Quirky Quiz: The Answers question 6-10

Posted: January 18, 2015 in Uncategorized

The remaining answers to the Quirky Quiz:

6] How did a bleeding ulcer and a broken leg connect Christina Collins and Edward V?

This referred to books that exhibited a great blend of history and detective fiction. Inspector Grant is in hospital with a broken leg in Josephine Tey’s novel The Daughter of Time in which he questions whether Richard III murdered the princes in the tower, his nephews. 

In Colin Dexter’s The Wench is Dead Inspector Morse is in hospital with a bleeding ulcer. Morse with his alcoholic intake is a real candidate for an ulcer. He investigates the 1859 murder of Christina Collins, and retrospectively proves the convicted murderers innocent of the crime.

7] Who noted a lack of any ornithological reference in the Memoirs of the Verney family?

Ornithology is the study of birds, and what is the most famous bird in crime fiction?

The Maltese Falcon, Dashiel Hammett’s 1930 novel which was made into such a superb movie in 1941. The movie directed by John Huston starred Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, and Mary Astor as Brigid O’Shaughnessy, but it had surely one of the great suporting casts with Peter Lorre as Joel Cairo and Sydney Greenstreet as Kasper Gutman “the Fat Man”. 

It is Gutman, who recounting the story of the falcon to Sam Spade, says ” There’s nothing said about the bird in Lady Frances Verney’s Memoirs of Verney Family during the Seventeeth Century, to be sure. I looked.”

8] Name a crime fiction author who has worked as:

[a] an osteopath– Caro Ramsay

[b] a forensic anthropologist– Kathy Reich

[c] an eukaryotic archaeologist– Fred Vargas

[d] an architect-S.J.Rozan

9] Identify the people in these photos.


Asa Larsson





Aly Monroe





Jack Whicher




10] Andy Dalziel likes choosing nicknames for his colleagues, for example Shirley Novello naturally becomes “Ivor” after the actor and composer Ivor Novello.

How and why did Andy’s choice of nickname for Sergeant Whitby link an unfinished 1817 novel with a epistolary novel of 1897?

Reginald Hill and Andy Dalziel at their  most erudite, in the novel A Cure for All Diseases which is a homage to Jane Austen’s 1817 unfinished novel Sanditon updated to the age of emails and digital recorders. The epistolary novel of 1897 is Dracula, who arrives in England at Whitby, so Sergeant Whitby reminds Andy of Dracula so he becomes “Jug” for the jugular vein beloved by Dracula. 

I think that question was a real tester, sorry, but if you had read A Cure for All Diseases it was the sort of information that stuck.    

  1. Kathy D. says:

    I think you’ve stumped us. I knew a few answers here, too.

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