August 2022 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Fame, Fortune, and Misfortune In the 1970s, he was the most popular read and critically acclaimed novelist. Literary critics considered him the heir apparent to Dashiell Hammett (1894-1961) and Raymond Chandler (1888-1959) and critics included him in the...

June 2022 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Imposing Order on a Chaotic World This award-winning, best-selling author gravitated toward crime writing because of certain events she experienced as a child and young adult. For example: Her dentist shot and killed his wife and child… A favorite high...

May 2022 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Before There was Stephen King…There was… You may not know this author’s name, but you’ll certainly recognize his works. He only wrote seven novels, and they were all made into films. He wrote tense, taut plots in multiple genres including...

April 2022 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor She created the first Black female amateur sleuth The first published African American mystery is credited to Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930). She was an African American journalist, playwright, historian, and novelist. Born in Portland, Maine, she wrote four...

March 2022 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor The Rage of a Writer If you stopped to chat with this famous author on the street, you might decide he had few redeeming qualities and keep walking. And you might, on second thought, think that with his sketchy past, he was a lost cause. Just look at his...

January 2022 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor The Nightmare Life of William Lindsay Gresham At the end of 2021, a disturbing film was released to the public. Tagged as a neo-noir psychological thriller and directed by Guillermo del Toro, it quickly won nine major awards and received forty-two...