications also contributed to the lore, as in the Washington Post's look at Poe's brief military journey; and Raidió Teilifís Éireann's take on how Poe became the darling of the maligned and misunderstood. Unta ..read more
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Media Murder for Monday
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by BV Lawson
1w ago
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 The thriller drama, Rainbow Six, a sequel to the 2021 film Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, is now officially moving forward. Helmed by the director behind the John Wick movies, Chad Stahelski, and based on Tom Clancy’s 1988 novel (which also has long been a popular video game franchise), Rainbow Six will star Michael B. Jordan reprising his role as John Kelly, a Navy SEAL who becomes a CIA operative. The actor’s 2021 debut as the Tom Clancy character was released straight to ..read more
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Friday's "Forgotten" Books: A Thief in the Night
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by BV Lawson
2w ago
Ernest William Hornung (1866–1921) was an English poet and author who also happened to be the brother-in-law of Arthur Conan Doyle. He also worked as a journalist in England, France and Australia, and centered many of his stories around Aussie settings and culture. He's perhaps best known for his series featuring gentleman thief A. J. Raffles, who first appeared in a story in Cassell's Magazine in 1898. Raffles may have been one of the earliest anti-heroes in crime fiction, spending his days playing cricket and his nights carrying out ingenious burglaries, aided by his sidekick Harry "Bunny ..read more
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Edgar Excellence
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by BV Lawson
2w ago
  As Mystery Writers of America celebrates the 214th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, MWA announced the nominees for the 2023 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2022. The 77th Annual Edgar Awards will be celebrated on April 27, 2023, at the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.   BEST NOVEL Devil House by John Darnielle (Farrar, Straus and Giroux - MCD) Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books) Gangland by Chuck Hogan (Hachette Book Gr ..read more
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Mystery Melange
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by BV Lawson
2w ago
Joffe Books announced the shortlist for the Joffe Books Prize for Crime Writers of Colour 2022. This year's pool of entries covered the gamut of gritty police procedurals to wrenching domestic suspense, evocative historical mysteries to page-turning cosies. Out of the longlist of twenty, five stood out, forming the official shortlist: The Labelled Bones by FQ Yeoh; Everyone Is Going To Know by Kingsley Pearson; The Smiling Mandarin by Mai Le Dinh; Red Obsession by Rose Lorimer; and Savage Territory by Sam Genever. The winner will be announced in January 2023. More sad news for fans of myster ..read more
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Lefty Love
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by BV Lawson
2w ago
Left Coast Crime 2023 — Trouble in Tucson— will be presenting four Lefty Awards at the convention in Tucson, Arizona. Registrants of the Left Coast Crime Conventions in Tucson and Albuquerque were able to nominate three titles in each category. The 2023 Lefty awards will be voted on at the convention and presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the El Conquistador Tucson.   Lefty Nominees for Best Humorous Mystery Novel Ellen Byron, Bayou Book Thief (Berkley Prime Crime) Jennifer J. Chow, Death by Bubble Tea (Berkley Prime Crime) A.J. Devlin, Five Moves of Doom ..read more
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Media Murder for Monday
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by BV Lawson
2w ago
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 Alona Tal (SEAL Team), Jake Busey (Predators), and Craig Sheffer (A River Runs Through It) have joined Mark Feuerstein, Neal McDonough, Dermot Mulroney, and Christopher Lloyd in Man in the Long Black Coat, from director Salvador Litvak. The film tells the story of a troubled teen accused of a shocking murder, and the unlikely detective who seeks to prove his innocence and expose a far more sinister truth. Paul Ben-Victor (Plane) and Mercedes Varnado (The Mandalorian) are ..read more
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Friday's "Forgotten" Books: The Problem of Cell 13
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by BV Lawson
3w ago
Jacques Heath Futrelle (1875-1912) was an American journalist and mystery writer who worked for the Atlanta Journal, where he began their sports section and met his great love and fellow writer, Lily May ("May") Peel. Soon after, Futrelle was off to Boston to join the editorial staff the Boston Post, but he missed Peel too much to stay. Before taking a job with the New York Herald, Jacques and May married in Georgia in July 1895, and after their honeymoon, the couple settled in to enjoy the New York literary life, including neighbors such as Edith Wharton and O. Henry. Inspired by his love of ..read more
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