First and Last Lines – A Christmas Quiz 2019 – The Answers

If you didn’t see the quiz first time round, then click here, otherwise scroll down for the answers. How many did you get? Be honest now!



















First Lines

  1. “Penny for the guy, sir?” Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie
  2. It began, as a certain man remembered it, in a house in Pompeii. The Black Spectacles (a.k.a. The Problem of the Green Capsule) by John Dickson Carr
  3. “You do see, don’t you, that she’s got to be killed?” Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie
  4. From the very beginning the Khalkis case struck a sombre note. The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
  5. Warbeck Hall is reputed to be the oldest inhabited house in Markshire. An English Murder by Cyril Hare
  6. Lije Baley had just reached his desk when he became aware of R. Sammy watching him expectantly. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
  7. “Well, the war’s done one good thing at any rate. It’s got rid of all those damned railings.” Murder by Matchlight by E. C. R. Lorac
  8. It all began one day in April when I went round to change a library book. The Colour of Murder by Julian Symons
  9. To the unwary traveller, Didcot signifies the imminence of his arrival at Oxford; to the more experienced, another half-hour at least of frustration. The Case of the Gilded Fly by Edmund Crispin
  10. In this narrative of mine I have departed from my usual practice of relating only those incidents and scenes at which I myself was present. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie

Last Lines

  1. Pour moi, every time the central heating…” Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
  2. “Tell him,” said Pettigrew happily, “to go and stick pins in himself.” With a Bare Bodkin by Cyril Hare
  3. “Just look at those two – actually holding hands! They’re rather sweet, aren’t they? We must do we all we can to make up to them for having such a dull time in the war…” N or M? by Agatha Christie
  4. “I have committed another crime, Hadley,” he said. “I have guessed the truth again.” The Three Coffins (a.k.a. The Hollow Man) by John Dickson Carr
  5. “Woof,” said Bob in energetic assent. Dumb Witness by Agatha Christie
  6.  “Sir, Our client, Lady Buntingford, instructs us most emphatically that she dispatched three undervests-” Smallbone Deceased by Michael Gilbert
  7. For as Mr Ferguson was saying at that minute in Luxor, it is not the past that matters but the future. Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
  8. “Let’s stab him and see if his ghost can come back and find out who did it.” Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
  9. In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate… Something like that. Murder in Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
  10. “That,” I said, “is Joanna’s little joke.” The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

4 thoughts on “First and Last Lines – A Christmas Quiz 2019 – The Answers”

  1. It seems my score of 11 (6 and 5) wasn’t too bad, although I did look at the checklist and had a couple of lucky guesses.


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