Mystery Trivia Answers for 2006
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In which Robert Crais novel did Michael Connelly's character Harry Bosch makes an unnamed appearance?
The Last Detective.
The Phryne Fisher mysteries, by Kerry Greenwood, are set in which Australian city (also the author's home town)?
According to the author, she adds a little extra mystery to each chapter of a book. How does she do this?
By opening each chapter with a quote. Kerry Greenwood says that "Not only do they provide a smug glow for those who recognise the quote, but they refer to something in the chapter, usually only after one has read it. Like a cryptic crossword. Just an indulgence..."
Which Miss Marple mystery is the only one to take place outside of England?
A Caribbean Mystery.
Which location is believed to have been the inspiration for this book?
The official Agatha Christie website lists the West Indies (including the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas, and others) as the most possible region, though it could have been Bermuda, a location much more in character with Miss Marple herself.
In which east coast city are the Tess Monaghan mysteries, by Laura Lippman, set?
For which of the major mystery book awards is Lippman a multiple winner?
Every Secret Thing, Butchers Hill, and In Big Trouble won the Anthony Award; Charm City and In Big Trouble won the Shamus Award.
According to his website, Michael Crichton wrote this book on a bet that he could not make an entertaining story out of Beowulf. What is its title?
Eaters of the Dead (published in 1976).
What was the title of the movie made from this book? (Hint: It starred Antonio Banderas.)
The first book in this long-running mystery series featuring a San Francisco private investigator, entitled Edwin of the Iron Shoes, was written by this author who also wrote a short series of mysteries in the 1980s featuring Joanna Stark, a partner in a firm specializing in security for museums and art galleries. What is this author's name?
She is married to another mystery writer with whom she has collaborated on a number of novels. What is his name?
According to his website, this Wyoming native and author of the Joe Pickett mysteries has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, and a small town newspaper reporter and editor. Who is he?
What well-known mystery author has been published under the pseudonyms Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samual Holt, and others?
What is the title of his first book published, under his real name, by Random House in 1960?
Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum mysteries, recently introduced a new series character in Metro Girl. What is her name?
Janet Evanovich broke into the world of fiction with a small category romance titled Hero at Large. Under what pen name did she write this book?
Ross Macdonald introduced this Los Angeles private investigator in his 1949 mystery, The Moving Target. What was his name?
In 1966, Paul Newman played the title character in a film based on this book, but requested the name be changed. What was the name used in the movie?
Susan Wittig Albert writes a series of herbal mysteries featuring China Bayles. What was China's profession prior to opening an herbal shop in Pecan Springs TX?
A criminal attorney in Houston (TX).
What is the title herb in the first book of this series?
Thyme (Thyme of Death, 1992).
This popular entertainer has written several mysteries often characterized as "comic-whodunits" which feature both himself and his wife Jayne. Who is he?
What is the title of the first book in this series?
The Talk Show Murders.