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Killer Advice Trivia Quiz


Ten of Agatha Christie's murderers have decided to give advice on how not to get caught. Given the information, can you figure out who is giving the advice and from what novel they appeared? Spoilers (and red herrings) ahead.

A multiple-choice quiz by Joepetz. Estimated time: 7 mins.
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Author
Joepetz
Time
7 mins
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Multiple Choice
Quiz #
376,581
Updated
Dec 03 21
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10
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1. Words of advice: If you want to kill a ruffian of a Swiss man who knows your real identity, make sure your best friend, who also knows your real name, isn't so na´ve. I loved Bunny but I had to kill her because she kept calling me by my sister's nickname. Plus, she kept telling that Miss Marple everything about the case, including there being different lamps in the living room at Little Paddocks. Which killer am I? Hint

Anthea Bradbury-Scott from "Nemesis"
Charlotte Blacklock from "A Murder is Announced"
Bella Tanios from "Dumb Witness"
Griselda Clement from "Murder at the Vicarage"

2. If you want to kill an obnoxious child who says she saw a murder that you committed, do so in a clean way. I drowned her in a bobbing-for-apples tub and got all wet. Then I needed a reason to be wet in the middle of a party. Another tidbit, make sure you get the right girl. I didn't. Which ruthless killer am I? Hint

Alfred Inglethorpe from "The Mysterious Affair at Styles"
Roger Leonides from "Crooked House"
Rita Vandermeyer from "The Secret Adversary"
Rowena Drake from "Hallowe'en Party"

3. If you are an artist like me and want to kill your girlfriend's jerk of a husband, don't make an artsy mistake. In order to set an alibi for my lover, I used a rock to set off a firecracker to simulate the sound of a gunshot. However, I was caught by that Marple woman. I thought quickly and I said I brought it to her as a gift for her garden. But the rock didn't match, which I should have known as an artist, and she knew it. Which conspirator am I? Hint

Mr. Brown from "The Secret Adversary"
Mr. Venables from "The Pale Horse"
Colin Lamb from "The Clocks"
Lawrence Redding from "Murder at the Vicarage"

4. If you want to team up with your ex-boyfriend to kill his wife, make sure he is smart and fast enough not to be seen. My dear Simon loved me so much that he wanted to marry my friend, kill her for her money and then marry me. I agreed, but I knew Simon was not smart enough to do it alone. And of course he wasn't. Not only did he foolishly save his wife from a falling boulder that would have saved us the trouble of killing her in the first place, but after our little scene aboard the Karnak, he was also seen running by his wife's maid when he was supposed to be incapacitated after I "shot" him in the leg. Which vindictive and bloodthirsty murderer am I? Hint

Robin Upward from "Mrs. McGinty's Dead"
Countess Andrenyi from "Murder on the Orient Express"
Jackie de Bellefort from "Death on the Nile"
Theresa Arundell from "Dumb Witness"

5. If you team up with you wife, as I did, to kill her cousin and perform a body swap, make sure the swapped body could pass for her cousin. The girl guide we left on Basil Blake's rug had bitten nails but my wife's cousin Ruby had clipped ones. Also that girl guide was still a virgin, something Ruby certainly was not. Moreover, it would probably be best not to marry your accomplice until after you get away with it. Which ruthless killer am I? Hint

Mark Gaskell from "The Body in the Library"
Tim Kendall from "A Caribbean Mystery"
Jefferson Cope from "Appointment with Death"
Dr. Roberts from "Cards on the Table"

6. If you want to impersonate your victim before killing her, make sure you get the mannerisms down right. I turned my head the wrong way when impersonating my companion, which her sister-in-law found odd. I then made a crucial mistake by mentioning wax flowers on a green malachite table that were not at Enderby Hall when I arrived as myself. Which ladylike killer am I? Hint

Miss Gilchrist from "After the Funeral"
Norma Restarick from "Third Girl"
Mrs. Sprot from "N or M?"
Hattie Stubbs from "Dead Man's Folly"

7. If you want to kill your wife and make it look like suicide by spreading poison pen letters about town, make sure you know the village gossip. As a man, I did not know the talk of the town and had to make rumors up. Everyone knew the letters were false, which made my wife's about me not being the father of one of our sons far less convincing and unlikely to make her commit suicide. Also, stay clear of obnoxious stepdaughters as they are nothing but trouble. Which inventive killer am I? Hint

George Barton from "Sparkling Cyanide"
Dr. Leidner from "Murder in Mesopotamia"
Lord Easterfield from "Murder is Easy"
Mr. Symmington from "The Moving Finger"

