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It's a Mystery is a blog about the Mystery genre and its many subgenres.

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American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin
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Snobs by Julian Fellowes

Transit of Venus: What We Saw

The public viewing and celebration of the transit of Venus --the rare astronomical event in which planet Venus is seen crossing the face of the Sun-- was a tremendous hit at Edgewater Beach State Park in Cleveland the evening of June 5. Public interest in the transit was, to this observer, surprisingly high. Those who looked through solar-safe telescopes at our nearest star, by and large, excitedly marveled at what they saw. After all, how often do most folks get to see what the Sun really looks like? Obligatory reminder: Improperly viewing the Sun can result in instantaneous and permanent eye damage!

The Sports Section - Tennis Anyone?

We're nearing the halfway point of this year's major tennis tournament season with an international field of top-ranked players.  For the men the top five are Novak Djokovic (Serbia), Rafael Nadal (Spain), Roger Federer (Switzerland), Andy Murray (Great Britain), and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France).  On the ladies' side the best of the best are Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), and Serena Williams (USA).

Venus Crosses Sun: June 5

Photo: 2004 Transit of Venus. Credit: SOHO/EIT/ESA/NASAObservers on the North Coast are well-positioned to see the last transit of Venus in our lifetimes on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. A transit of Venus occurs when that planet crosses (transits) the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth.  The event is rare indeed, with the next transit taking place in the year 2117 -- and then not visible from Northeastern Ohio!

UPDATE: CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT WE SAW!

It's a Mystery 5/15/2012

The Sports Section: The Run for the Roses

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If it's the first Saturday in May, it has to be the running of the Kentucky Derby.  And to make it even more exciting this year, the classic horse race falls on May 5 - the day of celebration known as Cinco de Mayo.  The 138th running of the "greatest two minutes in sports" takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, and is the first leg of racing's Triple Crown.  The Preakness follows two weeks after the Derby at the Pimlico Race Track in Maryland and the Belmont Stakes, in New York, are 3 weeks after that, the last and longest of the three races.  The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

Animal Kingdom was the 2011 winner of the Kentucky Derby, ridden by John Velaquez (his first derby win).  An attendance record was set last year, with 164,858 race fans on hand to catch the Run for the Roses.

Who Are You Really? The Psychology, Philosophy, and Science of Human Consciousness

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The Sports Section - PLAY BALL!

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Spring has truly sprung this year.  And what is more a sign of spring than that (un)official Cleveland holiday, the Indians' Home Opener?  Cleveland's big day begins on Thursday, April 5 at 3:05 pm when the Tribe takes on the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field.  The scheduled starting pitcher for the Indians is right-hander Justin Masterson.

The first scheduled MLB game is on Wednesday, April 4, featuring the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals playing the Miami (formerly Florida) Marlins.  The 7:05 pm game marks the beginning of the 2012 season and will be played in Marlins Park, the new home of the Miami team.  Also new this year in Miami is manager Ozzie Guillen, formerly of the Chicago White Sox.

From Dover to Market

According to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, a web based historical resource operated and maintained by Case Western Reserve University, the public market as an institution in Cleveland started as early as 1829. That year, stalls were auctioned off to farmers and merchants on the South side of Public Square on Ontario Street.

It's a Mystery 3/20/2012