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From Sherlock Holmes to Sue Grafton. Here's a chance for mystery lovers to find out what they know!

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category Block, Lawrence category Braun, Lilian Jackson
category Child, Lee category Christie, Agatha
category Clark, Mary Higgins category Connelly, Michael
category Connolly, John category Cornwell, Patricia
category Crusie, Jennifer category Davis, Lindsey
category Deaver, Jeffery category Doyle, Arthur Conan
category Evanovich, Janet category Francis, Dick
category Fredman, Shelly category Gardner, Erle Stanley
category George, Elizabeth category Gerritsen, Tess
category Grafton, Sue category Hammett, Dashiell
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 Rankin, Ian
category Rendell, Ruth category Robb, J. D.
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.
Editors: agony, MotherGoose, LeoDaVinci, looney_tunes Quiz Search:
1 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 Q
Aussiedrongo
Feb 13 13
1230 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 Q
flem-ish
Aug 09 01
3984 plays
3 Sherlock Holmes versus Hercule Poirot
This quiz was inspired by the thread in the Book Corner forum and compares Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective, Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot.
Average
10 Q
MotherGoose
May 16 04
3741 plays
4 Holmes and Poirot
Agatha Christie's "Hercule Poirot" and Sir Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" are two of the greatest fictional detectives. This quiz has ten questions on some common features and plots of the Poirot and Holmes novels.
Difficult
10 Q
deepakmr
May 20 08
1035 plays
5 Our Far-Flung Detectives
Fictional detectives can be found in the oddest places and times. Come along and explore!
Average
10 Q
ertrum
Nov 15 07
741 plays
6 Detectives in Love
Fictional sleuths are mostly shown as detached loners, or as going through women like a hot knife through butter. However, some detectives do find love...
Tough
10 Q
agony
Aug 16 07
1275 plays
7 Literary Detectives--Odd Man (or Woman) Out
Sleuth-hounds, private dicks, cops, shamuses and armchair detectives--they're some of the most fascinating creations in literature. And they're all here, in various groupings. See if you can determine which 'tec doesn't belong.
Tough
10 Q
john_sunseri
Oct 19 09
582 plays
8 It's a Mystery to Me!
Team quiz by Revenge of the Llamas
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 Q
kaddarsgirl
Mar 20 14
576 plays
9 What's My Ride?
Many mystery authors have a lot to tell us about their detectives' vehicles. See if you can match the P.I. to the car.
Average
10 Q
agony
Nov 03 09
762 plays
10 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 Q
JanIQ
Jun 27 10
501 plays
11 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 Q
agony
Oct 24 10
696 plays
12 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 Q
bracklaman
Apr 08 08
606 plays
13 Fictional Detectives, Part 1
This is the first of two quizzes on 20th century detective fiction; this part covers the earlier detectives. This is also a collaboration between austinnene and mnbates - Part 2 can be found under mnbates' name.
Tough
10 Q
austinnene
Dec 17 07
981 plays
14 She Always Gets Her Man... or Woman!
The following quiz is all about fictional female detectives. I'll give you the name of the detective and you correctly match her with the author who created her.
Average
10 Q
nmerr
Nov 07 09
663 plays
15 It's a Mystery to Me-Authors & Their Crimefighters
Part of the enjoyment of reading is familiarity with the characters. The following have appeared in numerous novels by the same author...can you name the creator or creations of these crime-fighters and crime writers?
Average
15 Q
paulmallon
Dec 31 11
549 plays
16 Heroes and Heroines
Many writers have a hero or heroine who appears in a series of books. This quiz is about them. All of these questions, incidentally, are based on authors whom I personally would recommend.
Tough
10 Q
Nodragon
Mar 08 09
594 plays
17 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 Q
catamount
May 11 04
1917 plays
18 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 Q
boof123
Apr 03 14
363 plays
19 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 Q
agony
Apr 20 03
588 plays
20 Mystery Character Creators
Mystery fans should find this mildly puzzling. I provide the sleuth, you pick the author.
Average
10 Q
JohntheBear
Nov 24 06
1404 plays
21 Academic, Gentlemen and Amateur Sleuths
This quiz highlights the so-called "Golden Age" of the detective novel in English Literature by examining the fictional careers of some academic, gentlemanly and amateur sleuths created in the 1930s and beyond.
Tough
10 Q
bracklaman
Sep 29 04
678 plays
22 Women in mystery fiction
Here are ten women sleuths. Do you know the author who created them? Good luck!
Average
10 Q
minch
May 27 00
3543 plays
23 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 Q
darksplash
Apr 08 08
1011 plays
24 Mystery cats
Many people think cats are mysterious. They're also featured in many mysteries!
Tough
10 Q
catamount
May 02 04
480 plays
25 Fictional Detectives
How well do you know your fictional detectives? I'll give you the detective's name and you provide the name of the author.
Easy
10 Q
lovesmoodies
Jul 23 02
4311 plays
26 Who Wrote Them? Crime
Hope you enjoy this quiz, I welcome feedback.
Average
10 Q
mash_freak
Feb 11 08
1431 plays
27 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 Q
mlcmlc
May 17 14
207 plays
28 Where Can I Find A Detective?
In which city, or at which address, would you find these famous fictional detectives?
Tough
15 Q
agony
Apr 09 04
1206 plays
29 Mystery Character Creators: the Sequel
Just like the first one: name the author who created the sleuth.
Average
10 Q
JohntheBear
Nov 27 06
936 plays
30 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 Q
57wordsmith
Jul 19 05
663 plays
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Last Updated Nov 08 14 4:27 AM


Some sample questions from this category:

* Who created fictional detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple?
* Who has written several mysteries set in the fictional town of Maggody, Arkansas?
* Who wrote "The Maltese Falcon"?
* Literary critic Carolyn Heilbrun is also a mystery writer. What is her pen name?
* Who created fictional lawyer Perry Mason?


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