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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.’
Perry Mason
John Shaft
Hercule Poirot
Drury Lane

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.’
Philip Trent
Sam Spade
Charlie Chan
Sherlock Holmes

Question 3:

This eccentric literary detective, who lives alone in Paris, is the creation of Edgar Allan Poe.
Henry Merrivale
Paul Temple
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'.
Kate Fansler
Daphne Matthews
Jessica Fletcher
Miss Jane Marple

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?'.
Father Brown
Gideon Fell
Father Smith
Father Roger

Question 6:

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

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.
Jules Maigret
Dick Tracy
Hercule Poirot
Inspector Morse

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.
Inspector Rebus
Henri Bencolin
Ellery Queen
Jim Rockford

Question 9:

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

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
Dick Tracy
Rex Carver
Phillip Marlowe


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