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ExQUIZite Mysteries and Crime 2022

Rebecca Keenan —

September sees Dunedin Public Libraries celebrating both Agatha Christie’s birthday and sleuths of the Scottish crime variety. To get into the mystery-solving mood, this edition’s quiz focuses on the Duchess of Death, sleuths on screen, and the best thrilling tales throughout time.

There are 4 rounds with 10 questions each, for a total of 40 points. (Once you've completed the quiz, you can check your answers here)

All about Agatha

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1. In which decade did Agatha Christie die: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s?

2. Christie wrote 6 acclaimed mainstream novels under which pseudonym?

3. In the Hercule Poirot novels, who was Poirot’s supremely skilled secretary?

4. What’s the first name of Miss Marple, one of Christie’s best loved sleuths?

5. Samuel Ratchett was the shady American character murdered in a most unusual way in which of Christie’s novels?

6. Which controversial novel had Agatha Christie released before her 9-day disappearance in 1926?

7. From which English village did Miss Marple ply her amateur detective trade?

8. Which of her beloved characters did Christie once refer to as “an egocentric creep”?

9. Which British author published four new Poirot stories between 2013 and 2020 with the support of Christie’s family?

10. What was the name of Christie’s only child?

Home-town Heroes

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Match the crime-solving hero with the place they call home.

Classic Crime and Mystery

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1. Inspector Roderick Alleyn was the main character in a series of detective novels by which author from Aotearoa?

2. Which author is said to have pioneered the detective fiction genre with his 1843 story The Murders in the Rue Morgue?

3. Famed crime writer Raymond Chandler published how many novels: 5, 7, 12, 17, 24?

4. Sam Spade was the protagonist in which 1930 mystery novel by Dashiell Hammett?

5. Which American author’s award-winning debut novel was Blindsighted, published in 2001?

6. The works of Scottish writers like Val McDermid, Lin Anderson and Louise Welsh are classed in as which type of crime fiction?

7. The stories of amateur detective Father Brown were penned by which author?

8. What murderous bargain do the eponymous strangers on a train in Patricia Highsmith’s 1950 novel agree to?

9. The Red House Mystery is a popular detective novel written by which author best known for his creation of a beloved children’s character?

10. In what country are the Reichenbach Falls, which saw the ‘demise’ of the great Sherlock Holmes?

Sleuths on Screen

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Match the sleuths with the actors who played them on film and television.