Mystery  Detective Fiction Quizzes, Trivia and Puzzles
Mystery  Detective Fiction Quizzes, Trivia

Mystery & Detective Fiction Trivia Quizzes

  1. Home
  2. »
  3. Quizzes
  4. »
  5. Literature Trivia
  6. »

Fun Trivia
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.
94 quizzes and 1,316 trivia questions.
Fictional Detectives Fictional Detectives (43 quizzes)
  Detecting Sidekicks - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Aug 09 10
797 plays
  Sorting Golden Age! best quiz - 15 questions - 3 mins
Sort these titles by which Golden Age of Detective Fiction author wrote them - Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers, or Ngaio Marsh.
Easier, 15 Qns, agony, Feb 02 22
agony editor
Feb 02 22
257 plays
  Whodunnit? top quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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!
Easier, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Mar 06 17
WesleyCrusher editor
Mar 06 17
1993 plays
  Absolute Beginners editor best quiz best quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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.
Tough, 10 Qns, Aussiedrongo, Feb 13 13
1909 plays
  Mystery Match great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Match the subgenre of the mystery novel to its characterstics.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 09 20
Joepetz gold member
May 09 20
260 plays
  Mystery Mistresses great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Sep 27 15
JanIQ gold member
811 plays
  It's a Mystery to Me! popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jan 01 21
kaddarsgirl gold member
Jan 01 21
1177 plays
  The Cat Who Caught the Canary - 10 questions - 3 mins
The title of this quiz sounds like a mystery novel, doesn't it? That's what this quiz is about. See if you can put together the title of these famous detective novels. Each one has an animal's name included. Good luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, PootyPootwell, Jan 27 19
PootyPootwell gold member
Jan 27 19
454 plays
  It Wasn't Me popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 7 mins
Listen to ten famous literary detectives as they describe some of their most famous cases. You need to pick the mystery that they are NOT describing. The correct answer will always be a mystery solved by another detective.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, May 29 21
Joepetz gold member
May 29 21
387 plays
  Crime at Christmas popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Feb 13 22
Feb 13 22
511 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Donna Leon lives in the European city where her protagonist works as detective commissioner. Where is her protagonist employed?

From Quiz "Mystery Mistresses"

