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Crime fiction world tour: 10-question quick quiz


First, second and third prize is a feeling of utter crime fiction satisfaction and smugness. 

1) Jo Nesbo is best known as the bestselling crime fiction author of The Snowman. But which award-winning band does the Norwegian crime author also sing lead vocals for?

2)  Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo are remembered as one of the best couples to have ever written crime fiction. Their series of ten novels set in Stockholm in the 1960s arguably gave birth to Nordic Noir. What was the name of the main character and inspector in their books?

3) Wilkie Collins was one of the 19th century pioneers that helped shape crime fiction as it is today. Sergeant Cuff, the savvy detective in Collins' classic The Moonstone, had a soft spot for what?

4) Andrea Camilleri set his hilarious tales of corruption, power play and good food in his home region of Sicily. But what was the fictional name of the town that the Italian author used as his setting for the Inspector Montalbano novels? For a bonus point, what is the actual Sicilian location for the setting of the Italian TV series featuring Luca Zingaretti as Montalbano?

5) Henning Mankell's brilliant characterization, plots and twists have afforded his novels and TV series classic status around the world. What is the name of Inspector Wallander’s deputy in the Wallander series?

6) Who is Africa’s best-selling crime fiction writer? (NB: He doesn't write in English but is widely read in English)

7) Many credit the US author with having shaped the modern crime fiction novel. Edgar Alan Poe’s most famous crime story in 1841 took place on which street? 

8) Forced into exile from his homeland, which African private detective and former police inspector lives on a houseboat in Cairo?

9) Miss Smilla's feeling for snow, by Peter Høeg, was a huge success in the early 1990s. What region of Denmark was Miss Smilla from originally?

10) Mortdecai, debonair and bad boy of the 1950s, is a pleasure to follow as he and his butler steal paintings, beat up officers of the law and screw up everything in their path. But what was the name of Charles Mortdecai’s vicious butler in Bonfiglioli’s Don’t point that thing at me?

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