December 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Don’t Gobblefunk Around With Words Children who grew up on this author’s books continue to visit his grave in England and in a show of respect leave toys and flowers. When he died, he was mourned the world over. He was a British novelist,...

November 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor A Mystery Within a Mystery In the canon of mystery novels lies an unfinished but published mystery—the last written by an iconic author—and the mystery is still waiting to be solved. American librarian and author Edmund Pearson (1880-1937) called it...

October 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor The Tumultuous Life of an American Literary Icon: Shirley Jackson With the approach of Halloween, I thought we should explore the tumultuous life of mystery and horror author Shirley Jackson and two of her most notable and terrifying works—”The...

September 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor A Curious Incident In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, published in 1893, is a short story “The Adventure of Silver Blaze” in which an unusual line of dialogue becomes the title of a best-selling mystery published...

August 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Check in. Relax. Take a Shower. One of the most iconic and terrifying murder scenes in film history takes place in a shower, at the Bates Motel. The scene I’m referring to, of course, is from the film, Psycho, directed by Alfred Hitchcock with...

July 2020 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Doppelgänger: Myth, Literary Device, or the Real Deal?   Unless you’re an identical twin, would it unnerve you to bump into your dead ringer…your doppelgänger? Would your lookalike be your exact double, your evil twin, or just a mischievous...