Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Detect a Giveaway!

Last year was surprisingly bountiful for me as far as giveaways went. Among other things, I got a beautiful kalamkari apron from Sailu's Kitchen, Ashok Banker's Dance of Govinda from Itchy, a StyleMe giveaway via Kiran and a review copy of Chanakya's Chant by Ashwin Sanghi. I think such luck should be passed along so I'm happy to announce my first ever giveaway --

Two copies of The Reluctant Detective by Kiran Manral 
for two lucky lovers of mystery fiction!
To try for a free copy for yourself, see how many of the following fictional detectives (reluctant or not) that you can identify. Comments will not be approved for the duration of this contest and if you have problems commenting you can always mail me your answers at sunayanaroy@gmail.com . Please do not forget to mention your email id or some other contact information so that I can let you know if you've won.

Choosing Winners
  1. The names of the commentors with 4 or more correct answers will be handed to my five year old son on slips of paper and he will choose one winner. He can't read yet, so you can be sure he will be unbiased! 
  2. Those who get 10 correct answers will get two slips each in their name for the draw while those who get all twelve will have three chances.
There is one mystery prize whose rule I will explain when I announce the prize itself. :)

Go on, get cracking:

  1. This female bounty hunter of part Italian, part Hungarian descent has a propensity to have things blown up, set on fire or otherwise destroyed when she is near.
  2. Prudence Cowley wouldn’t give you two pence for tracking her down. If you’re still wondering where to look, you’ll find her by the pricking of your thumbs.
  3. Way back in the 1930s this young German lad found himself turning detective in Berlin when a stranger on a train made off with all his money.
  4. Hardboiled and philosophical, our man is not fazed by the big sleep of pornographers. Need another clue? He shares a surname with a colourful personality from Elizabethan England.
  5. Born of Edward Stratemeyer, the many cases of this young girl detective and her friends Bess and George were famously filed by ghostwriters.
  6. Single and shrewd with it, this little old lady from St Mary Mead has a particularly sharp eye for the idiosyncrasies that characterise people.
  7. This famous fictional detective has authored, anthologised as well as edited novels, short stories, anthologies and magazines from the 1920s to the ‘70s. Care to fit the hat on this Roman mystery?
  8. Guided by their F.A.T. leader, this merry band of children love uncovering mysteries, sometimes in disguise and almost always pitted against a Goon.
  9. This half Italian lawyer-turned-detective loves her morning runs in the Windy City chill. While she’s no comforting old aunty, there’s nobody you’d rather have on your side when things are at a deadlock.
  10. First featured in Le Petit Vingtième this young reporter shares a country and its language with the older and equally renowned M. Poirot.
  11. Occasionally associated with the California Fidelity insurance company, this female detective is famous for shooting her assailant from inside a dustbin.
  12. The ten books featuring this policeman not only set the tone for contemporary police literature but also relentlessly noted the changes seen in the social and political spheres of Sweden from the 1960s to ‘70s.
Contest ends on Tuesday, 7 February 2012.

30 comments:

The Reluctant Detective said...

What fun Sue. Looking forward to seeing who cracks this.

Sreetama said...

ok, so eta ekta besh tough giveaway!!!
1. Stephanie Plum
2. janina
3. Eta ki oi DD te dekhato detective series, Derrek? baba and I were avid followers
4. nope
5. nancy Drew!!
6. miss marple!!
7.no
8.secret seven (??)
9.nope
10. tintin
11.:(
12 :(

Shrabonti said...

Answering the ones I know (and adding one of my own :)

1. Prudence Cowley wouldn’t give you two pence for tracking her down. If you’re still wondering where to look, you’ll find her by the pricking of your thumbs.

A. Tuppence Beresford

2. Way back in the 1930s this young German lad found himself turning detective in Berlin when a stranger on a train made off with all his...

A. Emil

3. Born of Edward Stratemeyer, the many cases of this young girl detective and her friends Bess and George were famously filed by ghostwriters.

A. Nancy Drew

4. Single and shrewd with it, this little old lady from St Mary Mead has a particularly sharp eye for the idiosyncrasies that characterise...

A. Miss Marple

5. Guided by their F.A.T. leader, this merry band of children love uncovering mysteries, sometimes in disguise and almost always pitted against a Goon.

A. The Five Find-Outers

6. This half Italian lawyer-turned-detective loves her morning runs in the Windy City chill. While she’s no comforting old aunty, there’s nobody you’d rather have on your side when things are at a deadlock.

A. Dr Kay Scarpetta

7. First featured in Le Petit Vingtième this young reporter shares a country and its language with the older and equally renowned M. Poirot.

A. Tintin

8. Occasionally associated with the California Fidelity insurance company, this female detective is famous for shooting her assailant from inside a dustbin.

A. Kinsey Milhone

My question:

This detective, whose favourite reading is Jane Eyre, delves into books to chase felons. With a time traveller for a father, her life, sometimes, is something rotten.

Answer: Thursday Next

Rimi said...

1. Plum. Stephanie Plum.

2. Tommy and Tuppence. Easy peasy. But, I first said 'Miss Marple' here because of the telly adaptation, which put in all three Christie stars in the story. And also because I'd plum forgotten the name Prue Cowley.

