Too Beautiful To Die
Myth and Memory
Glenville - photo by Judy Lawne

Glenville Lovell is the author of four novels, several short stories and a number of prize-winning plays.

In 1995, his first novel, Fire in the Canes, was published by Soho Press to wide acclaim, as was his second novel, Song of Night, published in 1998.

Too Beautiful To Die, published by Putnam, introduced volatile black ex-cop Blades Overstreet as a new though somewhat reluctant hero, and garnered praise and comparisons to some of the most illustrious names in the mystery/thriller genre. This was followed by Love and Death in Brooklyn. Both novels, set in New York, are also available for electronic download at Amazon and other online sites. Mr. Lovell won the 2002 Frank Collymore Literary Award for his play Mango Ripe! Mango Sweet! In 2008, his play Going for Love played to standing room only at CARIFESTA X (Caribbean Festival of Arts), in Guyana.

Having toured the globe as a dancer before he became a writer, Glenville sometimes resorts to music and choreography to help understand and develop his characters.

Born in a chattel house in Parish Land, Christ Church, a village on the island of Barbados, he grew up surrounded by sugar cane, shadows and word-magicians. With storytelling all around him: in kitchens, under flamboyant trees at night, in rum shops, he spent as much time picking dunks and golden apples from his backyard as he did "pickin' words from big-people mouths," as his grandmother used to say. Many of these stories turned up in his first novel Fire in the Canes. Glenville now lives in New York and is currently working on a new Blades Overstreet book and another novel set in Barbados.

He wants to say thanks to all those who continue to support him, especially the Caribbean massive everywhere, and to all Bajans who share the pride: Large up wunna self!

Advance Praise for Too Beautiful To Die

"Lovell has concocted a literate mystery that reminds the reader of the best of Cain, Hammett, Chandler and James Lee Burke, sleuthing rendered with wit, imagination and a
Caribbean flair."

-Black Issues Book Review

"...this is stylish entertainment, featuring a�
vulnerable protagonist with a volatile temper and a tortured personal life."


"Glenville Lovell's taut, action-filled mystery
Too Beautiful To Die is one of those rare page-turners with emotional grip and lyrical range. The sharp dialogue and its darkly charismatic hero will be a treat to readers looking for something new from a fresh voice. Smart, vivid, and beautifully crafted, it will keep readers guessing until the end."

-Tananarive Due, author of My Soul to Keep and The Living Blood

"More than just a mystery. Gives life and depth to Brooklyn, a voice to Caribbean rhythms and
migration. Brings energy and vitality to the
African-American mystery genre."

-Eleanor Taylor Bland, author of Windy City Dying


Photos by Judy Lawne © 2003

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