Wednesday, January 02, 2008


Here are the answers to the first five questions of the Quiz, the rest will be posted later in the week in order to stretch out the agony.

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

The brilliant third book in the Guido Guerreri series Reasonable Doubts.

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

A little trick question as it was not Andrea Camilleri, but the master Leonardo Sciascia. Camilleri was born in Porto Empedocle.

3) Which crime writer died in Lausanne, Switzerland?

Georges Simenon, creator of Maigret.

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

This was another tricky question, and one contestant who knows what a devious mind set the questions made an intelligent but incorrect guess of Oslo.

It is the first sentence of "Polis, polis,potatismos", Murder at the Savoy in the English translation, by the Swedish masters of the police procedural Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, which is set in Malmo.

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

These two masters of the genre were both of Quaker descent.


Blogger Maxine Clarke said...

Thanks for posting the answers! I knew the answer to the first question but not the others --and I didn't manage to find out over Christmas so could not enter the quiz. It is very nice (and lazy!) just to read the answers like this so my curiosity is satisfied. (Please don't punish me by not posting the rest of them!)

12:39 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Of course I wouldn't Maxine. The other answers will be posted on Friday.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Next year we get our revenge: We tie you to chair, tantalizingly close to a library full of reference books, and torture you with difficult questions.
Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

9:26 PM  

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