8. If you want to kill your best friend, make sure you two have the same size shoes. Captain Trevelyan had a different size ski boot than I do, so my oddly sized ones stood out among his. There was a terrible snowstorm and vehicles could not travel the roads. I told everyone I walked from Sittaford House to where Trevelyan was staying and that the trip took two hours. In reality, I skied the distance in ten minutes, killed him and pretended to find him hours later to set up my alibi. Which killer am I? Hint

Jim Lazarus from "Peril at End House"
Major Burnaby from "Murder at the Hazelmoor" (UK title "The Sittaford Mystery")
Alistair Blunt from "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" (alternative titles "The Patriotic Murders" and "An Overdose of Death")
Meredith Blake from "Five Little Pigs" (US title "Murder in Retrospect")

9. If you want to kill your estranged father, and no one knows he is your father, it is best to not act like him so much. For instance, I probably should not have thrown my head back and laughed in the same way he did. I may have also chosen a bad time - Christmas Eve - to commit the murder since my victim's sons were all at Gossington Hall and easily comparable to me. Which murderer am I? Hint

Stephen Farr from "Hercule Poirot's Christmas"
Sobek from "Death Comes as the End"
Dr. Quimper from "4:50 from Paddington"
Superintendent Sugden from "Hercule Poirot's Christmas"

10. If you want to kill your husband because your Catholic boyfriend won't marry you if you are divorced, make sure you know your Greek mythology. I hired an actress to impersonate me at a party while I killed my husband. Then I killed the actress. But she was well-versed in Greek myth, particularly Paris of Troy, which I know nothing about. That mishap caused my third victim to suspect I wasn't really at the party. Which infamous killer am I? Hint

Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd from "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd"
Jane Wilkinson from "Lord Edgware Dies"
Emily Brent from "And Then There Were None"
Lydia Lee from "Hercule Poirot's Christmas"


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Words of advice: If you want to kill a ruffian of a Swiss man who knows your real identity, make sure your best friend, who also knows your real name, isn't so na´ve. I loved Bunny but I had to kill her because she kept calling me by my sister's nickname. Plus, she kept telling that Miss Marple everything about the case, including there being different lamps in the living room at Little Paddocks. Which killer am I?

Answer: Charlotte Blacklock from "A Murder is Announced"

Prior to "A Murder is Announced", Letitia Blacklock died and her sister, former invalid Charlotte, had taken her identity in order to claim a large inheritance. She shared this information with her dear friend Bunny. However, when a Swiss man named Rudi Scherz, who knew both Blacklock sisters when they spent World War II in Switzerland, arrived, Charlotte killed him because he knew she was not Letitia. Bunny was unaware that her friend killed Scherz, but kept inadvertently incriminating her by mentioning innocuous things like there being a different lamp in the room the murder occurred in.

The lamps had to be switched because Miss Blacklock had frayed the cord and spilled water on it to blow the fuse so the room would be dark.
2. If you want to kill an obnoxious child who says she saw a murder that you committed, do so in a clean way. I drowned her in a bobbing-for-apples tub and got all wet. Then I needed a reason to be wet in the middle of a party. Another tidbit, make sure you get the right girl. I didn't. Which ruthless killer am I?

Answer: Rowena Drake from "Hallowe'en Party"

Prior to the events in "Hallowe'en Party", Rowena Drake conspired with Andrew Garfield to inherit a large sum of money from Drake's late husband's aunt, Mrs. Llewellyn-Smythe. The actual heiress was Olga Seminoff, an au pair girl. Rowena Drake and her accomplice produced a poorly forged will (hiding the real one) benefiting Olga so that it would be declared invalid and Mrs. Drake would inherit. The conspirators then killed Olga and threw her in a well. That is the murder Joyce Reynolds claimed to have seen at the Halloween party, so Rowena Drake drowned Joyce in the bobbing for apples tub. But, Rowena Drake was wet from doing so and created a lame excuse about dropping water on her from a vase of flowers, an event that was witnessed by Miss Emlyn, but there was no sense to her watering flowers during the party.

However, it was not Joyce who saw the murder, but her friend Miranda, who was sick and did not attend the party. Miranda later told Poirot that she saw Rowena Drake carry Olga's body with Garfield.
3. If you are an artist like me and want to kill your girlfriend's jerk of a husband, don't make an artsy mistake. In order to set an alibi for my lover, I used a rock to set off a firecracker to simulate the sound of a gunshot. However, I was caught by that Marple woman. I thought quickly and I said I brought it to her as a gift for her garden. But the rock didn't match, which I should have known as an artist, and she knew it. Which conspirator am I?

