Challenge No. 10: Vintage Crime Odd One Out

If they’re twiddling your thumbs, finding yourself at a loose end or just not in the mood to start a new read, this bank holiday weekend, cast your eyes over the Odd One Out puzzles below and see if you can find that elusive text which doesn’t fit with the rest, within each of the four options… Simple as that really. Enjoy!

Group 1

a) The Murder on the Links (1923) by Agatha Christie

b) ‘Murder in the Mews’ (1937) by Agatha Christie

c) ‘The Mystery of the Blue Jar’ (1933) by Agatha Christie

d) Crooked House (1949) by Agatha Christie


Group 2

a) Black as He’s Painted (1974) by Ngaio Marsh

b) Five Little Pigs (1942) by Agatha Christie

c) Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938) by Agatha Christie

d) The Case of the Late Pig (1937) by Margery Allingham


Group 3

a) Gaudy Night (1935) by Dorothy L. Sayers

b) The Moving Finger (1943) by Agatha Christie

c) ‘The Glyston Slander’ by Herbert Jenkins (1921) (published in Serpents in Eden (2016))

d) ‘The Image in the Mirror’ (1933) by Dorothy L. Sayers


Group 4

a) Sparkling Cyanide (1945) by Agatha Christie

b) Ordeal by Innocence (1958) by Agatha Christie

c) Sleeping Murder (1976) by Agatha Christie

d) Elephants Can Remember (1972) by Agatha Christie


Group 5

a) Lord Edgware Dies (1933) by Agatha Christie

b) Exit a Star (1941) by Kathleen Moore Knight

c) A Shilling for Candles (1936) by Josephine Tey

d) Death of Jezebel (1948) by Christianna Brand


Group 6

a) Murder at Fenwold (1930) by Christopher Bush

b) At Bertram’s Hotel (1965) by Agatha Christie

c) Excellent Intentions (1938) by Richard Hull

d) The Pale Horse (1961) by Agatha Christie


Group 7

a) Peril at End House (1932) by Agatha Christie

b) When in Rome (1970) by Ngaio Marsh

c) Murder Must Advertise (1933) by Dorothy L. Sayers

d) Last Ditch (1977) by Ngaio Marsh


Group 8

a) 4:50 From Paddington (1957) by Agatha Christie

b) Cards on the Table (1936) by Agatha Christie

c) The Body in the Library (1942) by Agatha Christie

d) The Sittaford Mystery (1931) by Agatha Christie


Group 9

a) A Caribbean Mystery (1965) by Agatha Christie

b) The Murder at the Vicarage (1930) by Agatha Christie

c) Scales of Justice (1955) by Ngaio Marsh

d) The Noose (1930) by Philip Macdonald


Group 10

a) The Clocks (1964) by Agatha Christie

b) Death of a Ghost (1934) by Margery Allingham

c) The Man in the Brown Suit (1924) by Agatha Christie

d) Murder Underground (1935) by Mavis Doriel Hay


Group 11

a) Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? (1935) by Agatha Christie

b) Third Party Risk (1953) by Nicolas Bentley

c) Whose Body? (1923) by Dorothy L. Sayers

d) Speedy Death (1929) by Gladys Mitchell


  1. This is the kind of post that I so often hope to find in my feed and so rarely do. Thank you! Based on my not-very rapid solution of #1, “obscure link” is a nice way of putting it. I’ll now go and enjoy the rest of my afternoon working these all out LOL.

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