February 2021 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor The Inventor of the American Police Procedural and More Salvatore Albert Lombino (1926-2005) was born in East Harlem, New York, the son of a postal worker. He served as a radar man on a destroyer in the Pacific after World War II and to avoid boredom...

January 2021 Mystery Minute

by ZJ Czupor Detective Couples Who Do It—Solve Crimes, That Is There are many versions of crime-solving couples in novels. We’ve become well acquainted with the likes of Holmes and Watson, Batman and Robin, or spinsters with their too smart cats, working in...

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...