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From Sherlock Holmes to Sue Grafton. Here's a chance for mystery lovers to find out what they know! Quizzes on the work of a single author will be found under that author's name.   

There are 79 quizzes and 790 trivia questions in this category.
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Explore Mystery & Detective Fiction Quiz Sub-Categories:
category Armstrong, Kelley category Auster, Paul
category Block, Lawrence category Braun, Lilian Jackson
category Butcher, Jim category Child, Lee
category Christie, Agatha category Clark, Mary Higgins
category Cole, Martina category Collins, Wilkie
category Connelly, Michael category Connolly, John
category Cornwell, Patricia category Crusie, Jennifer
category Davis, Lindsey category Deaver, Jeffery
category Dekker, Ted category Donaldson, Stephen
category Doyle, Arthur Conan category Dunnett, Dorothy
category Evanovich, Janet category Fforde, Jasper
folder Fictional Detectives (35 quizzes) category Finney, Patricia
category Francis, Dick category Fredman, Shelly
category Gardner, Erle Stanley category George, Elizabeth
category Gerritsen, Tess category Grafton, Sue
category Hammett, Dashiell category Harris, Charlaine
category Hiaasen, Carl category Johansen, Iris
category Kellerman, Jonathan and Faye category King, Laurie R
category Landy, Derek category Larsson, Stieg
category McBain, Ed category McDonald, Gregory
category Nixon, Joan Lowery category Parker, Robert B
category Patterson, James category Perry, Anne
category Peters, Elizabeth category Peters, Ellis
category Preston, Douglas/Child, Lincoln category Queen, Ellery
category Rankin, Ian category Rendell, Ruth
category Robb, J. D. category Roberts, Wendy
category Robeson, Kenneth (Doc Savage) category Sandford, John
category Sayers, Dorothy L. category Scottoline, Lisa
category Slaughter, Karin category Stout, Rex (Nero Wolfe)
category The Lady Grace Mysteries category Westlake, Donald E
category White, T.H.
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Absolute Beginners

A general mix of worldwide literary sleuths. Some old, some new. Some well known, others not so. The common link is that each question relates to their first appearance in print; the absolute beginning you might say.
Difficult (10 qns)
Aussiedrongo
1461 plays
2
History of the Detective-novel

One of the few genres in Literature that doesn't date back to 'Olden Times' is definitely the detective story. Yet it has by now developed its own traditions, its own who is who, and its own milestone events. That's what this quiz tries to deal with.
Tough (10 qns)
flem-ish
4203 plays
3
Whodunnit?

I'll admit I know close to nothing about detective novels. So I'll take the opportunity to write a quiz for everyone sharing in my pain. Just match the author to the detective - even the crime story averse reader should manage that!
Easy (10 qns)
WesleyCrusher
Mar 06 17
519 plays
4
Mystery Mistresses

Here is a quiz on female mystery authors and their protagonists. Let those little grey cells do the work. Have fun. You might want to take note of some authors to read.
Average (10 qns)
JanIQ
618 plays
5
Crime Does Pay (for These Authors Anyway)!

A history of the crime novel (1840 - 1940). The crime novel first became recognised as a distinct genre in the 19th century. This quiz explores the development of this literary form and investigates the specialist writers in the first 100 years.
Tough (10 qns)
bracklaman
678 plays
6
Sidekicks and Henchmen

Fictional detectives often have a sidekick - a chronicler, a henchman, a cat's paw. See how many you can identify.
Average (10 qns)
agony
852 plays
7
It's a Mystery to Me!

