Wednesday, April 26, 2006

MUM'S THE WORD

The results of Contest #7--which was apparently really
tough (because only 3 people managed to get all
ten questions) are as follows:

1) All of the following novels are set in the 1920s
with one exception. Which is the exception?
A-SECRET SERVICE OPERATOR #13 BY ROBERT CHAMBERS
b-Moonlight at Greystone by Louisa Bronte
c-Anything Goes by Jill Churchill
d-Damsel in Distress by Carola Dunn

2) Using a different pen name, this best-selling
historical author previously wrote a mystery series
featuring a gay TV reporter:
a-Steven Saylor
B-ROBERT ALEXANDER
c-Bruce Alexander
d-Laurie King

R.D. Zimmerman wrote the award-winning Todd Mill's
series back in the gay '90s. See, there is life
after series death.

3) All but one of the following novels is set in
Japan. Which is the exception?
a-The Tattoo Murder Case by Akimitsu Takagi
b-The Assassin’s Touch by Laura Joh Rowland
c-Death at the Crossroads by Dale Furutani
D-THE RED PAVILION BY ROBERT VAN GULIK

No, the titles do NOT all look alike. Van Gulik wrote
the Judge Dee series which is set in China.


4) Romance writer Mary Westmacott also wrote mysteries
under the pen name of:
a-Mignon G. Eberhart
b-Mary Roberts Rinehart
C-AGATHA CHRISTIE
d-Nora Roberts

Personally I find the Westmacott stuff a bit depressing,
but anyone who thinks Christie couldn't write characters
needs to investigate her work as Mary Westmacott.

5) Eccentric master sleuths typically outsmart the
police. Who was Nero Wolfe’s favorite law enforcement
nemesis?
a-Inspector Japp
B-INSPECTOR CRAMER
c-Inspector Lestrade
d-Inspector Clouseau

If you put Inspector Clouseau, you get points for having
a sense of humor--but you won't win any mummy cases.

6) Who was John Steed’s first crime-fighting partner?
a-Emma Peel
b-Tara King
c-Purdey
D-DR. KEEL

The MALE Dr. Keel was Steed's first partner in crime-fighting.
Ian Hendry starred as Dr. David Keel. I think he only lasted
the first season.


7) Who is NOT Nancy Drew’s chum?
a-Bess Marvin
b-George Fayne
C-HONEY WHEELER
b-Helen Corning

I'm sure Nancy would have got on with Honey just fine,
but in fact, Honey Wheeler is Trixie Belden's poor
little rich girl pal.

8) How many children did Charlie Chan have?
a-one
b-eight
c-three
D-FOURTEEN

There was some confusion about this question.
See here


9) This Scottish-born author wrote a series featuring
a Scotland Yard inspector:
a-M.C. Beaton
B-JOSEPHINE TEY
c-Ian Rankin
d-John Connolly

Okay, I admit this was a tricky one--the key was
SCOTLAND YARD INSPECTOR. Beaton and Rankin write
about Scottish cops, but Tey wrote about Alan Grant
who works for The Yard--which is in England.
Connolly is Irish. Who cares what he writes.
(OKAY, OKAY, I'M KIDDING!!!!)


10) Which of the following mystery/crime novels does
NOT feature a “real” vampire:
a-Baked to Death by Dean James
b-Death Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
C-VERSE OF THE VAMPYRE BY DIANA KILLIAN
d-Smoke and Shadows by Tanya Huff

At this risk of a spoiler (could this really be a spoiler?)
there are no REAL LIVE (or real dead) vampires hovering
over the lovely village (with the scary crime rate) of Innisdale.

1 comment:

Zhu Xiao Di said...

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Sincerely yours,

Zhu Xiao Di
Author of Tales of Judge Dee