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Not whodunit, who wrote it?  Part 2

Each question is the name of a fictional detective. Select the author who created him.  (Continued from a previous post.)  Answers next week.

6. Inspector Roderick Alleyn

a. P.D. James

b. Ngaio Marsh

c. Elizabeth George

d. Martha Grimes


7. James Qwilleran

a. Lillian Jackson Braun

b. M.C. Beaton

c. Charlotte MacLeod

d. Mignon F. Ballard


8. Matt Scudder

a. Earl Stanley Gardner

b. Lawrence Block

c. Rex Stout

d. John Dickson Carr


9. Father Brown

a. G. K. Chesterton

b. Colin Dexter

c. Rhys Bowen

d. Elizabeth Peters


10. Homer Kelly

a. Mary Higgins Clark

b. Marcia Muller

c. Jane Langton

d. Antonia Fraser

Not whodunit, who wrote it – answers

A quiz in the Jan. 16 post asked you to match the fictional detective with his or her author.  Here are the answers:


1. Philip Marlowe    b. Raymond Chandler

2. Kinsey Millhone    d. Sue Grafton

3.  Auguste Dupin    a. Edgar Allen Poe

4. Jackson Brodie     d. Kate Atkinson

5. Sgt. Jim Chee     d. Tony Hillerman

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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