Golden Aged Mysteries: Odd One Out

Recently I gave readers of my blog the challenge of guessing Agatha Christie titles based on their dust jacket designs (click here to have a go yourself) and many people rose to the occasion. Consequently I have decided to test my readers’ wits once more. This time though it is an odd one out challenge.

For each question there are three Golden Age novel titles (some aren’t quite within the time period but they are written by authors who began in the Golden Age and maintained its’ style) and one of them is the odd one out from the other two. All you have to do is in the comments section below, is write down for each question which novel is the odd one out and give a reason why.

The answers will be revealed next Thursday.

N. B. One tip I will give is that the odd one out reasons are not to do with the authors or their gender. The reasons are focused on the stories themselves.

Question 1

A) The Emperor’s Snuff Box by John Dickson Carr

B) The Tiger in the Smoke by Margery Allingham

C) Death on the Riviera by John Bude

Question 2

A) The Saltmarsh Murders by Gladys Mitchell

B) When the Wind Blows by Cyril Hare

C) Overture to Death by Ngaio Marsh

Question 3

A) Beware of Trains by Edmund Crispin

B) Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie

C) Whose Body? By Dorothy L. Sayers

Question 4

A) The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer

B) Made up to Kill by Kelley Roos

C) Opening Night by Ngaio Marsh

Question 5

A) Death at the Bar by Ngaio Marsh

B) The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin

C) Bleeding Hooks by Harriet Rutland

Question 6

A) Murder Begins At Home by Delano Ames

B) The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

C) Flowers for the Judge by Margery Allingham

Question 7

A) And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

B) The Case of the Constant Suicides by John Dickson Carr

C) The Mamo Murders by Juanita Sheridan

Question 8

A) Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

B) Death of an Airman by Christopher St John Sprigg

C) Death in the Stocks by Georgette Heyer

Question 9 

A) The Z Murders by J. Jefferson Farjeon

B) Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie

C) Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers

Question 10

A) Captain Cut throat by John Dickson Carr

B) Enter a Murderer by Ngaio Marsh

C) Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie

Question 11

A) Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell

B) The Layton Court Mystery by Anthony Berkeley

C) Blue Murder by Harriet Rutland

Question 12

A) Mystery in White by J. Jefferson Farjeon

B) Clutch of Constables by Ngaio Marsh

C) Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

Question 13

A) The Penguin Pool Murders by Stuart Palmer

B) Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie

C) A Question of Proof by Nicholas Blake

Question 14 

A) Death and the Dancing Footman by Ngaio Marsh

B) Thou Shell of Death by Nicholas Blake

C) The Man in the Queue by Josephine Tey

Question 15

A) The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

B) Light Thickens by Ngaio Marsh

C) The Studio Crime by Ianthe Jerrold

Good Luck!!



  1. This is lovely, Kate! Just give me, oh, two and a half years to get everything read, and then you can post the answers!

    Seriously, I am humbled by your prolific knowledge. Oh, and I think the answer to number ten is B. because it’s not set in the distant past. Do I win?

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    • Okay, some alarmingly specious reasoning here and I’m going by memory for those I have read and what I can recall of reviews for the ones I’ve not, but I say…

      1: The Tiger in the Smoke – doesn’t take place in France
      2: The Saltmarsh Murders – nothing to do with musicians
      3: Whose Body? – not a collection of stories
      4: The Unfinished Clue – not set in the theatre
      5: Death at the Bar – protagonist doesn’t get mixed up while on holiday (?)
      6: Flowers for the Judge – contains a sudden disappearance rather than a sudden appearance
      7: The Mamo Murders – not set in the UK
      8: Death in the Stocks – has nothing to do with aviation
      9 : The Z Murders – not a ‘cold case’
      10: Enter a Murderer – set contemporary to its publication
      11: Blue Murder – not written by a member of the Detection Club (?)
      12: Mystery in White – not based around a boat
      13: A Question of Proof – not based around an errant spouse
      14: Death and the Dancing Footman – detective doesn’t travel to another country
      15: Light Thickens – not a debut

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      • Well, some alternative answers are as follows:
        5 (B) : Murder not done by sharp instrument (dart, hook) dipped in poison.
        7 (B) : Not set in an island.
        11(C): Not the first appearance of the detective.
        13 (B): Not the first appearance of the detective.
        14 (C): Murder doesn’t take place at a house party.
        In such quiz, it is better to have at least 4 alternatives to avoid double answers.

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  2. Do you accept late entries?

    1. The Tiger in the Smoke. The other two are set on the Riviera.
    2. The Saltmarsh Murders. The other two are set during a concert.
    3. Whose Body? The other two are short story collections.
    4. The Unfinished Clue. The other two are set in a theatre.
    5. The Moving Toyshop. The other two are set in an inn, and the victim is killed with a poisoned dart through the hand.
    6. Murder Begins at Home. Not set in London.
    7. The Case of the Constant Suicides. Not set on an island.
    8. Death in the Stocks. The other two involve aeroplanes.
    9. The Z Murders. It’s a serial killer story; the other two are about poisoned old women, a niece who inherits, and a character called Lord Peter or Peter Lord.
    10. Enter a Murderer. The other two are historicals.
    11. Blue Murder. The other two are the authors’ first books, set in a country house in the 1920s; Blue Murder is Rutland’s last.
    12. Mystery in White. The other two are set on boats.
    13. Five Little Pigs. The other two are the authors’ first books (same like #11). And both involve school teachers. (Miss Williams is a governess.)
    14. The Man in the Queue. The other two are Christmas house party murders.
    15. Light Thickens. Not Marsh’s first book.

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