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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
Hercule Poirot
John Shaft
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.’
Sherlock Holmes
Philip Trent
Sam Spade
Charlie Chan

Question 3:

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

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'.
Jessica Fletcher
Kate Fansler
Daphne Matthews
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 Roger
Father Smith
Father Brown
Gideon Fell

Question 6:

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

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.
Dick Tracy
Inspector Morse
Jules Maigret
Hercule Poirot

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.
Ellery Queen
Henri Bencolin
Inspector Rebus
Jim Rockford

Question 9:

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

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
Dick Tracy
Rex Carver


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