Mystery Trivia Questions for 2007
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In 1987, this mystery award was first given out, named for the "mystery cat" of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. Established by the members of Mystery Readers International, what is the name of the award?
What was the title of the book that won this award's first Best Novel? (Hint: It was written by P. D. James.)
Susan Conant is the author of a long-running mystery series featuring a dog trainer in Cambridge (MA). What is her series character's name?
Susan Conant is also the co-author of the Gourmet Girl mysteries with her daughter, Jessica Conant-Park. Who is the gourmet girl?
Which one of Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series mysteries does not include a US capital landmark in its title and is the only book set primarily outside of the Washington DC area?
Though called Margaret most of her life, it is not Truman's given first name. What is it?
Margaret Coel is the author of a series of mysteries set on the Wind River Reservation. What Native American tribes occupy this reservation?
Where (in which state) is the Wind River Reservation located?
Steve Hamilton writes a series of mysteries that feature ex-cop and private investigator Alex McKnight living in a small town named Paradise. Where is Paradise?
The first book in the Alex McKnight series initially won a sponsored mystery writing contest and then, after its publication, went on to win two prestigious mystery book awards. What is the title of the book and name the contest and the awards it won?
J. A. Konrath writes a series of mysteries featuring Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels, a lieutenant in the violent crimes division of the Chicago Police Department. What do the initials J. A. stand for?
The titles of the Jack Daniels mysteries are taken from bar drinks. What exactly is a rusty nail (the title of the third book in the series)?
The daughter of James Lee Burke (the Dave Robicheaux series) is also a mystery writer. What is her name?
Samantha Kincaid, the protagonist of her first series, and the author have something in common. What is it?
All of the titles in Earlene Fowler's Benni Harper mystery series have something in common. What is it?
According to the author's website, she set the Benni Harper mysteries on the central coast of California in a town remarkably similar to which real city?
In addition to writing Bailey Weggins mysteries, author Kate White holds the title of this position for a well-known magazine.
What is the name of the fictional magazine for which Bailey Weggins works as a celebrity crime reporter?
Jim Butcher writes a series of mysteries that feature Harry Dresden. What is his profession?
What is the comic book series for which Jim Butcher wrote a book in 2006?
The Arly Hanks mysteries by Joan Hess are set in what fictional Arkansas town? (Hint: the name appears in the title of every book in this series.)
Joan Hess authored the Theo Bloomer mysteries under a pseudonym. What was it?
Jefferson Bass is the author of a popular series featuring the "body farm". What exactly is the body farm?
Jefferson Bass is the pseudonym of two men who write the series. What are their names?