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Genre - Crime Fiction
Hercule Poirot's secretary is called Miss Lemon.

Genre - Crime Fiction

Crime fiction is packed full of dastardly deeds, dogged detectives and villainous criminals. There are several different types of crime fiction from the classic ‘whodunit’ in the style of Agatha Christie or GK Chesterton, detective fiction which follows the investigations of someone like Sherlock Holmes or Inspector Morse, and legal thrillers such as those penned by John Grisham or Paul Levine . Whichever style you prefer, they all have their fair share of mystery and suspense.

Crime fiction has provided us with many memorable characters but how much do you recollect of the finer detail? Do you remember who had a secretary called Miss Lemon or the first name of detective Van der Valk? Certainly Ian Rankin created Inspector Rebus but where was Rebus born? Try this quiz on crime fiction and see if you can ‘detect’ all of the right answers!

1.
Which fictional detective has a secretary called Miss Lemon?
Mike Hammer
Philip Marlowe
Hercule Poirot
Sam Spade
Poirot describes her as being 'unbelievably ugly and incredibly efficient'
2.
What is the first name of the Amsterdam detective Van der Valk, created by Nicolas Freeling?
Edgar
Marco
Piet
Wim
Freeling wrote eleven novels with Piet Van der Valk in them
3.
What is the name of Sherlock Holmes's landlady?
Mrs Hanson
Mrs Henson
Mrs Hodgson
Mrs Hudson
Watson said of Mrs Hudson 'Not only was her first-floor flat invaded at all hours by throngs of singular and often undesirable characters but her remarkable lodger showed an eccentricity and irregularity in his life which must have sorely tried her patience. His incredible untidiness, his addiction to music at strange hours, his occasional revolver practice within doors, his weird and often malodorous scientific experiments, and the atmosphere of violence and danger which hung around him made him the very worst tenant in London'
4.
Sax Rohmer, the creator of Dr Fu Manchu, was born in which country?
England
Canada
Scotland
Wales
Dr Fu Manchu was a criminal mastermind and the archetypal evil villain
5.
What is the name of the 'holistic detective' created by Douglas Adams?
Dirk Friendly
Dirk Gently
Dirk Kindly
Dirk Lively
Adams was working on a third Gently novel, The Salmon of Doubt, at the time of his death
6.
What is the name of Perry Mason's secretary?
Debbie Street
Della Street
Dinah Street
Donna Street
The first time she appears, in The Case of the Velvet Claws, we are told that Della came from a wealthy family whose fortunes were lost in the stock market crash of 1929, forcing her to get a job as a secretary
7.
What is the title of Agatha Christie's 1942 novel featuring Miss Marple?
The Body in the Conservatory
The Body in the Kitchen
The Body in the Library
The Body in the Study
Miss Marple went on to appear in twelve of Agatha Christie's novels and in twenty of her short stories
8.
Which detective did Roger Moore play on TV from 1962 until 1969?
Lew Archer
Charlie Chan
The Saint
Lord Peter Wimsey
The Saint is the nickname of Simon Templar, created by Leslie Charteris. The first novel featuring The Saint was Meet the Tiger, published in 1928
9.
Ian Rankin's creation Inspector Rebus was born in which area of Scotland?
The Borders
Fife
The Highlands
Perthshire
Rebus has so far (2015) appeared in 20 novels. He's also in several short stories
10.
What pseudonym was used by HC McNeile, creator of Bulldog Drummond?
Dapper
Flapper
Sapper
Tapper
His first Bulldog Drummond book was published in 1920

 

Author:  Tony Rennick

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