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Fact or fiction, supernatural or true crime, buried treasure or state secrets, I love a mystery.  In this blog fans and practitioners of the genre will find a timeline of the history of crime and detection, law enforcement, the legal and penal systems, books and movies, forensics, communications and transportation, political treachery, famous gems and archaeological artifacts, etc. In short, all the things that contribute in any way to the stories that delight armchair sleuths.

I hope people will find this blog useful as a reference tool to fight anachronisms in fiction, as a source of writer’s prompts, to find entertainment, to question human nature, and to settle bar bets.

Please note that all work on this site is my own unless otherwise noted, and may not be used without my express written permission.  Thank you!

Jane Lenz Elder