Answer: Lawrence Redding from "Murder at the Vicarage"

Redding conspired with Anne Protheroe to kill her husband so they could marry. Anne paraded around town in a tight outfit and no purse so everyone would see she could not be concealing a gun, which she later secured from Redding. After Anne shot her husband in the vicarage, she left and made sure she was seen.

Then, Lawrence went out into the forest to set off the firecracker to make it sound as if Protheroe was killed after Anne left. Miss Marple saw Redding carry the rock and he pretended it was for her, a crucial error since he should have known that rock would not have matched Miss Marple's garden.
4. If you want to team up with your ex-boyfriend to kill his wife, make sure he is smart and fast enough not to be seen. My dear Simon loved me so much that he wanted to marry my friend, kill her for her money and then marry me. I agreed, but I knew Simon was not smart enough to do it alone. And of course he wasn't. Not only did he foolishly save his wife from a falling boulder that would have saved us the trouble of killing her in the first place, but after our little scene aboard the Karnak, he was also seen running by his wife's maid when he was supposed to be incapacitated after I "shot" him in the leg. Which vindictive and bloodthirsty murderer am I?

Answer: Jackie de Bellefort from "Death on the Nile"

Simon and Jackie were a couple prior to his meeting Linnet. Then the novel cuts suddenly and Simon and Linnet were now married and honeymooning in Egypt. Jackie had taken to stalking them. One night, a slightly inebriated Jackie apparently shot Simon in the leg, incapacitating him. However, what really happened was that Jackie purposely missed Simon, who faked being shot. Jackie was then escorted away, leaving Simon alone; he then ran across the boat to shot Linnet, ran back, shot himself and threw the gun overboard. Because Simon was "injured" and Jackie under constant supervision, they both had alibis for Linnet's murder.

Linnet's maid, Louise, however, saw Simon running away from Linnet's cabin when he was supposed to be unable to walk and discovered what happened. Jackie later killed Louise to silence her.
5. If you team up with you wife, as I did, to kill her cousin and perform a body swap, make sure the swapped body could pass for her cousin. The girl guide we left on Basil Blake's rug had bitten nails but my wife's cousin Ruby had clipped ones. Also that girl guide was still a virgin, something Ruby certainly was not. Moreover, it would probably be best not to marry your accomplice until after you get away with it. Which ruthless killer am I?

Answer: Mark Gaskell from "The Body in the Library"

Mark Gaskell teamed up with his secret wife Josie Turner to kill Josie's cousin Ruby because Mark's father-in-law from his first marriage wanted to bequeath his entire estate to Ruby. Josie and Mark had lured a girl guide named Pamela, killed her, dressed her in Ruby's clothes and left her in Basil Blake's house to incriminate him. That body would be later identified by Josie as Ruby's so both she and Mark would have an alibi for her time of death. After killing the girl guide but before dumping her body, Josie killed Ruby, dressed her in Pamela's clothes and burned her body so it could not be identified.

They were caught by Miss Marple because of nail clippings found belonging to Ruby. Ruby, being a dancer who dressed well, always clipped her nails but the body found in the Bantrys' library (moved there by Basil Blake) were bitten. Also the girl in the library died a virgin, which Ruby was not. Thus, Miss Marple realized Josie had purposely misidentified the body as she would have had to know that was not her cousin. Upon further research, Miss Marple discovered that Mark and Josie had been secretly married and needed his father-in-law's money and planned to kill him as well.
6. If you want to impersonate your victim before killing her, make sure you get the mannerisms down right. I turned my head the wrong way when impersonating my companion, which her sister-in-law found odd. I then made a crucial mistake by mentioning wax flowers on a green malachite table that were not at Enderby Hall when I arrived as myself. Which ladylike killer am I?

Answer: Miss Gilchrist from "After the Funeral"

In "After the Funeral", Miss Gilchrist devises a plan to kill her companion, Cora Lansquenet, for a painting Cora did not know was valuable. When Cora's brother Richard dies, Miss Gilchrist drugs Cora and impersonates her at Richard's funeral, where she states that she believes Richard was murdered.

The ploy was necessary in order to give the appearance that Cora's murder was related to Richard's (who died naturally) since Miss Gilchrist would not have anymotive to kill Richard, and would be the only person to have one for killing Cora.

However, Miss Gilchrist practiced imitating Cora in a mirror and thus turned her head the wrong way when impersonating her at the funeral. This led Helen Abernathie to suspect something was off about Cora. Later, Miss Gilchrist visited Enderby Hall as herself and mentioned that a green malachite table looked better with wax flowers in it.