3.
4. Marlowe! Philip Marlowe.

5. Nancy Drew? I can't remember the names of her pals, but 'ghostwriters' and 'girl detectives' is a big hint :-)

6. All right, Miss Marple. But then who is no. 2? Must reconsider my answer.

7. You have me there. Gosh, who could THAT be?

8. The Five Find-Outers! Nice clue, Sue ;-)

9. Bugger. No clue.

10. Tintin.

11. Sue Grafton. Alphabet mysteries, I think. I was very excited to find a female quasi-noi, but didn't end up reading even one. Odd named character -- forget the first, but the second is Miller, Millany, something like that?

8. Beck? Michael/Martin Beck? Haven't read his books either, but the name came up when I was googling for more Swedish crime/noi stuff post Steig Larsson's trilogy.

Rimi said...

Kensey! That's her first name. No. 11.

AA_Mom said...

Very tastefully done Sue, Good way to encourage your friend :) so let me try

1. Stephanie Plum
2. Tommy and tupence – Agatha Christie
3. ??
4. Bernie Gunther (?)
5. Oh my dear the one and only Nancy Drew – my most favourite detective as a kid
6. Miss Marple
7. Murder she wrote – Jessica Fletcher
8. Fredrick Algernon Trotville – the first detective series I ever read – Enid Blyton’s The five find outers
9. ??
10. Tintin
11. Kinsey Millhone (?)
12. Kurt Wallander (?)

I may be wrong but I so expected Poirot and Sherlock Holmes to be here.

Rimi said...

I've worked out 7! Although, alas, too late for the rest of my set. I chewed and chewed 'roman hat' -- and kept trying to fit English/European detectives, till I started thinking, roman hat, centurion, empires, kingdoms, royalty... Ellery Queen!

Did I get that right?

Also, I wish you'd put in Inspector Morse. If anyone's a reluctant detective, he is. Frequently, he dodges and ducks and drinks too much, and tries his best not to think of the case at hand :-)

supriya said...

1. Stephanie Plum created by Janet Evanovich
2. ‘Tuppence’ from the Tommy and Tuppence pair created by Agatha Christie
3. Emil, from Emil and the Detectives written by Rudolf Kastner
4. Philip Marlowe created by Raymond Chandler
5. Nancy Drew series created by Edward Stratemeyer
6. Miss Jane Marple created by Agatha Christie
7. Ellery Queen
8. Five Finders-Out, created by Enid Blyton
9. V. I. Warshawski created by Sara Paretsky
10. Tintin created by Hergé
11. Kinsey Millhone created by Sue Grafton
12. Kurt Wallander created by Henning Mankell

Time taken: 5 minutes. But if I post this, won't that be a giveaway? Supriya Chaudhuri

Sue said...

You're doing very well, people. I freely confess I would have been totally at sea if it weren't for Vicky and even more, my mother, who introduced me to a great many of the detectives on this list.

Shrabonti -- I'll add your question to the list when I publish the answers next week.

A_A Mom -- Oh, you never know where those two gentlemen will show up... More than that I cannot say now but be patient. :)

Rimi -- *Most* impressed at your ingenuity.

Karishma -- Good going. :)

Supriyadi -- Well done! Now do make my day and get that last one too?

palsworld said...

1. Stephanie Plum

2. Agatha Christie

3. Bernhard Gunther

4. Philip Marlowe

5. Nancy Drew

6. Miss Marple

7. Ellery Queen

8. Five Find-Outers and Dog

9. V. I. Warshawski

10. Tintin

11. Kinsey Millhone

12. Martin Beck

eve's lungs said...

No 6 - Miss Marple ( duh)
No.8 - The five Find Outers
10 - Tintin
12. Mankell's Wallender ?
5 . mothered the nancy drew series ?
2 sheesh - is that Tuppence from Agatha Christie ?
4. Marlowe - the Big Sleep - Raymond Chandler

That's done .

A and A said...

Very nice! Never commented on this blog but liked the challenge. Here are my Answers

1. Stephanie Plum - Created By Janet Evanovich

2. Tuppence - is known as Prudence Cowley in Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie

3.Emil and the Detectives - Created By Erich Kästner

4. Philip Marlowe - Created By Raymond Chandler

5. Nancy Drew - Created By Edward Stratemeyer

6. Miss Jane Marple - Created By Agatha Christie

7. Ellery Queen - Created By Dannay and Lee

8.Frederick Algernon "Fatty" Trotteville,Laurence "Larry" Daykin,Margaret "Daisy" Daykin,Philip "Pip" Hilton ,Elizabeth "Bets" Hilton,Buster - Created By Enid Blyton

9. Victoria Iphigenia “Vic” “V. I.” Warshawski - Created By Sara Paretsky.

10. Tintin - Created By Georges Prosper Remi (Hergé)

11.Kinsey Millhone- Created By Sue Grafton

12. Martin Beck - Created By Sjöwall and Wahlöö

Sreyashi Dastidar said...

