A publicist for the film -- which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the legendary detective and Jude Law as his trusted ally Watson -- contacted my New England Sisters in Crime Chapter last week to see if we'd be interested in distributing a few goodies connected with the movie to our members at the holiday party. She even offered the fun quiz below as entertainment.
It was such a hit I thought you would enjoy it, too -- and it might help jumpstart any creative brain cells that have been "mysteriously" fogged by too much holiday sugar.
The publicist is offering to send a "Sherlock Holmes" movie gift pack to the first five people who send 10 correct answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. And yes, I realize you probably could track down the answers with your favorite search engine, but would that truly prove your expertise in the mystery genre?
(UPDATE-- The mystery trivia winners were Mack Lundy, Helen Sandoval, Stephanie Hanville, Marco Connelli and Rick Helms)
The game is on (and don't forget that "Sherlock Holmes" opens on Christmas Day)!
1. Many mystery buffs grew up reading the adventures of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and other teen sleuths. What was Nancy’s first case?
A. The Hidden Staircase B. The Password to Larkspur Lane2. Who is the author of the classic mysteries featuring Father Brown as the detective-hero?
C. The Secret of the Old Clock D. The Message in the Hollow Oak
A. Ellis Peters B. G.K. ChestertonC. Hilaire Belloc D. Emile Gaboriau
3. What detective did Denzel Washington portray in the 1995 film "Devil in a Blue Dress"?
A. Lovejoy B. Mike Hammer4. The feature film "Heavenly Creatures" is based on an actual crime committed by a popular mystery writer during the 1950s while she was in her teens. Who is she?
C. Hoke Moseley D. Easy Rawlins
A. Anne Perry B. Martha Grimes5. The best friend and frequent partner of Robert B. Parker’s Boston-based private investigator Spenser is named for an animal. Who is he?
C. Mary Higgins Clark D. Alafair Burke
A. Ferret B. Hawk6. What pen name did Agatha Christie write romance novels under?
C. Tiger D. Snake
A. Theresa Neele B. Mary Westmacott7. Edgar Allen Poe’s first editor position was at which magazine?
C. Clarissa Christie D. Agatha Miller
A. New York Evening Mirror B. Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine
C. Southern Literary Messenger D. Graham’s Magazine8. What was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s profession before writing?
A. Physician B. Professor9. In Sherlock Holmes, what is Dr. Watson’s middle inital?
C. Banker D. Priest
A. J. B. H.10. What is the name of the ship that the Maltese Falcon is delivered on?
C. P. D. M.
A. La Nina B. La PalermoSend your answers to Pat@Patremick.com and the first five to get them all right will recieve the "Sherlock Holmes" gift pack -- T-shirt, keychain, iPod skin and mini poster. CONTEST IS CLOSED...ANSWERS IN COMMENT SECTION
C. La Paca D. La Paloma