OK next up, trivia questions and games. We had a lot of these running during the party. Some were quick who-knows-this kinds of questions. Others were fun discussion topics. Mine tried to apply to murder mysteries - you can make yours up to apply to your book topic of course! The aim is to make them fun and interactive. Something most people could know.
Again by having the list done beforehand, it meant during the actual party I could simply cut-and-paste.
** Here's a game! How many words can you make, four letters or more, using the letters in ASPEN ALLEGATIONS?
** The heroine in Aspen Allegations is named Morgan. What other people can you think of who share this name?
** Jason is the name of the hero in Aspen Allegations. What other famous characters have this name?
** What movies, shows, and novels can you think of that feature scenes in Massachusetts?
** Aspen Allegations is all about nature. How many animals can we name that begin with the letter "A"?
** Do you guys remember Columbo? What did you think of him?
** Is anybody watching Castle? What do you think of the show?
** Brainstorming time! What would be a good name for my sequel to "Aspen Allegations"?
** Who wrote "Murder on the Orient Express"?
(what's your favorite story by her)
** Where was the Spenser for Hire series by Robert B. Parker set?
** OK talking about childhood favorites, how about Quincy! He was always questing to right some wrong.
** Who shot J. R. ?
** What's the last murder mystery novel you read?
** Who is Keyser SÃ¶ze?
** Did Han shoot first?
** Star Wars or Star Trek?
** Which Bond actor was the best?
* Rotton Tomatoes votes Citizen Kane as the best mystery movie of all time. What do you think?
** Real Life Mystery - Amelia Earhart vanished at sea. Do you think we'll ever find concrete proof of the wreckage?
** Real Life Mystery - just where is Jimmy Hoffa? Is he on a tropical island somewhere?
** Real Life Mystery - on March 18, 1990, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston was robbed of amazing paintings including fantastic works by Rembrandt and Degas. Where do you think they are now?
** Who said â€œI donâ€™t feel the need the need to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies. Thatâ€™s all.â€
-- michael corleone, godfather
** What song has the lyrics "She's a Killer Queen, gunpowder, gelatin"
(Queen killer queen)
** What song has the lyrics "Shot through the heart, and you're to blame"
(bon Jovi you give love a bad name)
** What song has the lyrics "bang bang he shot me down, bang bang I hit the ground"
(Nancy Sinatra bang bang)
** What song sings "Hit me with your best shot - fire away!"
** Who said "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"
** Where is this statement and response from? "We read five times that you were killed, in five different places." / "As you can see, it was true every single time."
- Casablanca, Berger to Laszlo
** Where is this line from? "Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed."
- north by northwest
** Where is this line from? "When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. "
-- maltese falcon / sam spade
** Do you have a dream place you'd like to visit? Somewhere you've always wanted to go?
Here's a graphic of one of the games as it was taking place. There were many more participants after this too.