Thursday, November 28, 2019



Quiz #4

Geography: Where in the world is each series set?
(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)

1. Millenium series                                               a. Cuba
2. Dr. Hoffman mystery series                            b. Iceland
3. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series        c. France
4. Lavender Ladies Detective Agency series      d. India
5. Yellowthread Street mystery series                 e. Spain
6. Darko Dawson mysteries                                 f. Turkey
7. Hamish MacBeth mysteries                             g. Wales
8. Thora Gudmundsdottir series                          h. Denmark
9. Hat Shop mysteries                                          i. Australia
10.Reverend Mother series                                  j. Egypt
11.Phryne Fisher mysteries                                  k. Canada
12.Baby Ganesh mysteries                                  l. England
13.Guido Brunetti mysteries                               m. Africa
14.Aimee Leduc Investigations                           n. Ireland
15.Kati Hirschel Istanbul mysteries                     o. Italy
16.Constable Evans mysteries                             p. China
17.Inspector Alvarez mysteries                           q. Scotland
18.Department Q series                                       r. Germany
19.Amelia Peabody mystery series                      s. Finland
20.Havana Mysteries                                           t. Sweden


1/t, 2/r, 3/k, 4/s, 5/p, 6/m, 7/q, 8/b, 9/l, 10/n,
11/i, 12/d, 13/o, 14/c, 15/f, 16/g, 17/e, 18/h, 19/j, 20/a

Saturday, November 23, 2019



Quiz #3

Cozy Duos: Sleuth/Profession Matchups

Match the amateur sleuth up with their ‘real-life’ profession

(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)

1. Stephanie Plum                      a. K9 police officer
2. Flavia de Luce                        b. puzzle lady
3. Teddy Bentley                        c. baker
4. Hannah Swenson                   d. postmistress
5. Megan Luz                             e. novelist
6. Lena London                          f. bookmobile librarian
7. Stacy Graysin                         g. reporter
8. Andy Carpenter                      h. chef
9. Cassie Miller                          i. ballroom dance instructor
10.Lucy Stone                            j. lawyer
11.Cleo Watkins                         k. ghosthunter
12.Olivia Paras                           l. zookeeper
13.Jessica Fletcher                     m. child
14.Cora Felton                            n. bounty hunter
15.Emily Andrew-Miceli           o. writer’s apprentice
16.M. J. Holliday                        p. tour guide


1/n, 2/m, 3/l, 4/c, 5/a, 6/o, 7/i, 8/j, 9/d, 10/g, 11/f, 12/h, 13/e, 14/b, 15/p, 16/k

Monday, November 18, 2019



Quiz #2

(No googling—try to see how many you can answer before you peek J)

  1)  Who is called ‘The Skeleton Detective’?
a.    Jesse Stone
b.    Gideon Oliver
c.    Travis McGee
d.    Tom Barnaby

  2)   Which mystery writer created Miss Jane Marple?
a.   Robert Ludlum
b.   Agatha Christie
c.   Mary Higgins Clark
d.   Dorothy L. Sayers

  3)  Who is the love interest of Lord Peter Wimsey?
a.   Kay Scarpetta
b.   Julia Ogden
c.   Joyce Barnaby
d.   Harriet Vane

  4)  What was author Dick Francis’ profession?
a.  Jockey
b.  Horse trainer
c.  Bookie
d.  Race track manager

  5)   Under what pseudonym did Agatha Christie write romances?
a.    Patricia Highsmith
b.    Mary Westmacott
c.    Val McDermid
d.    Ruth Rendell

  6)  Who wrote the Perry Mason novels?
a.   Erle Stanley Gardner
b.   Jeffery Deaver
c.   Mickey Spillane
d.   Dennis Lehane

  7)   Who was the archnemisis of Sherlock Holmes?
a.   Professor Zoom
b.   Lex Luther
c.   Professor Moriarty
d.   Dr. Watson

