"Quaking in My Boots" is the featured monthly story at All Due Respect and included in their 2020 yearly anthology from Down & Out books.

Steal Away chosen as 2020 winner of the Virginia Indie Author Project, Adult Fiction

The Suicide Sonata named finalist for the 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year​, Best Mystery

"Surrectus" named 2019 winner in the Gemini Magazine Flash Fiction Contest


The story “Alien Nation” named a winner of the inaugural Golden Fedora award for short fiction from Noir Nation (to be published in Noir Nation 8)

Requiem for Innocence named a Finalist for the Kindle Book Awards, Mystery/Thriller

Requiem for Innocence longlisted for the 2019 Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize, Mystery/Thriller

New stories in Flash Bang Mysteries and Noir Nation, Spring 2019

New Scott Drayco short story published in Mystery Weekly, March 2019


"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)

"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 

"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. Overall, a solid start to this series." - Omnimystery News


"Lawson uses the gothic features of the abandoned Opera House to great effect, creating an atmospheric background for the crimes and the solving of them, all of it accompanied with music that’s almost like another character. The pace never sagged and it kept me enthralled." - Long and Short Reviews


"Now this story was close to brilliance.... loved the concept of this story. The main character was truly three-dimensional, a noteworthy feat especially in a short story. The plot was fast, dark and thrilling. I had a hunch halfway through about what would happen, and I was right, but that didn’t make the reading experience any less pleasant. The writing was fluent and the story intriguing, and I loved the end." -


"One of the best shorts I've read this year. Scary and triumphant in the bleakest kind of way with two of the best characters I've read." - AJ Hayes, author of the Mad Dog and Englishman series


"BV Lawson ends the anthology on a strong note. Scott Drayco investigates the death of a shock jock and...cleverly solves the crime. All in all, an excellent read for lovers of quality mystery fiction." - Jacqueline Seewald, author of The Inferno Collection


"We've had the pleasure of reading these tales and can enthusiastically recommend them." - Omnimystery News


"Awesome story. Beautifully have really written something special." - Terrie Farley Moran, author of the Read ’Em and Eat Café and Bookstore series


"That the author could fit all of this into a short story and make me connect to the characters makes me want to read more of her work." - Midu Hadi


"I'm a sucker for unreliable narrators, but they are hard to pull off. But Lawson does so with aplomb. A story about small-town life, prejudice (including our own as we read, perhaps), and revenge." - James Everington, author of Falling Over


False Shadows kept me guessing until the very end. I’d recommend this book to experienced mystery readers who enjoy wrestling with skillfully placed hints that don’t easily reveal their secrets. - Long and Short Reviews

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Steal Away chosen as 2020 winner of the Virginia Indie Author Project, Adult Fiction

The Suicide Sonata named finalist for the 2019 Foreword Reviews INDIES Book of the Year​, Best Mystery

Winner, Gemini Magazine 2019 Flash Fiction Contest

Named a Golden Fedora winner from Noir Nation for short fiction with "Alien Nation."

Requiem for Innocence longlisted for the 2019 Publishers Weekly Booklife Prize, Mystery/Thriller

Requiem for Innocence a 2018 finalist in the Kindle Book Awards, Mystery/Thriller

Blood on the Bayou won the 2017 Anthony Award for Best Anthology (contains my story "And Down We Go")

Elegy in Scarlet named a finalist for 2017 Library Journal Indie Ebook Awards, Best Mystery

Elegy in Scarlet named a finalist for the 2017 Daphne Award, Mainstream Mystery/Suspense

Dies Irae named a finalist for 2016 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Peer Choice Award

Dies Irae named 2016 Library  Journal Self-E Finalist

Played to Death a finalist in the 2015 Shamus Awards for Best Indie P.I. Novel


Played to Death named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards


Played to Death chosen as a 2015 Featured Self-E Selection by Library Journal


Finalist for Derringer Story Mystery Fiction Award, 2015 for Scott Drayco story, "The Least of These"


Winner, Derringer Award from the Short Mystery Fiction Society, 2012, for "Touch of Death"

"Violin Karma” chosen as one of the StorySouth Million Writers Award notable stories of 2010

Honorable Mention, American Independent Writers Short fiction Prize, 2010, for the Scott Drayco story, "FM is for Murder"

Longlisted for Southwest Writers Novel MS Contest, 2010

2nd Place, Mystery Novel Category, Maryland Writers Association Awards, 2009

Finalist for Derringer Short Mystery Fiction Award, 2009, for the Scott Drayco story, "The Devil to Play"

Finalist for Derringer Short Mystery Fiction Award, 2008, for "Dreaming of a Spite X-Mas"

Finalist, Press 53 Open Fiction Awards, Genre Category, October 2008

1st Place, Armchair Interviews Summertime Blues, September 2008

Finalist, Homecoming Contest, Crime & Suspense, January 2008

Finalist in the 2007 Deadly Ink Contest




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