Coming April 30, 2021
When detective Scott Drayco's ex-girlfriend begs him to prove her rich fiance is innocent of murder, he reluctantly takes on the case.
But as Drayco encounters a mysterious commune, possible Russian traffickers, and false identities, he plunges deep into a cesspool where nothing is as it appears ... and everyone is guilty of secrets and lies.
Exciting New Series
Steal Away chosen as 2020 winner of the Virginia Indie Author Project, Adult Fiction
Revenge is best served ... bold.
A con woman out to avenge 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.
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What People are Saying
"A fast-paced whodunit, Lawson’s recent installment in the Scott Drayco mystery series contains enough pleasantly unexpected surprises and meticulous details to deliver a fresh mystery. Lawson's protagonist is also greatly compelling; Lawson also excels at crafting seemingly minor figures whose roles in the story may be more significant than they seem." - Publishers Weekly (Booklife Prize)
DIES IRAE is a notable title worth putting on your SELF-e reading list. - Library Journal
"This labyrinthine novel is great for those who love to be as intellectually frenzied as the detectives in the stories they read. They’ll be eagerly flipping back to look for Lawson’s strategically placed clues." - Library Journal
"BV Lawson has created a memorable character in Drayco, a concert pianist turned FBI agent, turned crime consultant. He also has the fascinating condition of synesthesia, which not only adds a mysterious depth to his character it is integral to the plot." - Big Al's Books & Pals
"BV Lawson is a wonderful storyteller. Trust me and pick up one of her books." - L.Jones Edition
"PLAYED TO DEATH's engaging lead and atmospheric setting make for an ideal travel read." - Library Journal
"The storyline here is nicely structured, and creatively ties together two murder mysteries, which occurred decades apart. The small town setting is ideal, the lead character engaging, and the supporting cast interesting and diverse. - Omnimystery News
Finalist for the 2019 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense
Finalist for the 2017 Daphne Award, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense
Finalist for 2017 Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards, Best Mystery
Longlisted for the 2019 Kindle Book Awards, Best Mystery/Thriller
BOOK 5 IN THE SCOTT DRAYCO MYSTERY SERIES
Can a piece of music be cursed?
A song linked to suicides is found with a victim's body, but was it really suicide—or a cleverly disguised murder? After a series of puzzling incidents, and Scott Drayco himself starts suffering from depression after playing the sonata, can he really be sure of what’s real and what’s imagined?
BOOK 4 IN THE SCOTT DRAYCO MYSTERY SERIES
What if a large part of your past turned out to be a lie?
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.
2018 Kindle Book Awards Finalist, Mystery/Thriller
2019 Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize Longlist, Mystery/Thriller
2016 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Peer Choice Award Finalist
Named a "a notable title worth putting on your reading list" by the Library Journal
BOOK 3 IN THE SCOTT DRAYCO MYSTERY SERIES
A mysterious music puzzle. A murdered co-ed. Sinister secrets.
Crime consultant Scott Drayco teams up with his estranged ex-FBI partner, "Sarg" Sargosian, to solve a puzzling music code sent to a murdered student - before Sarg's daughter becomes the next victim.
BOOK 2 IN THE SCOTT DRAYCO MYSTERY SERIES
A mysterious attack on a disabled girl leads to sea of secrets, lies, and murder.
Scott Drayco gets a worried call from a friend on Virginia's Eastern Shore about an attack on an innocent disabled girl. Drayco suspects it's no accident when he crosses paths with a badly disfigured man and the man's enigmatic Goth son, as well as one of the smoothest and most dangerous figures Drayco has encountered in his career.
Named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
2015 Shamus Award finalist for Best Indie P.I. Novel
Chosen as Featured Self-E Selection by Library Journal
BOOK 1 IN THE SCOTT DRAYCO MYSTERY SERIES
When crime consultant Scott Drayco is bequeathed a derelict Opera House in a rundown Virginia fishing village, he doesn't count on finding a body on stage. And that's just the beginning of his troubles....
"Overall, a solid start to this series." - Omnimystery News
"The pace never sagged and it kept me enthralled." - Long and Short Reviews
"Lawson’s book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end." - Readers' Favorite Reviews