  8)  What does J.B. stand for from Murder She Wrote?
a.   Jessica Bernadette
b.   Jennifer Bianca
c.   Jennifer Bridget
d.   Jessica Beatrice

  9)   Who was Agatha Christie’s 2nd husband?
a.   Max Mallowan
b.   Bill Pronzini
c.   Dominick Dunne
d.   Michael Connelly

 10)  What was the name of the detective in G.K. Chesterton’s mysteries?
a.   Brother Cadfael
b.   Rabbi David Small
c.   Father Brown
d.   Father Townsend

 11)  Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee wrote under what pen name?
a.   Ian Fleming
b.   Elmore Leonard
c.   Alfred Hitchcock
d.   Ellery Queen

 12)  Who continued the Nero Wolfe novels?
a.   Jeffery Deaver
b.   Robert Goldsborough
c.   J.A. Konrath
d.   G.K. Chesterton

 13)  Who wrote the U.S. Marshall Raylan Givens series?
a.   Harlan Coben
b.   Tom Clancy
c.    Elmore Leonard
d.    Raymond Chandler

 14)  Who wrote the Detective William Murdoch mysteries?
a.   Maureen Jennings
b.   P.D. James
c.   Sara Paretsky
d.   Kerry Greenwood

15)  Who wrote the Eddie Shoes mysteries?
a.   Louise Penny
b.   Tana French
c.   Sue Grafton
d.   Elena Hartwell



1/b, 2/b, 3/d, 4/a, 5/b, 6/a, 7/c, 8/d, 9/a, 10/c, 11/d, 12/b, 13/c, 14/a, 15/d

Wednesday, November 13, 2019



Quiz #1

DUOS: Author/Sleuth Matchups
(No googling—try to see how many you can match up before you peek J)

1. Lee Child
2. Agatha Christie
3. Lori Rader Day
4. Marcia Muller
5. Robert Ludlum          
6. Janet Evanovich
7. Dan Brown
8. Ellie Oberth
9. Sharyn McCrumb
10.Marcia Clark
11. A.A. Fair
12.Elena Hartwell
13.Michael Black
14.Victoria Thompson
15.Sara Paretsky

 a.  Anna Winger
b.   Jazz Kincaid
c. Jason Bourne
d. Elizabeth MacPherson
e. Stephanie Plum
f. Eddie Shoes
g. Sarah Brandt
h. Ron Shade
i. Sharon McCone
j. Rachel Knight
k. V.I. Warshawski
l. Bertha Cool & Donald Lam
m. Jack Reacher
n. Tommy & Tuppence Beresford
o. Robert Langdon


1/m, 2/n, 3/a, 4/i, 5/c, 6/e, 7/o, 8/b, 9/d, 10/j, 11/l, 12/f, 13/h, 14/g, 15/k

Friday, November 8, 2019



Most common fears people share:

Glossophobia – Fear of public speaking.

Acrophobia – Fear of heights.

Agoraphobia – An extreme avoidance of situations that could cause panic; a person perceives their environment to be unsafe. This explains why we relate agoraphobia with being afraid to leave your home—your safe environment that you have control over.

Claustrophobia – Fear of confined spaces.

Coulrophobia – Fear of clowns.

Nyctophobia - Fear of the dark.

More fears:

Kakorrhaphiophobia – Fear of failure

Autophobia – Fear of being alone.

Gamophobia – Fear of marriage.

Placophobia – Fear of tombstones.

Wiccaphobia – Fear of witches and witchcraft.

Xenophobia – Fear of strangers or foreigners.

Dystychiphobia – Fear of accidents.

Phobophobia – Fear of phobias.

Harpaxophobia - Fear of being robbed.

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia - Fear of the number 666.

Phobias you really don't want to have:

Chrometophobia - Fear of money.

Chionophobia - Fear of snow (living in Chicago, this is a no-no for sure!)

