Wednesday, December 12, 2007


You have until 1 January 2008!

Please send your answers to my new special competition email address at titled Quirky Quiz.

Here we go:

1) In which book was 40 kilos of cocaine smuggled into Italy from Montenegro?

2) Which crime writer was born in Racamulto, Sicily?

3) Which crime writer died in Lausanne, Switzerland?

4) "The day was hot and stifling, without a breath of air." Is the first sentence of a crime novel set in which city?

5) What apart from writing crime fiction did Raymond Chandler and Rex Stout have in common?

6) By what name is Salvatore Lombino better known?

7) Which detective has a housekeeper named Adelina?

8) Which famous crime writer also wrote a History of the War in the Aleutians?

9) Which detective tracked down a killer known as "Pit Bull"?

10) Which crime writer worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency?

11) Who starts a novel on a diet of Lemsip and Greek yoghurt?

12) Which city had sixteen different police forces?

13) Which detective should never play cards?

Good luck. I did not say it would be easy.


Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

This is a first-class quiz.

I know a couple of these and can make good guesses at others, irreverent ones at a few more. Will you give partial credit and send a few photocopied chapters to partial winners?

P.S. I really like Sibelius' Third.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

6:34 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thank you,Peter.

If you only know a couple of answers and Maxine knows only three perhaps I made it too difficult? Super bloggers stumped!

If someone makes a really good effort say 10, 11 or 12 right I will declare a winner. Two out of 13 gets you a photocopy of a title page, and the right to remain anonymous. ;)

Did the recent ice storm swerve over to Philly to hear your Sibelius?

3:34 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Nah, we just got exceedingly whispy flurries and some rain, suitable weather for, who, Debussy, maybe?
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

1:43 AM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Well, this is far beyond my abilities; I know the answer to only ONE of the questions (bet you can guess which)! Fun idea, and I'll be interested to read all of the answers.

Happy new year!

8:23 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Happy New Year Lisa.
Question 7 it has got to be. Salvo Montalbano.
Your delicious site is ruining my diet, wonderful food!

10:41 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

My current reading has given me the answer to one more of the questions.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

11:00 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Are you sure? No doubts at all?
Happy New Year.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Beyond all reasonable doubt, yes. And happy New Year to you and yours.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

12:29 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

All right, that's it. When I get home tonight, I swallow my pride and look up the answers to all these questions.

12:31 PM  

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