False Shadows: Eight Scott Drayco Mystery Stories

False Shadows: Eight Scott Drayco Mystery Stories

by BV Lawson


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Scott Drayco had everything going for him: handsome, brilliant, a talented classical pianist in the prime of his youth. After violence scarred him physically and emotionally, he turned to an FBI career and now freelances as a crime consultant, taking on cases other people often don't want to touch. From a suspected serial killer who plays mind games with Drayco, to murder and revenge at 20,000 feet, these eight stories of literary suspense delve into the darkest mysteries of the human soul.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615895727
Publisher: Crimetime Press
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Series: Scott Drayco Series
Pages: 102
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.21(d)

About the Author

Poet, author, and journalist 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 three-time Derringer Award finalist and 2012 winner for her short stories, BV was also honored by the American Independent Writers and Maryland Writers Association for her Scott Drayco series. BV currently lives in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and enjoys flying above the Chesapeake Bay in a little Cessna.

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False Shadows: Eight Scott Drayco Mystery Stories 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alexander Rigby for Readers' Favorite "False Shadows: Eight Scott Drayco Mystery Stories" by BV Lawson contains several short stories about the titular character Drayco, who works as a crime consultant, taking on a number of very unusual cases. Each of these short tales is suspenseful in nature and makes the reader turn the page quickly to find out what exactly is going on. The stories focus on various murder-related crimes, and use different characters and settings to create the next mystery for Drayco to solve. Narrative elements such as flash-floods, stolen artifacts, nursing homes, Native Americans, and strange phone calls all take up the pages in the stories that Lawson has beautifully crafted. I really enjoyed the way this book is set up and how each of the stories is short and easy to read. It is not a book of separate short stories. I found it nice that the main character, Scott Drayco, showes up in each of the different mysteries. One of my favorite things Lawson did to describe the settings in these stories was comparing the surroundings to the works of famous painters such as Georgia O’Keefe and Jackson Pollock. Descriptions such as these really stuck out to me and created a feeling inside of me that perhaps wouldn’t have been as vivid otherwise. My favorite story was 'The Fine Art of Justice', but in reality, I enjoyed every story found in this book. I think that Lawson has a great future ahead of her in writing tales such as these.  
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ty Mall for Readers' Favorite "False Shadows" by B.V. Lawson is a collection of eight mystery stories featuring Scott Drayco, who was an aspiring professional pianist. After an accident derailed his dreams, he moved on to work for the FBI, and after that, as a consultant solving crimes. Scott investigates a nursing home where a patient has thrown some eggs. When a man in prison wants to speak with him, Drayco finds out they may have more in common than he first thought possible. In an hour, the detective tells a woman who killed her husband and why, using only the objects in one room of a house. There are cases Scott solves involving art, pottery, and a violin. There are also two cases that partially involve dead or damaged cattle. I enjoyed reading this collection. Mysteries are chock full of interesting facts, and that is one of the things that make mysteries fun. Well, that, and trying to guess who the criminal is (I think I got it right, once. Oh, well). What is really great about this book is the detective, Scott Drayco. His personal details don’t drag down any of the stories. He is human enough to care about, and for me, felt like a good friend by the end. I think 'Out of the Clouds' was one of my favorite cases. In these mysteries, the criminals are never over-the-top evil. The reason they give for their actions doesn’t excuse them, but it is never “just because.” B.V. Lawson’s commitment to good mystery writing shows. Great work.    
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Dr. Oliva Dsouza for Readers' Favorite Scott Drayco is the super sleuth who solves crimes with guts and a lot of smart thinking. The book has a collection of his cases and how he goes about solving them using his common sense and investigative instincts. In all the short stories, Drayco solves the crimes based on simple facts and quick thinking. He comes across as an efficient, smart and clever investigator who knows where to look for clues. The other characters in the stories have been etched out just correctly and this book is highly recommended for one of those flights where you cannot sleep and would rather read something light and fun. "False Shadows" by B.V.Lawson is an extremely engaging and interesting read. The stories are quick, fast and grab your attention. With a clever plot and and an equally clever protagonist, the book is an out and out entertainer. Kudos to the author for having done a great job. Nowadays where attention spans are becoming shorter and people do not have time to read long, winding mystery novels, this book comes as a refreshing breath of fresh air. With unique plots and widely varying challenges for Scott Drayco to solve in his own inimitable style, the stories are fun and keep you hooked. The mysteries vary from the theft of an expensive violin to murder, revenge and betrayal. The human emotions that lead to crime have been explored nicely and he author has succeeded in weaving an interesting and exciting web of mystery stories that keep you on the edge of your seat.  
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite "False Shadows" by B.V. Lawson is a compilation of eight short stories featuring the sleuth Scott Drayco. A former music prodigy, Scott Drayco has made a name for himself with his quick deductions and obscure methods. His musical background, together with his violent past, puts him in unique situations where only his specific set of talents and skills can help him solve the conundrum. "False Shadows" is a collection that showcases Drayco's abilities, as well as B.V. Lawson's talents as a mystery writer. Each short story in this collection offers readers a glimpse of a particular aspect of the main character's persona. BV Lawson has a talent for making his character just dominate the stage, and a flair for writing fast-paced stories that have satisfying twists. 'Blood Antiphon' was my favorite among all the short stories since it gave me a quick look at Drayco's past, enough to whet my appetite and think about the character and the experiences he has undergone. 'Terror of the Mind Bandit' was also a great read, one where Drayco really shone. The stories are straightforward, and some of the supporting characters may be stiff and one-dimensional, but still, B.V. Lawson gives readers a quick mystery fix perfect for a short plane or bus ride. Many of the greatest mystery and fiction authors started off with superb short stories before launching masterpieces, and with the strength of Lawson's main protagonist, and his tight writing, I think it is highly probable that we will be seeing a new name in the top mystery novels list soon.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite “False Shadows” by B V Lawson is a fine collection of eight short stories, three of which  have been published previously. A common thread running through each of the stories is the main character, Private Investigator Scott Drayco. Drayco is unusual in that his life goal had been to become a concert pianist, until a botched car-jacking ruined one of his hands. After that forced a change in plans, he enlisted with the FBI, trading in his badge for a P.I. license when he grew tired of FBI work. Drayco is an adept investigator, solving his cases in a very Holmesian style, where logic and insight replace solid evidence and physical clues. Each of the stories in this collection is noteworthy, some more so than others, but all are good. Lawson had sampled an eclectic variety of potential careers, until she found her niche in writing fiction. She is remarkably proficient at developing pragmatic and intriguing histories for the characters in each story, thereby adding an additional element of realism and authenticity to the whole. This proficiency undoubtedly results from her diverse background. She also has an aptitude for ending her stories with an unexpected twist. Her prodigious ability to merge each of these talents into a short story is nothing short of astonishing; it would ordinarily seem to require a much longer narrative for most authors to develop this much depth in their stories. “False Shadows” is a collection of short stories you will not want to miss. Each tale in the collection is worth the time you will spend for it.