The Llama Book Club decided it was time to delve into some mysteries, and of course everyone has their favorites! Can you figure out which mystery novel is each Llama's favorite from the facts they divulge?
Average (10 qns)
kaddarsgirl
702 plays
8
Scandinavian Crime

A genre that I have recently fallen in love with.
Tough (10 qns)
mega44
126 plays
9
Mystery cats

Many people think cats are mysterious. They're also featured in many mysteries!
Tough (10 qns)
catamount
516 plays
10
Crime at Christmas

Ah, Christmas, a time of peace on earth and goodwill to all men, unless you are one of our favourite literary sleuths that is! Only very minor spoilers.
Average (10 qns)
candy-pop
Jul 17 16
336 plays
11
Finding My Way Back Home #2

Match each literary detective with the place you'd be most likely to find him or her.
Average (10 qns)
chicagojanet
May 23 16
282 plays
12
Dog Detectives

Hounds, retrievers, and the little dogs burglars fear most, because they trip over them in the dark and break a leg.
Tough (10 qns)
catamount
1980 plays
13
Not Just Robots and Spaceships

Science fiction novels can cross most any other genre of literature. Here are ten that can also be classed as mystery and/or detective novels.
Tough (10 qns)
mlcmlc
228 plays
14
From Page to Screen

Many works of mystery and detective fiction have had TV series and movies made about them. Here are a few of the most popular.
Average (10 qns)
boof123
486 plays
15
Who Wrote Them? Crime

Hope you enjoy this quiz, I welcome feedback.
Average (10 qns)
mash_freak
1737 plays
16
Mayhem and Murder in Florida

Florida is an attractive location for mystery fiction of all sorts, from John D. Macdonald to Carl Hiaasen.
Tough (15 qns)
agony
663 plays
17
Cooking Up a Suspense Story

There are certain elements, or ingredients that go into the making of a well-done suspense, mystery or detective story. These authors have proven they can cook up a good read.
Tough (10 qns)
57wordsmith
696 plays
18
Mystery Fiction With a Sense of Humour

There's a tradition in mystery fiction of mean streets, pain, and violence, but there's another tradition that doesn't take itself quite so seriously....
Tough (15 qns)
agony
1092 plays
19
Edgar Award Winning Authors

The Edgar Award for Best First Novel is given by the Mystery Writers of America. This is about books by 10 of the winners over the years.
Tough (10 qns)
festus67
579 plays
20
American Crime Fiction

My favourite literary genre is Crime Fiction. Many of the finest examples of this genre have come from America. Here are just a few of my favourite crime writers and the characters they have created.
Average (10 qns)
Coriolanus
405 plays
21
Murder They Wrote

Crime fiction has been one of the most popular of all literature genres for hundreds of years. Many famous characters have been created over those years. How many of the men and women behind them can you identify?
Tough (10 qns)
darksplash
1074 plays
22
Murder in Fiction

Be it bleak sociorealism or suggestive horror, works of fiction are flooded with murder. Test your knowledge of mortal crime on paper.
Difficult (10 qns)
gunstone
996 plays
23
Mystery Writers

Mystery fans will recognize many of these authors--and perhaps discover some new ones.
Average (10 qns)
stardust587
3633 plays
24
Mystery And Science Fiction Writers

I'm taking notice of some of the famous writers of mystery and science fiction.
Average (10 qns)
robert362
3324 plays
25
Killed - HOW ?

Fictional murderers sometimes chose the most bizarre weapons! Does your imagination stretch this far?
Tough (10 qns)
balaton
291 plays
26
Literary Murder

Here's a look at murder in literature: plays, novels and short stories.
Tough (10 qns)
robert362
2523 plays
27
Characters In Current Works Of Fiction

I have a feeling that many Fun Trivia players love to read. Creating memorable characters is an art. This quiz tests your knowledge of memorable characters in current fictional writing, mostly in the mystery genre.
Average (10 qns)
RandeeOz
327 plays
28
Black Heart of Crime

Each question is about a mystery/detective novel with the word "black" in the title.
Average (10 qns)
sanremo
213 plays
29
You Too Can Be an Armchair Detective!

An armchair detective is someone who reads mysteries in their recliner. To be an armchair detective, you have to answer questions on these mystery and detective novels.
Tough (10 qns)
pennie1478
387 plays
30
So, Who Done It?

Don't play this game if you don't want the endings to great mysteries given away! But if you've already read all the good ones, come on in! (*WARNING - SPOILERS*)
Tough (10 qns)
astorian
951 plays
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