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April 24, 2014

Thursday Quiz: Simon Brett

We’ve been celebrating Simon Brett this week, so we thought we’d keep that theme going with the quiz. Mr. Brett is one of the funniest writers in the mystery realm: How well do you know your giggles?

    1. Blotto and Twinks are often accompanied by their intrepid chauffeur. What’s his name?
    2. What with dodging the Bad Guys, being falsely accused, and putting up with Blotto’s (admittedly endearing) ineptitude, the chauffeur rather exemplifies “long suffering.” And yet he has nothing on Charles Paris’ wife, who has spent almost 20 novels listening to her husband swear that he was turning over a new leaf, only to watch him – one book after another – get drunk, fall into bed with some nubile young lovely, and trip over at least one dead body. What’s the truly long-suffering woman’s name?
    3. In 1990 one of Mr. Brett’s rather rare non-series novels was turned into a film, starring Michael Cain and an actress that many would recognize from “Downton Abbey.” What was the novel?
    4. Mrs Melita Pargeter, a comfortably padded widow of a certain age, gets frequent and invaluable assistance from her late husband’s business associates. What was Mr. P’s line of work?
    5. Long before he began writing crime fiction, Simon Brett’s first career was in radio, at the BBC. One of his last projects there involved producing the pilot episode of a series that became enormously popular. The author of this series is known for (among other things) claiming “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they fly by.” Who’s the writer, and what was the series?

Last week’s quiz, now with an answer!



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