Hi, everyone! We’re nearly finished with the book tour, and it’s been a blast. Thank you all for taking the tour with me, and I hope you’ve enjoyed meeting the fab writers and bloggers along the way.
Karen McFarland and I will get together over at her place on Wed, April 3rd, where I’ll announce the WINNER of the Whodunnit puzzle contest and giveaway. The winner will get a free ebook copy of my debut novel, Dangerous and Unseemly, and a $25 gift card of his/her choice to either Starbucks, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble! I’ll email the winner individually, too.
If you missed any of the stops or trivia questions, no worries. I’ve compiled them all here.
But first, a recap of the puzzle:
You have received a partial telegram, stating that the murdered body of Sir Reginald “Good Riddance” Crenshaw, your long-lost third cousin (twice removed) has been found. However, the rest of the message has been lost, scattered and garbled along a trail of multiple telegrams to other people by a drunk clerk at the telegraph office.
Before you can make a claim upon dear Reggie’s ill-gotten wealth, you must establish the particulars of the murder. Where was he found? What was he killed with? And, most importantly, WHODUNNIT?
HOW TO SOLVE: Look at the mystery trivia questions below. Each correct answer will give you the alphabet letter you need. You want to solve 3 puzzle pieces: which ROOM, which WEAPON, and which SUSPECT.
ROOM CLUES (4 letters, unscrambled):
Question #1 – One of the following is NOT a rule of Golden Age detective fiction, as famously listed by literary critic Ronald Knox (in a preface to a 1929 collection of detective stories). Which is it?
A) No more than one secret room or passage is allowable
B) The butler should be the culprit
C) No Chinaman must figure in the story
D) Twin brothers, and doubles generally, must not appear unless we are duly prepared for them
Question #2 – What famous fiction private eye said: “The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter”?
I) Sam Spade
J) Phillip Marlowe
K) Mickey Spillane
L) Raymond Chandler
Question #3 – This detective said: ”Warning. Assholes are closer than they appear.”
I) Charlie Chan
J) Sam Spade
K) Miss Marple
L) Ace Ventura
Question #4 – What percent cocaine solution did Sherlock Holmes inject when bored between cases?
So, was dear old Reggie killed in the…
Billiard Room (BILL)?
… or Dining Room (DINE)?
Clever, aren’t you? Okay, so now you know where Sir Reggie was dispatched, but what was he killed with?
WEAPON CLUES (4 letters, unscrambled):
Question #1 – Nancy Drew had two friends (who were probably jealous of her cool red roadster!) who acted as her sidekicks and assisted in her investigations. They were:
D) Porgy and Bess
E) Bess and George
F) George and Ned
G) John and Yoko
Question #2 – Nate the Great, a “soft-boiled” kid detective from a popular children’s series, eats a favorite food when he needs to think out a case. What is it?
Q) hot dogs
Question #3 – What trademark tune does Columbo whistle (beginning with the episode “Any Old Port in the Storm”) which the producers worked into the musical theme?
N) “I dreamed a dream”
O) “This Old Man”
P) “Star-Spangled Banner”
Q) “Hokey Pokey”
Question #4 – Agatha Christie’s detective, Hercule Poirot, favored this method of detection:
U) examining physical evidence, such as footprints and tobacco ash
V) using the little gray cells
W) beating a confession out of the murderer
X) relying on eyewitness testimony
*gasp* Oh no, was it really done with the —
Lead Pipe (PIPE)?
My oh my, you are a smart one! How about the biggest mystery of all…WHODUNNIT?
MURDERER CLUES (4 letters, unscrambled)
Question #1 – There was a mysterious incident in Agatha Christie’s life. In her early adulthood, she:
T) was accused of murdering her first husband
U) disappeared for 11 days and when she was found had no memory of the time
V) had charge of the hospital pharmaceutical dispensary, in which a large quantity of poison disappeared
W) was rumored to have an illegitimate child
Question #2 – Who were the smartest of the Scooby-Doo gang?
L) Scooby and Shaggy
M) Velma and Fred
N) Daphne and Fred
O) Batman and Robin
Question #3 – Sherlock Holmes is partly modeled after a person in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life. His name was:
O) Han Solo
P) Dr. Joseph Bell
Q) Dr. Joseph Whittingham
R) Oliver Wendell Holmes
Question #4 – Jessica Fletcher, a mystery writer/amateur detective on the long-running Murder, She Wrote, lived in which town (whose per capita murder rate would have been the despair of local real estate agents)?
J) Ann Arbor, MI
K) Intercourse, PA
L) Cabot Cove, ME
M) Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Colonel Mustard (MUST): did the upstanding retired army man do the dastardly deed?
Mr. Green (GREE): who is really behind that colorful exterior?
Professor Plum (PLUM): perhaps the professor is the passionate perpetrator.
Mrs. White (WHIT): would White wield the wicked weapon?
Miss Scarlet (SCAR): could the sexy Miss Scarlet be the secret sinner?
Mrs. Peacock (PEAC): who knows if poor old Reggie ruffled that lady’s feathers, and she committed murder most fo
Think you have the answer? Drop me a line! Send an email with your answers to kbowen (at) gmail (dot) com. Heck, email me even if you get lost and/or don’t have time to figure it out. This is all just for fun, after all. I’d love to hear from you, and I’ll put you in the drawing, too!
Catch ya later,