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Mysteries and Detective Stories

A quiz about fictional detectives, mystery stories and their writers 20 Questions.

 
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1

Match the fictional detective to the author

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Left

  • Detective Inspector Frost
  • Chief Inspector Morse
  • Commander Adam Dalgliesh
  • Chief Inspector Wexford

Right

  • R.D. Wingfield
  • P.D. James
  • Ruth Rendell
  • Colin Dexter

2

Match the detective to the assistant

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Left

  • D.C.I. Morse
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • D.C.I. Reg Wexford
  • Hercule Poirot

Right

  • D.I. Mike Burden
  • Sgt. Lewis
  • Dr Watson
  • Captain Hastings

3

Which well-known science fiction author wrote the mystery "A Whiff of Death"?

  • Arthur C Clarke
  • Issac Asimov
  • Robert A Heinlein

4

Another science fiction detective - "Gil the Arm." Can you name the writer?

  • Larry Niven
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Poul Anderson

5

Morse's first name remained secret until penultimate appearance in "Death is Now My Neighbour." What is it?

  • Ernest
  • Endeavour
  • Emanuel

6

Place the mystery writers in order of their birth, earliest first.

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  • P.D. James
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Dame Agatha Christie
  • Ruth Rendell

7

Which of the following actors have not played Hercule Poirot?

  • Peter Ustinov
  • Albert Finney
  • Basil Rathbone

8

Cordelia Gray is another fictional detective from which author?

  • P.D. James
  • Ruth Rendell
  • R.D. Wingfield

9

Adam Dalgleish first appeared in which novel?

  • A Mind to Murder
  • Shroud for a Nightingale
  • Cover Her Face

10

Place the following Inspector Wexford novels in order of publication, starting with the earliest

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  • A Sleeping Life
  • Kissing the Gunner's Daughter
  • The Babes in the Wood
  • A Guilty Thing Surprised

11

DI Frost's superior officer is Superintendent Mullett. What is Frost's nickname for this officer?

  • "Fish Face"
  • "The Grey Mullet"
  • "Horn-rimmed Harry"

12

PC Jim Carver appeared in which long-running police drama?

  • Midsomer Murders
  • The Sweeney
  • The Bill

13

Conan Doyle wrote how many novels and short stories that feature Holmes. ?

  • Four novels and fifty-six short stories
  • Five novels, forty-nine short stories
  • Three novels, fifty-eight short stories

14

Match the detective to the book/story

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Left

  • The Riddle of the Third Mile
  • Widows and Orphans
  • Nemesis
  • The Five Orange Pips

Right

  • Holmes
  • Frost
  • Morse
  • Miss Marple

15

DI Frost received which award for bravery?

  • George Medal
  • George Cross
  • Victoria Cross

16

Adam Dalgliesh has appeared in how many novels?

  • 12
  • 13
  • 14

17

Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe is the creation of which writer?

  • Ellery Queen
  • John D. MacDonald
  • W. J. Burley

18

The final Morse novel?

  • The Remorseful Day
  • The Daughters of Cain
  • Death is Now My Neighbour

19

Jessica Fletcher is the subject of which well-known TV series?

  • Midsomer Murders
  • Murder, She Wrote
  • Prime Suspect

20

DCI Jane Tennison is the creation of which writer?

  • Helen Mirren
  • Lynda La Plante
  • Caroline Hayes

 

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