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A literary challenge: GAME ON!

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As Monsieur Poirot would say, it is time to employ the little gray cells to solve this mystery! Image courtesy of altankoman, Morguefile.

A few weeks ago, I wandered down the various paths of the WordPress Reader section and encountered a fun blogger, Halley Gentil. Halley’s blog is about the adventures of being an American living abroad and if you like travel, books or art, I recommend going over to her blog and paying a visit. You’ll enjoy it.

Halley posed an interesting art challenge on her blog. She showed three small images of famous paintings and asked readers to identify the paintings. I got the first two (it turns out that Halley and I are both Team Botticelli!) but the third stumped me.

Inspired by Halley’s example, I’m doing the same in today’s post. I have four literary samples for you to guess; see if you can get the book and the author’s name before you Google. Your clues: One is from a classic author, another is a mystery writer and the other two are modern novelists.

(Disclaimer: None of the quotes below is intended to offend, although one of them might be interpreted that way.)

Go for it! Bonus points if you can name the character without resorting to Google.

1) I am in a counting-house, and I look about me.

2) People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that’s what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is your mirror, the person who shows you everything that’s holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life. A true soul mate is probably the most important person you’ll ever meet, because they tear down your walls and smack you awake.

3) I inherited my brother’s life. Inherited his desk, his business, his gadgets, his enemies, his horses and his mistress. I inherited my brother’s life, and it nearly killed me. (Editor’s note: Best opening introduction to a book, EVER!)

4) We’re southerners. We admire little else more than we admire our family lunatics. A good southern family props up its crazies and puts them on display in the front parlor along with the best china.

Good luck. Here’s some “Murdoch Mysteries” music to get you started.


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