Friday, January 09, 2009


11] There is a convoluted crime fiction connection between a Sicilian staute made from a type of fired clay, the Reverend Theodosius Longmoor and the Comte de Guy? Explain.

All I wanted here was that Longmoor [The Black Gang] and de Guy [Bulldog Drummond] are both aliases of Sapper's arch villain Carl Peterson.

Bull Dog....Dog

Sicilian fired clay.....terracotta....Andrea Camilleri's book The Terracotta Dog....Dog

But the clever entrants taught me something by giving me extra links and reminding me part of the back story in The Terracotta Dog that takes place on the eve of the Allied invasion of Sicily in which the 'sappers' played a big part.

An entrant in Tasmania gave me a brilliantly convoluted link concerning a 'Sapper' story called No Man's Land where he talks about two men in in Malta watching the sun going down over Gozo where there is a statue by the sea....Kalkara-Saint Joseph...the work of Augustine Camilleri.

The average IQ of crime fiction aficionados must be stratospheric. 

12] Who has written crime fiction novels set in:

a) Laos: Colin Cotterill
b) Mongolia: Michael Walters
c) Tibet: Eliot Pattison
d) Oland: Johan Theorin
e) Shanghai: Qui Xiaolong
f) Fjallbacka: Camilla Lackberg
g) Bologna: Michael Dibdin and Carlo Lucarelli

13] The more common names for a small female sibling, a massive loss of consciousness and a protracted  farewell, and how are they educationally linked to a Kiwi author's detective?

Little Sister [small female sibling], The Big Sleep [massive loss of consciousness], and The Long Goodbye [protracted farewell] were all written by Raymond Chandler. Chandler was educated at Dulwich College good practice for those 'mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean'. 

Dulwich College was founded by Shakespearean actor and bear baiting franchisee Edward Alleyn. 
Dame Ngaio Marsh the distinguished New Zealand crime writer named her detective Roderick Alleyn, and her father went to Dulwich College.

I was advised by the quiz winner that Marsh's passion for Shakespeare might have had more to do with the choice of name than her father's school. I also learned that the  title The Long Goodbye [actually farewell] comes from Shakespeare-Henry VIII, Act III, Scene 2.

Well that's another quiz 'done and dusted'. Thanks again to those that were brave enough to participate. 


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