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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 77 quizzes and 800 trivia questions in this category.
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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.
31
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
471 plays
32
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
657 plays
33
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
690 plays
34
Where Can I Find A Detective?

In which city, or at which address, would you find these famous fictional detectives?
Tough (15 qns)
agony
1317 plays
35
Fictional Detectives - Part 3

Part 3 of a series of quizzes about fictional detectives from all over the world. This part, focusing on detectives and authors from the UK and Canada, was created by agony and mnbates.
Average (10 qns)
agony
825 plays
36
Mystery Character Creators: the Sequel

Just like the first one: name the author who created the sleuth.
Average (10 qns)
JohntheBear
999 plays
37
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
1083 plays
38
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
573 plays
39
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
402 plays
40
He Always Gets His Man...or Woman

This is a follow-up to a quiz I created about fictional female detectives. I'll give you the name of the male detective and you correctly match him with the author who created him.
Average (10 qns)
nmerr
522 plays
41
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
1071 plays
42
Saintly Sleuths

Many fictional detectives have a clerical background. No wonder, it's good against evil! I'll tell you about the detective and you'll give me the name of his/her creator.
Tough (10 qns)
Catamount
384 plays
43
Name The Detective's Creator

I name the detectives and you name the writers. Some modern some not so modern. Enjoy.
Average (15 qns)
pippa_sue
3744 plays
44
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
45
Mystery Writers

Mystery fans will recognize many of these authors--and perhaps discover some new ones.
Average (10 qns)
stardust587
3615 plays
46
Mystery And Science Fiction Writers

I'm taking notice of some of the famous writers of mystery and science fiction.
Average (10 qns)
robert362
3195 plays
47
Fictional Detectives in Literature

Here's my first in a series of quizzes on fictional detectives. First up, those in books, pulps, and other literature.
Tough (10 qns)
vig407
579 plays
48
Killed - HOW ?

Fictional murderers sometimes chose the most bizarre weapons! Does your imagination stretch this far?
Tough (10 qns)
balaton
285 plays
49
Literary Murder

Here's a look at murder in literature: plays, novels and short stories.
Tough (10 qns)
robert362
2520 plays
50
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
318 plays
51
Fictional Detectives - Part 2

This is the second of two quizzes on 20th century detective fiction; this part covers the more recent detectives. This is also a collaboration between austinnene and mnbates - Part 1 can be found under austinnene's name.
Tough (10 qns)
mnbates
951 plays
52
Black Heart of Crime

Each question is about a mystery/detective novel with the word "black" in the title.
Tough (10 qns)
sanremo
207 plays
53
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
381 plays
54
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
948 plays
55
International Detectives

The success of detective books and TV series that are set outside the U.S. has prompted a heightened interest in these mysteries.
Difficult (10 qns)
itsgood10
351 plays
56
Other Characters of Detective Fiction

This quiz is about identifying those recurring characters in some of my favorite works of mystery fiction. I hope you'll enjoy this quiz.
Tough (10 qns)
JoshCaleb12
711 plays
57
Detectives and their creators 1

I will name the fictional detective and give you a choice of creators.
Average (10 qns)
mnbates
1266 plays
58
Detecting Sidekicks

As long as there have been superb sleuths efficiently determining "who dunnit" there have been loyal partners in crime solving. This quiz gives you the author and recurring main character. Identify the sidekick in the multiple choice selections.
Tough (10 qns)
Tredici
711 plays
59
Murder Most Fowl

Ten questions centering on mystery novels or movies.
Tough (10 qns)
professorjon
912 plays
60
Hard-Boiled Lit

The film noir genre of the 40's owes to the hard-boiled stories that began in the pulps of the 20' and 30's. They were tough, brooding tales of crime in the mean streets of asphalt jungles. See how much you know of them.
Difficult (10 qns)
tjoebigham
618 plays
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