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April 10, 2014

Thursday Quiz: Fictional Coppers

If I were truly loyal to the memory of Reginald Hill, this quiz would focus on Yorkshire. But I’m a pathetically soft southerner, and a Yank at that, so this week’s quiz is instead focused on coppers. How well do you know your fictional constabulary?

    1. In Martha Grimes’ “pub” series, Richard Jury reports to Chief Supt. Racer, whose life is made miserable A) by Jury, and B) by a cat. What’s the cat’s name?
    2. Inspector Morse has a number of grand passions, including opera, real ale, and crossword puzzles. He’s also keen on cars, and drives a Jaguar…but didn’t always. What car did he drive in the series’ early novels?
    3. Morse may love opera, but for Nottingham cop Charlie Resnick, it’s jazz all the way. Plus a snack. So what does Resnick most like to eat?
    4. Laurie R. King is perhaps best known as the author of the “Beekeeper’s Apprentice” novels, featuring a woman who apprentices herself to an aging but once famous detective. However, King also writes the “Kate Martinelli” series, about a gay police officer…in what city?
    5. The Dead Sit Round in a Ring (published by Your Favorite Small Press), features London detective Stella Mooney, who has “a vicious little vodka habit,” and is generally “messy, conflicted, angry, aging, and extraordinarily interesting.” She’s a splendid character in her own right, but also tips a hat to perhaps the greatest female copper in fiction, who could be similarly described. She was created by Lynda La Plante. What’s her name?

Last week’s quiz, now with an answer! And the previous two quizzes as well.



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