Mageirocophobia - Fear of cooking (someone's got to do it!)

Cyberphobia - Fear of computers.

Phobias writers don't want to have:

Graphophobia - Fear of writing or handwriting.

Peccatophobia - Fear of sinning or imaginary crimes (As a mystery writer, I sure can't be afraid of my imaginary murders!)

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - Fear of long words (which is kind of ironic since this is one of the longest words in history!!)

Phobias I have fun with in my books:

Consecotaleophobia - Fear of chopsticks.

Pupaphobia - Fear of puppets.

Modern Phobia:

Nomophobia - Fear of being without your cellphone or being unable to use your cellphone for any reason (absence of a signal, running out of battery charge or minutes...)

And the phobia that says it all:

Panophobia - The fear of everything!

Sunday, November 3, 2019


Obscure Words
As authors, we try to expand our vocabulary by using interesting words.
Or to put it obscurely: As wordmongers, we endeavor to elevate our lexicon by utilizing riveting jargon.

When it comes to words, we have a lot of choices to make. What we say and how we say it, drives our story.

Going for a fresh approach? Below is a list of seldom used words and expressions for your perusal:

Comfoozled: Utter exhaustion.

Croochie-Proochles: The feeling of discomfort or fidgetiness that comes from sitting in a cramped position. (Scots dialect)

Dunandunate: To learn a word and then use it incessantly. Definitely to be avoided when writing your books.

Epeolatry: The worship of words. All writers should emulate this!
Falsiloquence: Lying, deceitful speech.
Famsqueeze: Throttle with your bare hands (Victorian)
Fang-Faker: Victorian slang for a dentist.
Fatiloquent: Prophetic. (From Latin - Archaic)

Fat-sorrow: Sorrow alleviated by riches—simply put, sadness alleviated by material things. In modern times, there is a criminal defense called ‘Affluenza’. Money buys privilege and the culprit doesn’t recognize the consequences of his/her actions.

Grawlix: A series of typographical symbols  (such as #$!) used in text as a replacement for profanity. (American 1976)

Griffonage: A careless handwriting; a crude illegible scrawl. (French) Something doctors learn in school?

Gwenders: A disagreeable tingling sensation in the extremities, caused by cold; numbness of the fingers or toes. (Cornwall)
Habromania: A morbid impulse toward gaiety. A form of delusional insanity in which the imaginings assume a cheerful or joyous character.

Hangy-bangy: A good-for-nothing.

Horror Vacui: The dislike of leaving an empty space anywhere—like on a wall or in furnishing a room. (Latin)

Huckmuck: Feeling of confusion caused by things not being in their right place. (English dialect)

Nebbish: Innocuous or ineffectual. (Yiddish)

Nikhedonia: The feeling of excitement or elation that comes from anticipating success. (Greek)

Persiflage: Frivolous, light-hearted talk. (Mid 18th century French)

Petrichor: Earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil. (Greek)

Prolix: Unduly prolonged or drawn out. (late Middle English from Old French & Latin) Again, don’t do this with your books! Avoid, avoid, avoid…

Presque-Vu: Almost seen. Refers to the sensation of forgetting or not be able to remember something, but feeling that you could remember it any minute. (French)

Tmesis: Cutting a word in two and sticking another word in the middle. As in abso-frigging-lutely. (Greek)

Tyrotoxism: Poisoning by cheese or any milk product. (Greek) This is definitely making it into one of my stories!

Yarborough: A hand of cards containing no card above a nine. (early 20th century English) Who knew there was a term for this phenomenon? That happens all too often at the blackjack tables!

Xertz: To gulp down quickly and greedily. (unknown origin) For all you Scrabble enthusiasts!

Ulotrichous: Having wooly or curly hair (New Latin) Great word to use when describing your character—I’ll bet no one else will be using it!

Zoanthropy: Delusion of a person who believes himself changed into an animal. (Latin/Greek)