Death in Nostalgia City

By Mark S. Bacon

Not whodunit, who wrote it

How do fictional detectives get their names?  Is it the writer’s history?  Are they descriptive of the character’s personality?  What would that say about Joe Nesbo’s  Harry Hole?  Are private eye names designed to be remembered?

Can you remember who created some of the most famous characters in detective fiction?  Try this quiz.  Each question is the name of a fictional detective.  Select the author who created him or her.  Answers next week.

1. Philip Marlowe

a. Robert B. Parker

b. Raymond Chandler

c. Dashiell Hammett

d. Mickey Spillane



2. Kinsey Millhone

a. Diane Mott Davidson

b. Sara Paretski

c. Susan Wittig Albert

d. Sue Grafton



3.  Auguste Dupin

a. Edgar Allen Poe

b. Georges Simenon

c. Fodor Dostoyevsky

d. Leslie Charteris



4. Jackson Brodie

a. Kate Ross

b.  J.A. Jance

c. Amanda Quick

d. Kate Atkinson




5. Sgt. Jim Chee

a. Nevada Barr

b. Robert Barnard

c. Josephine Tey

d. Tony Hillerman

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2 thoughts on “

  1. Madeline Mora-Summonte

    Hmm, okay, I’m pretty sure of these – #2 is D Sue Grafton/Kinsey Millhone and #4 is D Jackson Brodie/Kate Atkinson. After that, I’d be guessing.

    I do know how Jack Reacher got his name though. :)


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