ZJ CZUPOR’S MYSTERY MINUTE

A Thumb Print and What Came of It In America, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, (Mark Twain, 1835-1910), was the first to introduce fingerprinting into fiction. In his memoir, Life on the Mississippi, he wrote a chapter entitled, “A Thumb Print and What Came of it.” (James R. Osgood & Co.,1883). Twain...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

Doppelgänger: Myth, Literary Device, or the Real Deal? Unless you are 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 spirit? When a carbon copy character emerges in...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by Z.J. Czupor He Did it For the MoneyIn 1920, he was born to poor, illiterate Italian immigrants in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. At the age of 12, he dropped out of school to get a job after his father deserted the family. He worked as a railroad switchboard attendant to help...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by Z.J. CzuporJust the Facts Ma'am: The Story of Badge 714Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent.That famous opening line belongs to Dragnet, one of the most popular and influential police procedural dramas in...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by ZJ CzuporTHE ART OF THE RED HERRING“Four little Indian boys going out to sea; a red herring swallowed one and then there were three.”The above is the seventh stanza from a longer American nursery rhyme, “Ten Little Indians,” (1869). The entire rhyme is written as the epigraph to...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

by ZJ CzuporTHROUGH A GLASS, DARKLYThis famous line, "Through a Glass, Darkly," has a storied past in ancient and modern literature, film, poetry, and music. But it wasn't until author, editor, publisher and agent Helen McCloy borrowed the title for her 1950 novel that it became recognized as a...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

ZJ Czupor is an award-winning writer. His current novel, Cut Right Through Me, is seeking representation. He is vice president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and writes a monthly column, “The Mystery Minute.” He also co-chairs Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer’s...

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MYSTERY MINUTE GOES ROGUE

Rogue Readers, you are in for a real treat! Starting this Tuesday, ZJ Czupor Goes Rogue. He will be bringing us one of his famous Mystery Minutes on Tuesday every 5 weeks. Sometimes funny, ALWAYS interesting, these short write ups give us a view into the history of crime novels and the lives of...

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