Quiz – Genres Timeline Crime

A new series. Each quiz focuses on a specific genre with the questions in date order – a kind of potted history genre by genre.

  • Question /

    A tale told in the One Thousand and One Nights collection is one of the earliest crime stories. What is it called?

    • The Three Apples
    • The Porter and the Three Ladies
  • Question /

    Hoffman’s Mademoiselle de Scuderi was the first detective story written in which language?

    • German
    • French
  • Question /

    What is the name of Poe’s detective who solves the mystery of the Murders in the Rue Morgue?

    • Dupin
    • Le Bon
  • Question /

    What is the name of Collins’ Woman in White?

    • Anne
    • Jane
  • Question /

    The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume is set in which Australian city?

    • Melbourne
    • Sydney
  • Question /

    In Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet how are Holmes and Watson introduced?

    • By a mutual friend
    • By Mrs Hudson
  • Question /

    How many Father Brown stories did GK Chesterton write?

    • 53
    • 35
  • Question /

    The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkely offers the reader how many plausible solutions to the crime?

    • 6
    • 15
  • Question /

    What was the 5th of Sayers’ Lord Peter Wimsey books but the first to introduce the fictional mystery writer Harriet Vane?

    • Strong Poison
    • Five Red Herrings
  • Question /

    In Christie’s Death on the Nile how is Linnet nearly killed?

    • By a falling rock
    • By a snake
  • Question /

    In Tey’s The Franchise Affair what relationship are the two suspects?

    • Mother – daughter
    • Aunt – niece
  • Question /

    Which of Allingham’s Albert Campion novels is JK Rowling’s favourite crime novel?

    • The Tiger in the Smoke
    • The Beckoning Lady
  • Question /

    The true crime novel by Capote, In Cold Blood, was researched by Capote and which famous American writer?

    • Harper Lee
    • Joan Didion
  • Question /

    Which Rendell novel begins with the most famous spoiler in crime fiction: ‘Eunice Parchman killed the Coverdale family because she could not read or write.’

    • A Judgement in Stone
    • A Demon in My View
  • Question /

    Who wrote one of the bestselling novels of the 1980s, Gorky Park?

    • Martin Cruz Smith
    • Scott Turow
  • Question /

    Finish the title of this Rankin novel from his Inspector Rebus series: The — Garden

    • Hanging
    • Poisoned
  • Question /

    What was the first book in Larsson’s Millennium series?

    • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    • The Girl who Played with Fire
  • Question /

    In Atkinson’s When Will There Be Good News which character escapes the brutal murder of her family?

    • Joanna
    • Louise
  • Question /

    Live By Night by Lehane is set in which decade of the 20th century?

    • 1920s
    • 1950s
  • Question /

    Finish the title of this crime novel by Kwei Quartey set in Ghana: The Missing —

    • American
    • German

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