• Mysteries & Thrillers

    Played to Death: A Scott Drayco Mystery (Scott Drayco Mystery Series Book 1)

    A Shamus Award Finalist and Named Best Mystery in the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Still suffering nightmares from a case that ended tragically, brilliant freelance crime consultant Scott Drayco considers retiring from crime solving altogether. When a former client bequeaths Drayco a rundown Opera House in a Virginia seaside town, he figures he’ll arrange for a quick sale of the place while nursing his battered soul in a peaceful setting near the shore. What he doesn’t count on is finding a dead body on the Opera House stage with a mysterious "G" carved into the man’s chest. With hopes for a quick sale dashed and himself a suspect in the murder, Drayco digs into very old and very dangerous secrets to solve the crime and clear his name. Along the way, Drayco must dodge a wary sheriff, hostility over coastal development, and the seductive wife of a town councilman – before the tensions explode into more violence and he becomes the next victim. Want to read a Scott Drayco novella for FREE? Sign up for BV’s Mysteries in Crimetime newsletter at bvlawson.com and receive a FREE copy of "The Maltese Moon Rock"! Scott Drayco Thrillers in order: PLAYED TO DEATH (A Shamus Award Finalist and Best Mystery, Next Generation Book Awards)REQUIEM FOR INNOCENCEDIES IRAEELEGY IN SCARLET Praise for BV’s Mysteries in Crimetime: "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 "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 "A nice tight mystery in a realistic setting. Totally enjoyable." – Terrie Farley Moran, national bestselling author of the Read ‘Em and Eat Mystery Series "Now this story was close to brilliance…The plot was fast, dark and thrilling." – IHeartReading.net All in all, an excellent read for lovers of quality mystery fiction." – Jacqueline Seewald, author of The Inferno Collection