The Classic Crime Reprint Quiz – The Answers!

Last week, to keep you all out of mischief, (especially JJ and Brad), I set a quiz, which had as its theme classic crime titles which have been reprinted. A common theme through all of the ten rounds was to identify who had reprinted the titles. But the quiz questions also set your little grey cells to thinking about missing words from titles, geographical locations of novels and whether or not titles are inverted mysteries.

If you missed out on the original post, click here, before reading the answers below.

A separate aim of the quiz was to introduce readers to publishers they might not have been aware of, as well as titles and authors they might like to try out. It’s been great to hear from those who have found the quiz helpful in that way.

But on with the answers, which are highlighted in bold.

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 (Harper Collins’ The Detective Club Series)
  2. Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay (British Library Crime Classics)
  3. Photo Finish by Ngaio Marsh (Felony & Mayhem)
  4. The Widening Stain by Morris Bishop (Rue Morgue Press & American Mystery Classics)
  5. Death at the President’s Lodging by Michael Innes (Agora)
  6. Death at the Opera by Gladys Mitchell (Vintage)
  7. The Case of Sir Adam Braid by Molly Thynne (Dean Street Press)
  8. The Mummy Case Mystery by Dermot Morrah (Coachwhip Publications)

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.

Cover 1 – Harper Collins’ The Detective Club series

Cover 2 – Dean Street Press

Cover 3 – Rue Morgue Press

Cover 4 – Moonstone Press

Cover 5 – British Library Crime Classics

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 (British Library Crime Classics)
  2. The Beast Must Die by Nicholas Blake (Vintage & Agora)
  3. Glass on the Stairs by Margaret Scherf (Rue Morgue Press)
  4. Murder Isn’t Easy by Richard Hull (Agora)
  5. The Long Shadow by Celia Fremlin (Faber and Faber)
  6. Kind Hearts and Coronets by Roy Horniman (Dean Street Press)
  7. Mr Bowling Buys a Newspaper by Donald Henderson (Harper Collins’ The Detective Club Series)
  8. Death of a Queen by Christopher St John Sprigg (Moonstone Press)

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 (Felony & Mayhem)
  2. Nothing is the Number When You Die by Joan Fleming (Dover Publications)
  3. Murder by Matchlight by E C R Lorac (British Library Crime Classics)
  4. The Case of the Kidnapped Colonel by Christopher Bush (Dean Street Press)
  5. A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey (Arrow)
  6. The Black Rustle by Conyth Little (Rue Morgue Press)
  7. Duck Season Death by June Wright (Dark Passage/Verse Chorus Press)
  8. With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare (Faber and Faber)

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 Rose by Jean Potts (Stark House)
  2. Poison Jasmine by Clyde B Clason (Rue Morgue Press)
  3. The Mystery of the Three Orchids by Augustus De Angelis (Puskin Press/Vertigo)
  4. The Daffodil Affair by Michael Innes (Agora)
  5. The Black Gardenia by Elliot Paul (Coachwhip Publications)

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.

All of these words come from Robert Van Gulik’s Judge Dee series, (The Chinese Nail Murders, The Chinese Gold Murders, The Chinese Lake Murders, The Chinese Maze Murders, The Chinese Bell Murders), which were reprinted by the Academy Chicago Press.

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 Eagles by Margery Allingham (Vintage & Agora)
  2. The Message of the Mute Dog by Charlotte Murray (Rue Morgue Press)
  3. Bats in the Belfry by E. C. R. Lorac (British Library Crime Classics)
  4. The Ginger Cat Mystery by Robin Forsythe (Dean Street Press)
  5. The Book of the Lion by Elizabeth Daly (Felony and Mayhem)

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 (Isle of Man) (2) (Agora)
  2. It Walks By Night by John Dickson Carr (Paris) (1) (British Library Crime Classics)
  3. Murder in the Bookshop by Carolyn Wells (New York) (4) (Harper Collins’ The Detective Club)
  4. Common or Garden Crime by Sheila Pim (Dublin) (3) (Rue Morgue Press)
  5. Angel Death by Patricia Moyes (Caribbean) (5) (Felony & Mayhem)

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.

Below are just some of the possible answers you could have had, as for some publishers there is more than one title for each key word category.

So how did you do?

 

3 comments

  1. I enjoyed the quiz and the focus on publishers – there were a couple here I haven’t really read anything from so I will have to make a greater effort to check out what they are offering and support them.

    As for my score – well, I did better than I expected but not so well as I had hoped. The important thing is that I aced the inverted section! I really should have got the Van Gulik question though…

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