This month the Tuesday Night Bloggers are looking at History and Mystery and already from week one the variety of posts is immense, with posts ranging from the ancient Greeks to the medieval period and beyond. Bev at My Readers’ Block is collecting posts this month so check out her blog to read hers and others’ posts for this week. Here is a link to the posts from last week. This week I decided to embrace the vastness of historical mystery fiction with a quiz, looking at historical mystery novels from the Romans to modern times. Each round has a slightly different focus and if you want to submit your answers for any or all the rounds put them in the comments section below. I’ll put the answers up later in the week.
Round 1 – Match the real life historical figures to the mystery novels they appear in.
Round 2 – Match the investigators to their creators.
Round 3 – Put these fictional sleuths in chronological order, based on the time periods their novels are set in.
- Robert Van Gulik’s Judge Dee
- Ellis Peter’s Brother Cadfael
- C. J. Sansom’s Matthew Shardlake
- Susanna Gregory’s Thomas Chaloner
- Paul Doherty’s Brother Athelstan
- Jose Carlos Somoza’s Heracles Pontor
- Matthew Pearl’s Dante Club members
- I J Parker’s Sugawara Akitada
- Michael Chabon’s Meyer Landsman
- Philip Kerr’s Bernie Gunther
- Carrie Bebris’s Elizabeth Bennet
- John Maddox Roberts’s Decius Caecillus Metellus the Younger
Round 4 – Miscellaneous Questions
- Which writer used their stage name for their penname and their amateur sleuth?
- Which novel by James Ellroy was partially inspired by his mother’s murder?
- What links all of the following stories:
- Celebrated Cases of Judge Dee trans. by Robert Van Gulik (1949 English), ‘The Mystery of Marie Roget’ by Edgar Allen Poe (1842), The Wench is Dead by Collin Dexter (1989) and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (1996).
- Guy Townsend’s To Prove a Villain (1985), Paul Doherty’s The Fate of Princes (1990) and The Plymouth Cloak (1994) by Kate Sedley.
- Special Assignments (1999) by Boris Akunin, the film A Study in Terror (1965) and Alex Scarrow’s The Candle Man (2012).
- Which of these novels is the odd one out: Martha Grimes’ The Dirty Duck (1984), M. J. Trow’s Dark Entry (2011), Charles Nicholl’s The Reckoning (1992) and The Slicing Edge of Death (1993) by Judith Cook
- Which real life mystery writer appears in George Baxt’s The Betty Davis Murder Case (1994)?