Past career hats BV Lawson tried on include maid, super-speedy typist, classical musician, radio announcer, being in TV commercials (for all of one day), research assistant, TV features writer and working for the Discovery Channel. Now a full-time freelance writer, she's penned articles for various publications and won awards for her many published stories and poems.
Thanks to the influence of library genes handed down from her mother, she created the blog In Reference to Murder which contains over 3,000 links for mystery readers and writers. She's working on a series of crime fiction novels set in various locations in and around the mid-Atlantic, and when time permits, BV and her husband enjoy flying over Northern Virginia and the Chesapeake in a little putt-putt plane. Visit BV via her web site, bvlawson.com. No ticket required
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Having a librarian as a mother meant there were always books in the house. I was a book junkie, and she was my supplier (in the best possible sense). Perhaps I turned to writing to feed my habit from a different angle, but it didn’t take long to get me hooked on it, too. After winning a poetry contest at age 10 and some essay contests, I knew I wanted to be a writer. Unfortunately, life gets in the way of dreams sometimes, and it took me quite a bit longer than I’d hoped.
What was the catalyst for your Scott Drayco mystery series?
I enjoy private eye novels, but I’m not a fan of writing in the first-person, so I came up with a “private eye procedural” hybrid via my protagonist Scott Drayco, a former FBI agent turned freelancer who consults with law enforcement agencies. The setting—the Eastern Shore of Virginia on the Delmarva Peninsula—is a short hop from D.C. (especially in a small plane), but it feels worlds apart in terms of culture and scenery. I was entranced after visiting the area, and as far as I know, this is the first mystery novel set there. Not to give too much away regarding the plot, but there is an Opera House and a Chopin manuscript involved, which arose out of my background in musicology.
A con woman hoping to take revenge on the man she feels responsible for her grandmother's death has to fight her growing attraction for a handsome Vermont police detective and the efforts of her nemesis to silence her ... forever. But if she can allow herself to trust her instincts—and the detective—she might just have a fighting chance.
Read the first three books in the Shamus Award-nominated mystery series that Library Journal called "worth putting on your reading list" and readers describe as “not a stereotypical detective” and "an extremely complex character." If you like a heart tugging mystery and thrilling suspense, you’ll love BV Lawson’s bestselling series.
Crime consultant Scott Drayco and “the world’s most diminutive defense attorney” Benny Baskin find themselves on the Eastern Shore of Virginia fighting for the innocence of Baskin's client, jailed for the murder of his business partner. Against the backdrop of the Wallops Island rocket launch facility, Drayco soon discovers the motive for the man's murder might just be out of this world.
NOTE: This is a sequel to book #4 in the Scott Drayco series, DIES IRAE, which should be read before ELEGY IN SCARLET if you want to avoid spoilers!
When crime consultant Scott Drayco’s long-AWOL mother returns and is charged with murder, he’s dragged into a world of secrets, lies, and cons as he becomes obsessed with solving the mystery about her and his own past.
Five tales featuring brilliant crime consultant Scott Drayco, a former pianist turned FBI agent who uses his music and law enforcement insights to solve cases others don't want to touch. From HEAR NO EVIL, where Drayco has to solve a murder in an empty concert hall in a snowstorm, to FM IS FOR MURDER, where a shock jock gets his comeuppance, these stories show why evil is often a song best unsung.
When a single, pregnant woman is attacked, Melungeon healer Cephea Collins comes to her defense and her aid. After all, Cephea herself knows a thing or two about being an outcast in society. As Sheriff Daniel Praeger's ex-wife makes a last-ditch attempt to drive Daniel and Cephea apart, Cephea begins to wonder if there will be a happy ending for anyone.
A mysterious stranger is found with a bag of gold—and shot with a poisoned arrow. When a man and woman arrive in town with claims the gold was stolen, Sheriff Daniel Praeger must uncover the truth while Melungeon healer Cephea Collins tends to the wounded and unconscious victim. Will the growing feelings between Daniel and Cephea help solve the puzzle or drive them further apart?
When Sheriff Daniel Praeger's three-year-old son finds a "sleeping man" in the woods, Daniel realizes the man has been murdered—and was himself accused of murdering his own wife a year ago. With the dead man's uncooperative family and Daniel's ex turning up the heat, can Daniel keep his son and Cephea safe while sorting out his own conflicted emotions?
Melungeon healer Cephea Collins finds herself falling for Sheriff Daniel Praeger, but those feelings are put to the test when he asks her help on a case involving the murder of his ex-girlfriend's brother. As the ex makes it clear she wants to rekindle her relationship with Daniel, Cephea learns that love can be as deadly as any of the poultices and poisons she uses in her craft.
When a girl is found murdered in a small Appalachian town after meeting with mysterious Melungeon healer Cephea Collins, suspicion falls on Cephea. It's up to Sheriff Daniel Praeger to uncover the truth, but his investigation may dig a little too close to home when he finds himself falling for the main suspect, and his beliefs about science and witchcraft are turned upside down.
Three years ago, Scott Drayco left the FBI after an incident involving his partner, Mark “Sarg” Sargosian. Now a freelance crime consultant, Drayco never imagined his estranged former FBI partner would turn up on his doorstep, pleading for help. But Drayco must race against the clock to solve a music code sent to a murdered college student—before his partner’s daughter becomes the next victim.
- Four adult murder victims in Washington, DC, all wheelchair-bound
- An attack on an innocent disabled girl on Virginia's Eastern Shore
- A list of suspects that include a badly-disfigured man, his enigmatic Goth son, and a slippery and dangerous adversary
Crime consultant Scott Drayco must battle greed, guilt, and guile to uncover the truth. But is he dealing with one murderous monster or two?
When crime consultant Scott Drayco is bequeathed a rundown Opera House in a down-on-its-luck seaside village, his hopes for a quick sale are dashed after a client is murdered in the Opera House—the letter “G” mockingly carved into his chest. Drayco must untangle a web of jealousy and betrayal reaching into the darkest days of history before tensions in town explode and he becomes the next victim.
Scott Drayco had everything going: handsome, brilliant, a talented classical pianist. After a violent act scarred him, he turned to an FBI career and now freelances as a crime consultant, taking on cases others won't touch. From a suspected serial killer who plays mind games with Drayco, to murder and revenge at 20,000 feet, these 8 stories delve into dark mysteries of the human soul.
Tales about dark choices people make when their backs are against a wall: a sheriff's deputy and a nun hold the fate of a meth dealer; a former violinist takes fate into his own, scarred hands; a forensic linguist obsessed with solving the puzzle of a missing Moravian deed; a homeless man killed by a hit-and-run finds advocates in a minister and his cat; a hitman who just wants to be left alone.
From Derringer Award winner BV Lawson comes 4 tales of mirth and mayhem: a shopping mall Christmas Elf with revenge on his mind; a man whose day goes from bad to worse when his car is rear-ended by the mayor's wife and police find a skeleton in his trunk; a P.I.'s blackmail case that takes him to a costume party and too may Abraham Lincolns; and little Sammy Spade wreaking havoc at summer camp.