1 Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich)
2 Tuppence (Agatha Christie)
3 Emil (of Emil and the Detectives)
4 Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep)
5 Nancy Drew
6 Miss Marple
7 Ellery Queen
8 The Five Find-Outers (EB)
9 V.I. Warshawski (Sarah Paretsky)
10 Tintin
11 Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton)
12 Kurt Wallander

Arse Poetica said...

1.Stephanie Plum (not very sure, But I read something about Heigl doing this and the ancestry)
2.Tuppence (of Tommy and Tuppence)
3.Emil
4.Philip Marlowe
5.Nancy Drew
6.Miss Marple
7.Ellery Queen
8.The Five Find Outers (and Dog)
9.Vic Warshawski (I saw the film, it's a guess)
10.Tintin
11.Kinsey Millhone
12. Martin Beck

And this means my course in crime fiction was worthwhile I hope!

Trismegistus said...

Hello.

Here are my answers. I hope they're correct.

1.
2. Tuppence of the Tommy & Tuppence combination (Agatha Christie).
3.
4. Philip Marlowe (Raymond Chandler).
5.
6. Jane Marple (Agatha Christie).
7. Ellery Queen (Ellery Queen).
8. The Five Find-Outers (Enid Blyton).
9. Vicki Warshawski (Sara Paretsky). She's half Polish,not Italian, if the name is anything to go by.
10.Tintin (Herge).
11.
12.

My e-mail address is somnath_bs@yahoo.com.

Teleute said...

1. Stephanie Plum
2. Tuppence Beresford
3.
4. Philip Marlowe
5. Nancy Drew
6. Jane Marple
7.
8. The Five Find Outers
9. V.I. Warshawski
10. Tintin
11. Kinsey Milhone
12. Martin Beck

shub said...

5. Nancy Drew
6. Miss Marple
8. The Five find-outers
10. Tintin!

I'm waiting to be introduced to the rest, or go 'Oh snap!'

Enjoyed this one, Sue.

Rimi said...

Free association is a wonderful thing ;-)

Pepper said...

Okay, here we go. After some amount of thinking..

1. Stephanie Plum
2. Tuppence
3. Emil
4. Philip Marlowe
5. Nancy Drew
6. Miss Marple
7. Ellery Queen
8. Five Find-Outers
9. Warshawski
10. Tintin
11. Kinsey Millhone
12. Martin Beck

Did I 'crack' it? Can't wait for the results now :D

Pepper said...

I forgot to mention my email ID
It is: talk2pepper@gmail.com

Dea-chan said...

Ah man, I only know Nancy Drew and the Agatha Crystie Murder She Wrote lady played by Angela Lansbury.

Have you read Cadfael by Ellis Peters? He's a crusader-turned-monk who solves murder mysteries in 12th century England. The filmed versions have Derek Jacobi, who is excellent.

Suchismita said...

I'm mailing you my list because I didn't want to spoil the fun for others.

Anonymous said...

Very tough questions...I am embarassed to say that I have heard of only 6 of them...gotta catch up on the rest!!!
Stephanie Plum
Tuppence (of Tommy and Tuppence)
Emil Tischbein
Philip Marlowe
Nancy Drew
Miss Marple
Ellery Queen
Five Find-Outers
V. I Warshawski
Tintin
Kinsey Millhone
Martin Beck

- Nidhi

shrinidhi dot rai at gmail dot com

Cee Kay said...

Good God!! If I answered any of these, it would only be with the help of Mr. Google. I do know some but have no idea about the others.

Preeti said...

Am late by a day ... but am still going to put in an attempt
1. Stephanie Plum
2. Tommy & Tuppence
3. Emil?
4. Philip Marlowe
5. Nancy Drew
6. Miss. Marple
7. Ellery Queen
8. The Five Findouters- Enid Blyton
9. V.(for Victoria) I.(for Iphigenia) Warshawski
10. Tintin
11. Kinsey Millhone
12. Martin Beck

littlethisandthat said...

Why did you stop writing the Lake Garden series?

The Reluctant Detective said...

So, Sue, do we have a winner?

Anonymous said...

Ok - my attempt. Am not sure of all the answers - but like a good student should at a test - am attempting everyone of them :D 1. Stephanie Plum 2. Tuppence (and Tommy) Beresford 3. Bernie Gunther 4. Philip Marlowe 5. Nancy Drew 6. Miss Marple 7. Ellery Queen 8. Five Find Outers 9. V.I. Warshawski 10. Tintin 11. Kinsey Milhone 12. Martin Beck If you tell us which ones are wrong - do we get another shot at this? A retest? :D

- Peccavi

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue, Puting in my answers & crossing my fingers :-) 1. Stephanie Plum 2. Tuppence 3. Bernie Gunther 4. Philip Marlowe 5. Nancy Drew 6. Miss Marple 7. Way over my head 8. The Five find-outers 9. Victoria Iphigenia Warshawski (Vic) 10. Tintin 11. Kinsey Millhone 12. Kurt Wallander

- The Aquarian

Sue said...

Littlethisandthat -- I didn't mean to. In fact, I have several ideas for episodes in my head right now. I just need to get them down. I will, I really will!