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Poet, author, journalist, and blogger BV Lawson grew up in rural East Tennessee, where she won a poetry competition at the age of 10 that spurred her interest in writing as a career. After a detour earning two degrees in music, she continued her passion for creative endeavors by writing feature articles and fiction for dozens of national publications.


A four-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner for her short fiction, BV’s Scott Drayco series (novels and stories) has been honored by the American Independent Writers, Maryland Writers Association, named Best Mystery in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, chosen as a Featured Library Journal Self-e pick, and been a finalist for the Shamus, Silver Falchion, and Daphne Awards. BV's story "And Down We Go" was also part of the Anthony Award-winning anthology Blood on the Bayou.



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.

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Crime consultant Scott Drayco is in the middle of a thorny case in Washington, D.C., involving murder victims who were all wheelchair-bound. Then, out of the blue, he gets a worried call from a friend on Virginia's Eastern Shore about an attack on a disabled girl. Working once again with Sheriff Sailor and Deputy Nelia Tyler, Drayco discovers almost everyone believes the girl's attack was an accident. But he begins to suspect otherwise 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.

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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.

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Crime consultant Scott Drayco is already in the middle of a possible career-ending legal battle when word comes that his mother, who disappeared 30 years ago, is very much alive — and charged with murder. With Drayco’s father washing his hands of the matter and police convinced the woman is guilty, everyone tells him he should just walk away from the case and let the chips fall where they may. Except, Drayco finds he can’t leave it alone and is obsessed with uncovering the truth: Is his mother really a killer? Where has she been all these years? And why did she suddenly leave her husband and children to vanish without a trace?

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Can a piece of music be cursed?  When a young marine biologist is found dead, seemingly of suicide, his father can't believe he took his own life and hires Scott Drayco to prove it was murder. But what of the mysterious song found in the young man's pocket—the same song with links to a nineteenth-century piano sonata that led to a wave of suicides? As Drayco digs deeper, he finds even more unusual aspects of the case not easily explained but fears a tragic incident from his own past may be clouding his judgment. When Drayco starts suffering from depression himself after playing the sonata, can he really be sure of what’s real and what’s imagined?



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.


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  • Mystery Writers of America, Active Member (National and Mid-Atlantic Chapter)

  • Sisters in Crime (National and Chesapeake Chapter)

  • International Association of Crime Writers

  • Private Eye Writers of America

  • International Thriller Writers, Active Member

  • Short Mystery Fiction Society

  • Independent Book Publishers Association



"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

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 prose is clean, crisp,  and detailed, demonstrating a clear affinity for crime journalism. 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)


"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

"PLAYED TO DEATH's engaging lead and atmospheric setting make for an ideal travel read." - Library Journal


"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


"Lawson’s book was so good, I read it twice from beginning to end...The citizens of Cape Unity are as diverse and multi-layered as any person living in the large cities, and Lawson portrayed them splendidly." - Reader's Favorite 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


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


"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