Wednesday, January 07, 2009


3] Which crime writers were:

a) a tank commander: Charles Willeford
c) an English, Games and History school teacher: Gladys Mitchell
d) a Gordon Highlander: Raymond Chandler
e) given a 20 year sentence for armed robbery: Chester Himes
f) a theatre director in East Africa: Henning Mankell
e) struck down by Blackwater Fever in West Africa: Richard Austin Freeman
f) born in Racamulto, Sicily: Leonardo Sciascia

4] What is the connection between a Cardboard box, and Engineer's thumb and a Greek interpreter ?

They are all Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb in Strand Magazine March 1892.
The Cardboard Box in Strand Magazine January 1893
The Greek Interpreter in Strand Magazine in September 1893.

5] What links a Swiss opium addict, a British navy commander and a fictional Swedish detective?

Friedrich Glauser, the Swiss crime writer was addicted to opium. One of Germany's major crime fiction prizes is called the Glauser Prize.

Ian Fleming was a British naval commander. A prize the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger is awarded by the British Crime Writer's Association for the best crime thriller of the year.

The Swedish Crime Writer's prize for translated fiction is named the Martin Beck Prize. Martin Beck is the fictional detective who features in the ten book collection by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo.

[to be continued] 


Blogger iasa said...

Ah, those pesky award questions stump me everytime.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Mack said...

OK, I'm starting to see how Norm's mind works.

Let me try one:

What is the connection between Doctor Who, a mysterious disappearance, and a self-described short, balding, retired health care professional.

4:12 PM  
Blogger J. Kingston Pierce said...

Hey, Norman:

Sorry to be contacting you via the Comments section of your blog, but I don't find an e-mail address for you anyplace else.

I just want to let you know that I'm tagging you for the latest Web meme, this one asking that blog authors list 16 random but interesting facts about themselves. The Rap Sheet post in which I mention this tagging can be found here:

I hope you find the time to play along.


4:37 PM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Mack, I am no good at the sharp end of the needle. I can do the easy part of setting the questions but as for answering them.....

Mysterious disappearance....Agatha Christie

short balding very retired health care professional...Me?

Dr Who.......??????

Help!!!!! This needs some thought. Back later.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Mack the current Dr Who played Eddington in Einstein and Eddington. No...

Agatha Christie was born in Torquay Devon.
William Hartnell the first Dr who spent childhood holidays in Devon where his mother s family were farmers.
I live in Devon.



12:57 AM  
Blogger Roger Morris said...

Norman - Like Jeff, I'm sorry to contact you through your comments section. Thanks for all your support with A Vengeful Longing. To celebrate the paperback launch (today) I am giving away some free copies through my blog

I wondered if your readers would be interested? If you could flag it up, that would be great!

2:55 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Jeff- 16 random but interesting facts about themselves???? I am not an exciting writer or journalist just a boring retired dentist, so I will have track my brain for something beyond the mundane.

Thanks for the mention on The Rap Sheet.

5:26 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Roger of course I will flag it up and link it with my review for Euro Crime. Good luck with the launch.

5:28 AM  
Blogger Mack said...


You got it, though your answer is better than mine. :) I love the bit about William Hartnell spending childhood holidays in Devon.

Kerrie's reviews of Agatha Christie had that author on my mind and, being a fan of The Doctor, the question popped into my mind.

As you noted, Agatha Christie was born in Devon and you live in Devon. Doctor Who met Agatha Christie in the episode, The Unicorn and the Wasp. It also explained Agatha's disappearance - she gets amnesia after suffering a trauma in the show.



6:57 AM  
Blogger Uriah Robinson said...

Thanks Mack you made my day. That was good question but my answer has earned me the right to set another [shorter ]quiz some time. :O)

7:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a fiendishly fascinating comments thread!
Of the answers in this post, I only got 3b - Helene Tursten as dentist. Poor me.

My daughters watched the "Agatha Christie" episode of Dr Who at the weekend. One of them read A Writer's Tale by Russell T Davies at Christmas, so as a result spent her Christmas money on "box set of series 4". (Already watched on live TV.) I was half-listening to the episode, and was amused that Russell T. D. had incoroprated a large number of Agatha Christie titles into the dialogue.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Mack said...

Maxine, did you catch the bit at the end where The Doctor produces a copy of Death in the Clouds with a publication year of five billion, making Christie the most popular author ever. And in a print edition no less. One of the editions on Amazon even has a wasp on the cover.

2:49 PM  

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