  History of the Detective Novel editor best quiz great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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.
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Nov 12 22
Nov 12 22
4669 plays
  Sidekicks and Henchmen great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Fictional detectives often have a sidekick - a chronicler, a henchman, a cat's paw. See how many you can identify.
Average, 10 Qns, agony, Nov 03 10
agony editor
1353 plays
  Who Wrote Them? Crime popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Hope you enjoy this quiz, I welcome feedback.
Average, 10 Qns, mash_freak, Oct 23 18
Oct 23 18
2017 plays
  Finding My Way Back Home #2 popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
Match each literary detective with the place you'd be most likely to find him or her.
Average, 10 Qns, chicagojanet, May 26 16
May 26 16
390 plays
  The Ten Commandments of Mystery Writing - 10 questions - 5 mins
Father Ronald Knox was a Catholic priest and mystery writer during the Golden Age (1920s and 30s). He developed Ten Commandments for the genre. How much do you know about these golden rules?
Tough, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Apr 01 20
Joepetz gold member
Apr 01 20
202 plays
  Murder They Wrote popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Sep 30 15
darksplash gold member
1199 plays
  Classic Mystery/Crime Stories - 10 questions - 4 mins
This quiz focuses on some popular crime stories. Some questions look for the criminal and some questions look for the title or other information. Spoiler Alert: The question or info may give away some story endings.
Average, 10 Qns, PhillyRex, Sep 27 17
Sep 27 17
450 plays
  American Crime Fiction - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Oct 28 16
Oct 28 16
514 plays
  Mystery Fiction With a Sense of Humour popular trivia quiz - 15 questions - 5 mins
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, Apr 22 17
agony editor
Apr 22 17
1337 plays
  Characters In Current Works Of Fiction - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, May 01 10
434 plays
  Mystery And Science Fiction Writers - 10 questions - 3 mins
I'm taking notice of some of the famous writers of mystery and science fiction.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Jun 05 14
3567 plays
  Basic Crime Fiction - 15 questions - 4 mins
This is a quiz on the basics of Crime Fiction. I studied this genre at school and thought I'd make an easy quiz on it.
Average, 15 Qns, Fi B, Nov 11 18
Fi B
Nov 11 18
1291 plays
  Marple Murderers - 10 questions - 4 mins
WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS - Match the person murdered in the Agatha Christie Miss Marple novel with their murderer. If there are multiple murders in a novel then the murder in question is the first chronologically.
Average, 10 Qns, timoggy, Dec 07 20
Dec 07 20
118 plays
  Dog Detectives popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Sep 28 22
Sep 28 22
2066 plays
  Crime Does Pay (for These Authors Anyway)! popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Jul 25 18
Jul 25 18
775 plays
  Mystery cats great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
Many people think cats are mysterious. They're also featured in many mysteries!
Tough, 10 Qns, catamount, Aug 31 11
605 plays
  Mayhem and Murder in Florida popular trivia quiz - 15 questions - 4 mins
Florida is an attractive location for mystery fiction of all sorts, from John D. Macdonald to Carl Hiaasen.
Average, 15 Qns, agony, Feb 22 20
agony editor
Feb 22 20
846 plays
  From Page to Screen popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Apr 03 19
boof123 gold member
Apr 03 19
643 plays
  Not Just Robots and Spaceships - 10 questions - 5 mins
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.
Average, 10 Qns, mlcmlc, May 22 14
mlcmlc gold member
428 plays
  Cooking Up a Suspense Story - 10 questions - 7 mins
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, Jun 13 22
Jun 13 22
742 plays
  Black Heart of Crime - 10 questions - 4 mins
Each question is about a mystery/detective novel with the word "black" in the title.
Average, 10 Qns, sanremo, Nov 06 13
299 plays
  J D Robb 'In Death' Characters - 10 questions - 3 mins
There are at least 40 books in the 'In Death' series. These characters appear in most, if not all, of them. The books are set about 30 years into the future. There are more than 40 books in the IN DEATH series by J D Robb.
Average, 10 Qns, Isipingo, Oct 21 19
Isipingo gold member
Oct 21 19
126 plays
  Snuggle Up With a Good Read - 10 questions - 4 mins
What is more relaxing than snuggling up with a good book? Match the author to her book.
Average, 10 Qns, November4, Oct 17 16
Oct 17 16
324 plays
  Other Characters of Detective Fiction - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Feb 16 10
773 plays
  Literary Murder - 10 questions - 4 mins
Here's a look at murder in literature: plays, novels and short stories.
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Feb 17 03
2725 plays
  Edgar Award Winning Authors - 10 questions - 4 mins
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.
Average, 10 Qns, festus67, Aug 30 19
Aug 30 19
646 plays
  Mystery Writers Quiz Challenge - 10 questions - 4 mins
Mystery fans will recognize many of these authors--and perhaps discover some new ones.
Average, 10 Qns, stardust587, Dec 01 10
4009 plays
  Murder Most Fowl - 10 questions - 5 mins
Ten questions centering on mystery novels or movies.
Tough, 10 Qns, professorjon, Sep 25 15
974 plays
  Scandinavian Crime - 10 questions - 3 mins
A genre that I have recently fallen in love with.
Average, 10 Qns, mega44, Dec 20 15
197 plays
  So, Who Done It? - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Sep 30 22
Sep 30 22
1008 plays
  Clueless in Cluedo - 10 questions - 6 mins
Mr Boddy was found murdered in his home this morning. The usual suspects all claim to have been spending time with characters from various detective stories. Your job is to determine which story/character each suspect was fraternizing with.
Tough, 10 Qns, biangyo, Sep 15 19
Sep 15 19
492 plays
  Killed - HOW ? - 10 questions - 4 mins
Fictional murderers sometimes chose the most bizarre weapons! Does your imagination stretch this far?
Tough, 10 Qns, balaton, Nov 17 13
339 plays
  You Too Can Be an Armchair Detective! - 10 questions - 5 mins
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, Apr 24 10
443 plays
  Murder in Fiction - 10 questions - 6 mins
Be it bleak sociorealism or suggestive horror, works of fiction are flooded with murder. Test your knowledge of mortal crime on paper.
Tough, 10 Qns, gunstone, Sep 24 03
1053 plays
  What's In A Name? - 10 questions - 5 mins
Don't worry, this is not about name analysis! It's about initials, names of detectives, a pen name and some more. Warning: British golden age writers are well represented!
Tough, 10 Qns, blackbirdtoo, Sep 27 15
534 plays
  Pulp Fiction - 10 questions - 4 mins
During the 1920s and 1930s a new form of writing appeared on the scene. These stories appeared in dime books called 'Pulp Fiction.' They were written by such as Hammett, Chandler, Woolrich and Cain. Here's a little test.
Tough, 10 Qns, sweetwheat, Mar 02 12
488 plays
  Hard-Boiled Lit - 10 questions - 4 mins
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, Nov 19 12
666 plays
  Hard-Boiled Lit:the sequel - 10 questions - 4 mins
Here's some more trivia from that tough, dangerous world of the hard-boiled crime thriller, with some questions I didn't use first time out.
Tough, 10 Qns, tjoebigham, Oct 13 07
519 plays
  Culinary Mysteries - 10 questions - 5 mins
This quiz is for those that enjoy culinary mysteries as much as I do. Some of the following novels include recipes while other just describe gastronomic experiences. Bon Appetit!
Tough, 10 Qns, Pookiepay, May 01 12
414 plays
  Mystery fiction - 10 questions - 5 mins
Tough questions for mystery addicts only.
Difficult, 10 Qns, 3way, May 15 10
722 plays
  Mystery Writers - 15 questions - 6 mins
I name the book, you name the author.
Difficult, 15 Qns, doc322, Oct 20 10
doc322 gold member
956 plays
Related Topics
  Aaronovitch, Ben [Literature] (9 quizzes)

