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European Detective Fiction
Detective fiction is just as popular in continental Europe as in the English-speaking world. Luckily, the best is available in translation. This quiz is about some of the better known European crime authors and their detective creations.
This Swedish detective was the creation of the husband and wife writing team of Per Wahloo and Maj Sjowal.
Inspector Konrad Sejer is the creation of this poet and novelist who has been described as the Norwegian Queen of Crime.
Swiss dramatist and author Friedrich Dürrenmatt wrote two mystery novels featuring this Inspector of Police in Bern.
Detective Erlendur, based in Rekjavik, is the creation of this widely translated and award-winning crime novelist
Inspector Jules Maigret featured in over seventy crime novels by this Belgian writer.
Detective Kurt Wallender, based in Ystad in south Sweden, is the creation of this prolific writer.
Salvo Montalbano, created by Andrea Camilleri, is an Italian police inspector based here.
Boris Akunin's first work to appear in English was a series of historical mysteries set in late 19th century Imperial Russia. Who was the protagonist?
Erast Petrovich Fandorin
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov
Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin
Andrei Nikolayevich Bolkonsky
Which of the following European Author - Investigator pairings is not correct?
Petros Markaris and Inspector Costas Haritos
Josef Skvorecky and Lieutenant Boruvka
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán and Pepe Carvalho
Stieg Larsson and Harry Hole
Which of the following statements about French crime novelist Fred Vargas is true?
The character Commissaire Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg appears in several of Vargas' novels.
Fred Vargas is the pen-name of the (female) historian Frédérique Audoin-Rouzeau.
Vargas has had a successful career as an archaeologist.
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