Check out Some of our Articles

April 2019 Mystery Minute

The Butler Did It By ZJ Czupor Tonight, we’ll examine the origins of the phrase, “the butler did it.” But first, let’s consider Arthur Conan Doyle’s (1859 – 1930) “The Musgrave Ritual” an 1893 detective story from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Though the butler was...

read more

March 2019 Mystery Minute

Writing the Hardy Boys series was “hack work” By ZJ Czupor After he graduated from high school in Haileybury, Ontario, Leslie McFarlane (1902 – 1977), spent the next fifty years as a writer. He produced hundreds of short stories for pulp magazines, novellas and...

read more

February 2019 Mystery Minute

Sweetheart Sleuths: A Valentine’s Mystery Minute By ZJ Czupor Feb. 14, 2019 The “mistress of mystery” Janet Rudolph blogging in “Mystery Fanfare” (Feb. 11, 2019), claims there are roughly eighty authors who’ve written about “sweetheart sleuths,” couples who either...

read more

2018 RMMWA SIX-WORD MYSTERY CONTEST

Congratulations to this year’s Finalists and Winners! The Overall Contest Winner is: She took his name. For starters.  (Matthew Porter) Category Finalists and Winners are listed below: ** designates category winners. COZY **Auntie’s needles were not for knitting. ...

read more

January 2019 Mystery Minute

A MYSTERY MINUTE By ZJ Czupor And They Were Spies In a sense all mystery writers function as spies. We observe people around us, we study character types, we create plots and then we uncover them. Even the most boring luncheons can be fodder for our craft. I think...

read more

Mystery Minute

A MYSTERY MINUTE By ZJ Czupor Forensic linguistics reveals identity of famous author Forensic linguistics is an investigative technique which helps experts determine authorship by identifying quirks in a writer’s style. Thanks to advances in computer technology,...

read more

October 2018 Mystery Minute

An Operatic Mystery of Mass Murder Jeffrey A. Lockwood  Consider that: mysteries are an extremely potent form of storytelling; opera is a powerful means of dramatic expression; and science is in desperate need of connecting with the public.  So, what could...

read more

New Release: THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION by Cynthia Kuhn

English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical. But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling...

read more

Presentation: Fleur Bradley

Fleur (F.T.) Bradley will be presenting at Educator Night for current school teachers, librarians and school administrators in the Denver Metro area involved in literacy. Venue: Tattered Cover Aspen Grove (Sept. 5) and Tattered Cover Colfax (Sept. 6). Registration...

read more

Sale: The Dead Girl in 2A by Carter Wilson

Carter Wilson is excited to announce the sale of his next psychological thriller, The Dead Girl in 2A, to Sourcebooks. Look for it late-summer 2019. Carter will also be teaching two upcoming classes at the Boulder Writing Studio. Writing Thrillers will take place on...

read more