However, those flowers were at the funeral but were moved during the middle of the story by the time Miss Gilchrist arrived. Thus, she could only have known about the flowers if she had been there prior to that day.
7. If you want to kill your wife and make it look like suicide by spreading poison pen letters about town, make sure you know the village gossip. As a man, I did not know the talk of the town and had to make rumors up. Everyone knew the letters were false, which made my wife's about me not being the father of one of our sons far less convincing and unlikely to make her commit suicide. Also, stay clear of obnoxious stepdaughters as they are nothing but trouble. Which inventive killer am I?

Answer: Mr. Symmington from "The Moving Finger"

Mr. Symmington wanted to kill his wife so he could marry his children's governess, Elise Holland. He came up with the idea of writing false poison pen letters accusing the citizens of Lymstock of various misdeeds. However, being a busy man, he had no time for gossip and this led Miss Marple to suspect him in the first place. Miss Marple believed that a woman would have known the actual gossip in town and would not have had to make it up.

She correctly assumed that none of the letters were accurate, and thus Mrs. Symmington would never have committed suicide from receiving one.

Therefore, the only logical suspect was her husband. He was further incriminated by not sending a letter to Elsie Holland. Megan, Mr. Symmington's stepdaughter, pretended to blackmail him as a plot to expose him.
8. If you want to kill your best friend, make sure you two have the same size shoes. Captain Trevelyan had a different size ski boot than I do, so my oddly sized ones stood out among his. There was a terrible snowstorm and vehicles could not travel the roads. I told everyone I walked from Sittaford House to where Trevelyan was staying and that the trip took two hours. In reality, I skied the distance in ten minutes, killed him and pretended to find him hours later to set up my alibi. Which killer am I?

Answer: Major Burnaby from "Murder at the Hazelmoor" (UK title "The Sittaford Mystery")

Captain Trevelyan had a habit of entering sports contests via a newspaper and using the names and addresses of his neighbors because he lived at Sittaford House, which he believed was too luxurious a house to be selected as a winner. Before his murder, Trevelyan had won a contest for 5,000 pounds (about 475,000 U.S. dollars in 2015) under Burnaby's name. Burnaby needed the money, so he plotted to kill Trevelyan. During a game of table turning and during a blizzard, Burnaby manipulated the board so it said that Trevelyan was murdered. Burnaby then claimed to have walked for hours to where his friend was staying in town to check on him.

In reality, Burnaby skied there, arrived quickly, killed Trevelyan and then pretended to find the body hours later.

However, he had to dispose of his ski boots, which were a different size from Trevelyan's. He hid them among his friend's boots, but the size differences were discovered, which meant someone who was not Trevelyan had skied recently.
9. If you want to kill your estranged father, and no one knows he is your father, it is best to not act like him so much. For instance, I probably should not have thrown my head back and laughed in the same way he did. I may have also chosen a bad time - Christmas Eve - to commit the murder since my victim's sons were all at Gossington Hall and easily comparable to me. Which murderer am I?

Answer: Superintendent Sugden from "Hercule Poirot's Christmas"

Superintendent Sugden was one of (presumably) many illegitimate sons of Simeon Lee. Sugden wanted revenge, another familial trait, on his father because Simeon had abandoned his mother many years prior. Sugden likely would have gotten away with it, since he was the investigating detective in Lee's murder, had it not been for Poirot who noticed that Sugden had similar habits to Simeon Lee and his other sons. One of these habits was stroking the jawline back and forth, and another was the throwing back of the head and laughing loudly. Poirot also noticed that a portrait of Simeon Lee looked identical to Sugden when a false mustache was placed on it.
10. If you want to kill your husband because your Catholic boyfriend won't marry you if you are divorced, make sure you know your Greek mythology. I hired an actress to impersonate me at a party while I killed my husband. Then I killed the actress. But she was well-versed in Greek myth, particularly Paris of Troy, which I know nothing about. That mishap caused my third victim to suspect I wasn't really at the party. Which infamous killer am I?

Answer: Jane Wilkinson from "Lord Edgware Dies"

Jane Wilkinson wanted to marry the Duke of Merton, who was a strict Catholic and would never marry a divorced woman, so she had to be a widow. She hired Carlotta Adams, a famed impressionist, to play her at a party. The real Jane was, however, murdering her husband. Jane later poisoned Carlotta so she couldn't tell anyone it was really her at the party.

However, Carlotta as Jane spoke openly with Donald Ross about Helen of Troy and Paris. At a different party, the real Jane doesn't understand the mythological Paris, thinking Donald is talking about Paris, France.

This leads him to believe that Jane was not at the first party. Donald never gets to tell Poirot this, but the Belgian detective figures it out any way.
Source: Author Joepetz

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