  Armstrong, Kelley [Literature] (6 quizzes)

  Auster, Paul [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Billingham, Mark [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Block, Lawrence [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Braun, Lilian Jackson [Literature] (9 quizzes)

  Brown, Rita Mae [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Butcher, Jim [Literature] (10 quizzes)

  Child, Lee [Literature] (7 quizzes)

  Christie, Agatha [Literature] (309 quizzes)

  Clark, Mary Higgins [Literature] (14 quizzes)

  Cole, Martina [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Collins, Wilkie [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Connelly, Michael [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Connolly, John [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Cornwell, Patricia [Literature] (22 quizzes)

  Crusie, Jennifer [Literature] (5 quizzes)

  Davis, Lindsey [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Deaver, Jeffery [Literature] (9 quizzes)

  Dekker, Ted [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Donaldson, Stephen [Literature] (7 quizzes)

  Doyle, Arthur Conan [Literature] (64 quizzes)

  Dunnett, Dorothy [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Evanovich, Janet [Literature] (47 quizzes)

  Fforde, Jasper [Literature] (11 quizzes)

  Finney, Patricia [Literature] (6 quizzes)

  Francis, Dick [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Fredman, Shelly [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Gardner, Erle Stanley [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  George, Elizabeth [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Gerritsen, Tess [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Grafton, Sue [Literature] (19 quizzes)

  Hammett, Dashiell [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Harris, Charlaine [Literature] (21 quizzes)

  Hiaasen, Carl [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Johansen, Iris [Literature] (5 quizzes)

  Kellerman, Jonathan and Faye [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  King, Laurie R [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Landy, Derek [Literature] (0 quizzes)

  Larsson, Stieg [Literature] (7 quizzes)

  Lindsay, Jeff [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Marsh, Ngaio [Literature] (20 quizzes)

  McBain, Ed [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  McDonald, Gregory [Literature] (1 quizzes)

  Nixon, Joan Lowery [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Parker, Robert B [Literature] (6 quizzes)

  Patterson, James [Literature] (46 quizzes)

  Perry, Anne [Literature] (5 quizzes)

  Peters, Elizabeth [Literature] (20 quizzes)

  Peters, Ellis [Literature] (12 quizzes)

  Preston, Douglas/Child, Lincoln [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Queen, Ellery [Literature] (8 quizzes)

  Rankin, Ian [Literature] (20 quizzes)

  Rendell, Ruth [Literature] (5 quizzes)

  Roberts, Nora [Literature] (35 quizzes)

  Roberts, Wendy [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Robeson, Kenneth [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  Sandford, John [Literature] (5 quizzes)

  Sayers, Dorothy L [Literature] (27 quizzes)

  Scottoline, Lisa [Literature] (3 quizzes)

  Slaughter, Karin [Literature] (2 quizzes)

  Stout, Rex [Literature] (14 quizzes)

  Westlake, Donald E [Literature] (4 quizzes)

  White, TH [Literature] (5 quizzes)

This is category 210
Last Updated Dec 07 2022 11:21 AM
play trivia = Top 5% Rated Quiz, take trivia quiz Top 10% Rated Quiz, test trivia quiz Top 20% Rated Quiz, popular trivia A Well Rated Quiz
new quizzes = added recently, editor pick = Editor's Pick editor = FunTrivia Editor gold = Gold Member

Teachers / educators: FunTrivia welcomes the use of our website and quizzes in the classroom as a teaching aid or for preparing and testing students. See our education section. Our quizzes are printable and may be used as question sheets by k-12 teachers, parents, and home schoolers.

 ·  All questions, answers, and quiz content on this website is copyright FunTrivia, Inc and may not be reproduced without permission. Any images from TV shows and movies are copyright their studios, and are being used under "fair use" for commentary and education.