British Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck

British Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck
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British Mysteries: Authors and Sleuths; A Quiz Deck
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With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4".

By Linda Osborne, Library of Congress.

ISBN 9780764958007

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From Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, Dorothy Sayers’s Peter Wimsey to Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse, British mystery authors and their detectives have intrigued readers worldwide for more than a century. In the 1920s and 1930s, what many consider the typical British mystery was in vogue: a quiet country village; murder most foul; a clever, genteel sleuth; and a sometimes startling denouement—often told in a lighthearted tone. Fast-forward to the 1960s and enter the complex, brooding inspector, courtesy of such authors as P. D. James. No bons mots for these crime solvers—they prefer a bit of angst with their murders.

This quiz deck of 48 cards will challenge the knowledge of every British mystery lover. From the earliest forensics-based tales of R. Austin Freeman to the witty gems of the Golden Age to the darker socially aware novels of today, see how many mysteries you can solve. Happy sleuthing!


Sample Card Text

This Belgian-born detective has the distinction of being the only fictitious person to have his obituary printed on the front page of the New York Times. Who was he?

Answer On August 6, 1975, the New York Times printed an obituary for Hercule Poirot, after he passed away due to complications from a heart condition at the end of Agatha Christie’s (1890–1976) novel Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case. Poirot is Christie’s most famous sleuth, with the possible exception of Miss Marple. Debuting in The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), Poirot would go on to star in thirty-three of her novels and fifty-four of her short stories. “I could see him as a tidy little man, always arranging things, liking things in pairs, liking things square instead of round. And he should be brainy,” Christie wrote. “He should have little gray cells of the mind.” Poirot was a police officer turned detective, cracking cases in blockbuster mysteries, including Murder on the Orient Express (1934) and Death on the Nile (1937). Known by readers for his meticulous and elegant solving style, he also possessed a healthy confidence. He would be the first to title himself “the greatest mind in Europe.”