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Literary Detectives

written by: Eve
Try to 'uncover' the identity of these famous fictional detectives from known literary works.

Question 1:

The following words belong to a fictional private detective, created by Agatha Cristie: ‘I, who have undoubtedly the finest brain in Europe at present, can afford to be magnanimous.’
Drury Lane
John Shaft
Hercule Poirot
Perry Mason

Question 2:

This fictional detective, created by a British author and physician, delivered the following words in the short story, ‘The Boscome Valley Mystery’: ‘There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.’
Charlie Chan
Sam Spade
Philip Trent
Sherlock Holmes

Question 3:

This eccentric literary detective, who lives alone in Paris, is the creation of Edgar Allan Poe.
Paul Temple
Henry Merrivale
Hercule Poirot
Auguste Dupin

Question 4:

This fictional detective first appeared in the novel, ‘The Murder at the Vicarage’. Her motto is 'The young people think the old people are fools, but the old people know the young people are fools'.
Miss Jane Marple
Jessica Fletcher
Kate Fansler
Daphne Matthews

Question 5:

This fictional character, depicted by G. K. Chesterton, is both a detective and a Catholic priest. He addressed the following words to the reformed criminal, Flambeau: ‘Has it never struck you that a man who does next to nothing but hear men's real sins is not likely to be wholly unaware of human evil?'.
Gideon Fell
Father Roger
Father Smith
Father Brown

Question 6:

This fictional detective, described as a ‘hard and shifty fellow’, is the leading character in the novel ‘The Maltese Falcon’.
Rex Carver
Mike Hammer
Sam Spade
Philip Marlowe

Question 7:

This fictional police detective, who likes smoking pipes, is the literary creation of Georges Simenon. Unlike his assistant Leroy, he often relies on his instincts in solving cases.
Inspector Morse
Dick Tracy
Hercule Poirot
Jules Maigret

Question 8:

The name of this fictional detective from the novel, ‘The Roman Hat Mystery’ is also the pseudonym under which the two cousins, Frederick Dannay and Manfred B. Lee wrote detective fiction.
Henri Bencolin
Jim Rockford
Ellery Queen
Inspector Rebus

Question 9:

This literary private eye, who works in Southern California, was first introduced in the novel, ‘The Moving Target’.
Ellery Queen
Paul Temple
Travis McGee
Lew Archer

Question 10:

This fictional private eye made the following observation in the book, ‘The Big Sleep’: ‘Dead men are heavier than broken hearts‘.
Cliff Hardy
Phillip Marlowe
Rex Carver
Dick Tracy


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