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Literary Crime

written by: Eve
Fiction dealing with crime and mystery has always enjoyed great popularity. Find out if you are familiar with these criminal cases, as described in famous novels.

Question 1:

In this novel the main character, Rodion Razkolnikov, who lives in St. Petersburg, murders an old pawnbroker and her younger sister, and later, gets overwhelmed by feelings of paranoia and self-loathing.
'War and Peace'
'Sleeping Murder'
'Ana Karenina'
'Crime and Punishment'

Question 2:

In this novel, American millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett is found stabbed to death during a journey. The case is investigated by detective Hercule Poarot, who is also among the passengers.
‘Fatal Vision’
‘Murder on the Orient Express’
‘A Carribean Mystery’
‘Death Upon the Nile’

Question 3:

In the novel ‘A Study In Scarlet’, the word ‘RACHE’ is written in blood on the wall of a deserted house beside a dead body. Name the literary detective who investigates the case.
Perry Mason
Drury Lane
Hercule Poirot
Sherlock Holmes

Question 4:

In this famous play Claudius murders his brother, the King of Denmark, and marries the widowed Queen Gertrude.
'King Lear'
‘The Merchant of Venice’
‘The Tempest’

Question 5:

In this novel, private eye Philip Marlowe is arrested on suspicion of the murder of Terry Lenox’s wife. After Marlowe is released, he finds out that Terry Lenox, himself, has committed suicide in Mexico. When Marlowe gets home, he finds a cryptic note from Lenox and a $5000 bill.
‘The Moving Finger’
‘The Purloined Letter’
‘The Long Goodbye’

Question 6:

In this book, based on a true story, Truman Capote recounts the murders of Herb Clutter, a rich farmer from Kansas, his wife Bonnie, his sixteen-year-old daughter Nancy, and his fifteen-year-old son, Kenyon.
‘In Cold Blood’
‘The Moving Target’
‘The Glass Key’
‘Red Harvest’

Question 7:

In this bestseller, based on a real case and written by Joe McGinnis, Jeffrey MacDonald is accused of killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters.
‘Red Harvest’
‘The Thin Man’
‘Fatal Vision’
‘The Big Knockover’

Question 8:

This author wrote ‘The Road to Gandolfo’, a story in which the former General MacKenzie Hawkins makes up an outrageous plan to kidnap the Pope and to demand a ransom of $400 million – a dollar for every Catholic in the world.
Robert Ludlum
Michael Avallone
Dan Brown
Daniel de Silva

Question 9:

This novel is narrated by the fictional character Frank Chambers, a drifter who stops at a roadside diner and meets ‘femme fatale’, Cora. After starting an affair, Cora and Frank murder Cora’s husband, Nick Papadakis, who is the owner of the diner.
‘The Postman Always Rings Twice’
‘The Partridge Family’
‘Death in the Afternoon’
‘Woman in the Dark’

Question 10:

In this novel, written by Agatha Christie, the Banty family discover in their library the dead body of a young woman. Later, the remains of another dead girl are found in a nearby quarry. Which detective investigates the case?
Hercule Poirot
Miss Jane Marple
Auguste Dupin
Father Brown


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