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Posted: January 8, 2009 in Uncategorized


6] An Irish port, a trailing woody stemmed plant and a heavy load are linked in crime fiction, how?

The plant is a ‘vine’ so Barbara Vine aka Ruth Rendell. 
The Irish port Wexford. Ruth Rendell’s detective Reg Wexford.
A heavy load… a burden…. Mike Burden, Wexford’s number two in the books.

7] Which crime writers were/are:

a) a railway engineer: Freeman Wills Croft
b) a civil engineer: Yrsa Sigurdardottir or Herbert Resnicow

c) an engineer born in a prison: 

This one gave everyone trouble but there was a clue to this in question 11.
Herman Cyril McNeile took the name ‘Sapper’ because he served in the Royal Engineers [known as sappers] and had started writing in France during the Great War when serving officers were not allowed to write under their own names.

He was born in 1888 at the Naval Prison in Bodmin, Cornwall where his father was the Governor. Sorry about that one it was just plain sneaky.
8] Which fictional detective was:

a) born in Santa Rosa, California: Philip Marlowe created by Raymond Chandler
b) changed his name from Charalambides: Nick Charles created by Dashiell Hammett

c) was educated at Eton, Balliol and Harvard and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour:   Dr Gideon Fell created by John Dickson Carr.

d) was the son of a polish stage hypnotist: John Rebus created by Ian Rankin
e) was born in Santa Teresa, California: Kinsey Milhone created by Sue Grafton 

9] Which crime writers are involved with:

a) a large semi-aquatic reptile: Massimo Carlotto his unlicensed ex con private detective Marco Buratti is known as the ‘alligator’.

b)  a barefoot contessa: Fred Vargas who borrowed the name via her twin sister Jo Vargas, a painter, from Ava Gardner’s character in The Barefoot Contessa.

c) Montelusa: Andrea Camilleri uses the name for the Sicilian city of Agrigento in his Montalbano novels.

10] From what book does the following sentence come:

He compressed his lips and asked: “You know of Barbarossa, Redbeard , Khair-ed -Din?”

 The Maltese Falcon

[to be continued]  

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