The Classic Crime Reprint Quiz

For the last two Tuesdays the British Library have been running a quiz on Twitter at 1:30pm on the titles in their Crime Classics series. I managed to take part in the first one and was pleasantly surprised to find myself as one of the answers!

Today’s post is inspired by their quiz, as I thought to myself, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we could have classic crime fiction quiz which featured titles from loads of different publishers who are reissuing out of print works?’

So that is what I decided to do! There are ten rounds within this quiz, (don’t worry they’re quite short!) and across these rounds I have managed to include reprinted mystery titles from at least 17 different publishers. I think…

I hope it will provide some amusement for those keen to test their little grey cells and that it might even introduce some readers to publishers/titles/authors they have not come across before. Who knows, you might find your next read in one of the rounds below!

I’ll post the answers some time next week. I would say the questions get progressively more difficult, with the final question being worth the most points.

Have fun!

N. B. An occasion may arise where a title has been reprinted more than once. So some titles may have more than one answer in that respect. All answers will be honoured as long as I can find the edition online. At the end of the day this is just meant to be a bit of fun!

Oh also to prevent some confusion in the main the publishers in the quiz are ones which are still operating. However, there is the odd example where this is not case, though their editions are still available in the second hand market.

Round 1 – Which of these titles has an academic or scholastic setting?

You get 1 point for each correct title and a further point if you can identify, for these titles, who reprinted each of them.

  1. The Mystery of the Skeleton Key by Bernard Cape
  2. Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay
  3. Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh
  4. The Widening Stain by Morris Bishop
  5. Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes
  6. Death at the Opera by Gladys Mitchell
  7. The Case of Sir Adam Braid by Molly Thynne
  8. The Mummy Case Mystery by Dermot Morrah

Round 2 – Below are covers for 5 reprinted titles. But which ones are they?

You get one point for identifying the title and a further point if you identify, for each title, who reprinted them.

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5.

Round 3 – Which of these titles are inverted mysteries?

You get 1 point for each correct title and a further point if you can identify, for these titles, who reprinted each of them.

  1. Family Matters by Anthony Rolls
  2. The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake
  3. Glass on the Stairs by Margaret Scherf
  4. Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull
  5. The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin
  6. Kind Hearts and Coronets by Roy Horniman
  7. Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper by Donald Henderson
  8. Death of a Queen by Christopher St John Sprigg

Round 4 – Which of these titles are set during WW2?

You get 1 point for each correct title and a further point if you can identify, for these titles, who reprinted each of them.

  1. The Nine Dark Hours by Lenore Glen Offord
  2. Nothing is the Number When You Die by Joan Fleming
  3. Murder by Matchlight by E C R Lorac
  4. The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel by Christopher Bush
  5. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
  6. The Black Rustle by Conyth Little
  7. Duck Season Death by June Wright
  8. With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare

Round 5 – Complete each reprinted title below with the correct flower/flowering plant. You get one point for each correctly completed title and a further point if you identify, for these titles, which publisher reprinted each of them.

  1. Go, Lovely _________ by Jean Potts
  2. Poison ____________ by Clyde B Clason
  3. The Mystery of the Three __________ by Augustus De Angelis
  4. The ___________ Affair by Michael Innes
  5. The Black ______________ by Elliot Paul

Words to use: Gardenia, Rose, Daffodil, Orchids, Jasmine

Round 6 – Look at the words below and decide which series of titles they come from. You get one point for identifying the author, one point for identifying the lead character in this series and a final point for identifying which publisher reprinted these titles.

Nail, Gold, Lake, Maze, Bell.

Round 7 – Complete each reprinted title below with the correct creature. You get one point for each correctly completed title and a further point if you identify, for these titles, who reprinted each of them.

  1. Cargo of __________ by Margery Allingham
  2. The Message of the Mute ___________ by Charlotte Murray
  3. _____________ in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac
  4. The Ginger _____________ Mystery by Robin Forsythe
  5. The Book of the ________________ by Elizabeth Daly

Words to use: Lion, Eagles, Bats, Cat, Dog

Round 8 – Below are 5 occupations and 5 mystery titles which have been reprinted.Match each job to the correct title. You get one point for each correct match and a further point if you identify who reprinted them.

Round 9 – Based on the settings of the titles below, put the novels in order of their distance from London, beginning with the title closest to London. You get one point for each title in the correct order and you get a further point if you identify who has reprinted them.

  1. The Cursing Stones Murder by George Bellairs
  2. It Walks By Night by John Dickson Carr
  3. Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells
  4. Common or Garden Crime by Sheila Pim
  5. Angel Death by Patricia Moyes

Round 10 – To complete the table you need to identify a title from each publisher for each of the key words.

Example: If one of the key words was corpse, I could have Corpse Diplomatique by Delano Ames for the Rue Morgue Press.

9 comments

  1. I figured this was supposed to be current mystery reprint publishers but Rue Morgue Press has been out of business for almost a decade now. Is that fair? I wasn’t sure I was supposed to include them until you directly mentioned them in one of the last questions. And their stable of authors kept turning up over and over in this puzzle.

    On the whole this was rather clever. I used to do an annual hard core mystery trivia challenge on my blog. That cover image thing reminded me of something I did for a giveaway contest I had ages ago on my blog. There were exactly two participants! That’s when I gave up on creating puzzles and contests.

    Managed to get about half of these without cheating and resorting to Google and internet searches. I confess I completely skipped over the London and its environs georpahy lesson. Pointless for someone like me who’s set foot in your country exactly three times and only twice in London.

    Hint to countdownjohn: The publisher’s name has do to with singing and songwriting.

    BTW, who wrote Answer in the Negative? Is that a Richard Hull book? Going to look it up now. It’s the only title i didn’t recognize.

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    • “…a giveaway contest I had ages ago on my blog. There were exactly two participants! ”
      That was long back, before I started reading your blog. Otherwise, there would have been three participants !

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    • In retrospect I can see how RMP might be an unfair inclusion. I guess it has just loomed so much in my own reading and was hugely important to my early GAD fiction reading, (funny to think I have only been reading GAD fiction for just under 9 years). I’ll add a note to the top of the post to give people a sort of heads up.
      I’m guessing your trivia challenges happened before I was aware of your blog. Given your vast knowledge of obscure authors I’m not sure how well I would do even now! I imagine you were would be a very good contestant on Master Mind.
      In regards to the London question only general world knowledge is needed, rather than England specific. The titles by Carr and Wells should give you something idea of distances between the locations.

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