Mystery Trivia Answers for 2006

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December 2006

In which Michael Connelly novel did Robert Crais' character Elvis Cole makes an unnamed appearance?

Lost Light.

In which Robert Crais novel did Michael Connelly's character Harry Bosch makes an unnamed appearance?

The Last Detective.

November 2006

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..."

October 2006

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.

September 2006

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.

August 2006

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 13th Warrior.

July 2006

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?

Marcia Muller.

She is married to another mystery writer with whom she has collaborated on a number of novels. What is his name?

Bill Pronzini.

June 2006

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?

C. J. Box.

He won the Anthony Award and the Macavity Award for which title in his mystery series?

Open Season.

May 2006

What well-known mystery author has been published under the pseudonyms Richard Stark, Tucker Coe, Samual Holt, and others?

Donald E. Westlake.

What is the title of his first book published, under his real name, by Random House in 1960?

The Mercenaries.

April 2006

Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum mysteries, recently introduced a new series character in Metro Girl. What is her name?

Alexandra Barnaby.

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?

Steffie Hall.

March 2006

Ross Macdonald introduced this Los Angeles private investigator in his 1949 mystery, The Moving Target. What was his name?

Lew Archer.

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?

Lew Harper.

February 2006

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).

January 2006

This popular entertainer has written several mysteries often characterized as "comic-whodunits" which feature both himself and his wife Jayne. Who is he?

Steve Allen.

What is the title of the first book in this series?

The Talk Show Murders.

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