Mystery Notes for Novels

Hide clues in description or lists by placing them in the middle of the description or list – not first or last.

The Russians had a discrete way of identifying American document. The staples used to hold documents together were much better than the ones used in Russian documents. Using different sized staples or different kinds can be a great clue in a mystery. Works the same for paper clips.

Military Terms – good clues to a person’s identity. Oxygen thief – talks too much, skate – avoids work and doesn’t do much, grab some real estate – hit the ground, soup sandwich – sloppy dresser

Collecting DNA – spit – drinking from a cup or a bottle, blowing one’s nose, an old bandage, underneath fingernails of victim, hair, DNA genealogy websites, fingernails and toenails, chewing gum, cigarettes, urine and feces

Cars – tail lights often have distinctive patterns, look for decals and special license plates, dents or broken lights, colors are often confused (dark blue, dark grey, black / burgundy, red)

Tape – tape that has a print or design on it. Band aids with special designs such as Peanuts or Publix.

Creams and lotions – texture and color, not chemical formula although some chemicals can be detected.

Stickers such as return address labels and commemorative stamps.

People hide details such as building layouts, numbers, etc. in drawing of butterflies or rock formations. Also use a foreign language such as Japanese and hide the characters in the drawings.

Fentanyl – prescription medicine that can cause death in people with breathing problems (asthma), heart conditions, mixed with alcohol consumption, liver or kidney problems. Side effects – headache, dizziness, drowsiness, tired, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain. It is 80-100 times more powerful than morphine. Often added to heroin to increase the high. Primarily manufactured in Mexico. Street names – Apace, China girl, China town, China white, dance fever, goodfellas, great bear, he-man, poison, tango & cash