Mystery Trivia Answers for 2005
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Margaret Maron has won multiple awards for her Deborah Knott mystery series. What is Deborah Knott's profession?
District Court Judge in Colleton County NC.
Margaret Maron's earlier books feature a different series character. What is her name?
Lt. Detective Sigrid Harald of the NYPD.
Annie Darling is proprietor of a mystery bookshop in a series by Carolyn Hart. What is the name of this bookshop?
Death on Demand.
This bookshop is located on fictional Broward's Rock, a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. Broward's Rock is believed to be patterned after what real island?
Hilton Head Island SC.
Aaron Elkins has written two mystery series involving detectives who are professionals in other fields, Gideon Oliver and Chris Norgren. What are their respective professions?
Forensic anthropologist and art curator.
Aaron Elkins and his wife Charlotte have collaborated on several mysteries with a female golfer as the principal character. What is this character's name?
Virginia Rich featured a widowed chef in three mysteries published in the early 80's. What was her name?
Virginia Rich died before completing the fourth mystery in this series. What author finished her book and continues to write the series to this day?
Philip R. Craig, author of the Jeff Jackson mysteries set on Martha's Vineyard, co-wrote a mystery published in 2002 with another popular author of detective fiction. Who was the co-author, and what was the title of the book?
William G. Tapply, First Light, featuring Boston lawyer Brady Coyne.
In addition to being a writer, Philip Craig is also an accomplished chef. What fish is featured in his signature recipes?
Nevada Barr's mysteries with Anna Pigeon are set in national parks. Which park is featured in the first of the series (Track of the Cat)?
Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas.
Anna Pigeon frequently phones her sister for advice. What is her sister's name, and what is her profession?
Molly, a psychiatrist.
James Lee Burke's first Robicheaux mystery, The Neon Rain, was published 1987. What was his first book?
Half of Paradise, published in 1965 when Burke was in his 20's.
Two of Burke's books have been made into movies. One was Heaven's Prisoners. What was the other?
Two For Texas.
Name the author who features San Francisco-based John Marshall Tanner, a non-practicing attorney and private eye in his mysteries.
Why is Tanner a non-practicing attorney?
He stopped practicing after the legal system drove one of his clients to suicide and Tanner was jailed for contempt for insulting the judge who let it happen.
Martha Grimes' third Richard Jury mystery is titled The Anodyne Necklace. What is "The Anodyne Necklace"?
An English pub.
What does "anodyne" mean?
Capable of soothing or eliminating pain.
In what mystery by Elizabeth Peters did Amelia Peabody make her first appearance?
Crocodile on the Sandbank.
Ramses, Amelia Peabody's son, is introduced later in the series. What is his given name?
Walter Peabody Emerson.
What is the origin of the title of Robert B. Parker's Spenser mystery A Catskill Eagle?
A quote by Herman Melville in the classic novel Moby Dick: "And there is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces."
Most Spenser mysteries take place in and around Boston. In what city does the action take place in A Catskill Eagle?
What mystery won the first Dilys Award (given by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association) in 1993?
Carl Hiaasen, Native Tongue.
For whom was the Dilys Award named?
The Dilys Award is named in honor of Dilys Winn, the founder of the first specialty bookseller of mystery books in the United States.