“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Historical Mystery

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    The Warsaw Anagrams
    Richard Zimler

    Warsaw, 1941--an exhausted and elderly psychiatrist named Erik Cohen makes his way home to the...

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    The Beloved Dead
    Tony Hays

    Malgwyn ap Cuneglas was one of King Arthur’s earliest companions and now is his most trusted...

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    The School of Night
    Louis Bayard

    An ancient mystery, a lost letter, and a timeless love unleash a long-buried web of intrigue...

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    The Ronin's Mistress
    Laura Joh Rowland

    Japan, 1703. On a snowy night, 47 warriors murder the man at the center of the scandal that...

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    One True Sentence
    Craig McDonald

    Paris, 1924. A city teeming with would-be poets, writers, and painters. Hector Lassiter,...

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    The Twelfth Enchantment
    David Liss

    Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her...

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    Death Comes to Pemberley
    P.D. James

    It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley,...

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    The Cleansing Flames
    R.N. Morris

    It's Easter, 1872. Fires burn in St. Petersburg, a prelude to the revolutionary turmoil that...

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    The House of Silk
    Anthony Horowitz

    For the first time in its one-hundred-and-twenty-five-year history, the Arthur Conan Doyle...

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    The Death Instinct
    Jed Rubenfeld

    From a true and shocking event-the bombing of lower Manhattan in September 1920-Jed Rubenfeld...

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    Tokyo Year Zero
    David Peace

    It's August 1946—one year after the Japanese surrender—and women are turning up dead all over...

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    The Pale Blue Eye
    Louis Bayard

    At West Point Academy in 1830, the calm of an October evening is shattered by the discovery of...

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    Dissolution
    C. J. Sansom

    Exciting and elegantly written, Dissolution is an utterly compelling first novel and a rivetin...

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    The Gentle Axe
    R. N. Morris

    Fresh off the case of a deranged student who murdered his landlady, noted police investigator...

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    The Mysterium
    Paul Doherty

    In Paul Doherty's brilliant new novel, will Hugh Corbett find the deadly assassin stalking...

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    Occupied City
    David Peace

    On January 26, 1948, a man posing as a public health official arrives at a bank in Tokyo.  He...

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    A Vengeful Longing
    R. N. Morris

    As the laconic investigator follows a trail that begins innocently with a box of chocolates,...

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    Head Games
    Craig McDonald

    A wistful ballad of lost America rooted in borderland history and mythology. Hector Lassiter...

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    The Fiend in Human
    John MacLachlan Gray

    London, 1852: the world's capital city of crime; a city where murder and hangings are public...

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    The Devil's Company
    David Liss

    The year is 1722. Ruffian for hire, ex-boxer, and master of disguise, Weaver finds himself...

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    A Fearsome Doubt
    Charles Todd

    In 1912 Ian Rutledge watched as a man was condemned to hang for the murders of elderly women....

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    The Last Embrace
    Denise Hamilton

    Lily Kessler, a former stenographer and spy for the OSS, comes to Los Angeles to find her late...

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    Billy Boyle
    James R. Benn

    What’s a twenty-two-year-old Irish American cop who’s never been out of Massa-chusetts before...

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    The Rhetoric of Death
    Judith Rock

    Paris, 1686: When The Bishop of Marseilles discovers that his young cousin Charles du Luc,...

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    An Evil Spirit Out of the West
    Paul Doherty

    Known as the Veiled One, the ugly and deformed Akenhaten is a shadowy figure. As a child he...

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    The Black Tower
    Louis Bayard

    Vidocq! Master of disguise and chief of a newly created plainclothes police force, Vidocq is a...

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    Year of Confusion: SPQR XIII
    John Maddox Roberts

    Caius Julius Caesar, now Dictator of Rome, has decided to revise the Roman calendar, which has...

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    Nightshade
    Paul Doherty

    January 1304 and Hugh Corbett, devoted emissary of King Edward I, has been charged with yet...

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    The Palace Tiger
    Barbara Cleverly

    In northern India, Ranipur is renowned for its trove of priceless gems, its exquisite palace,...

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    The Fifth Servant
    Kenneth Wishnia

    In 1592, as the Catholic Church and the Protestants battle for control of the soul of Europe,...

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    The Name of the Rose
    Umberto Eco

    In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate a wealthy Italian abbey whose...

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    A Morbid Taste for Bones
    Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

    The ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey wants to acquire Saint Winifred's sacred remains for...

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    The Leper of Saint Giles
    Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

    Brother Cadfael sets out to visit the Saint Giles leper colony outside Shrewsbury, knowing...

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    The False Inspector Dew
    Peter Lovesey

    The year is 1921. A passionate affair between a romantic woman and her dentist has led to his...

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    Devil in Velvet
    John Dickson Carr

    Professor Nicholas Fenton enters a pact with Satan and goes back in time to bawdy, turbulent...

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    One Corpse Too Many
    Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

    An ingenious killer disposes of a strangled corpse on a battlefield. Brother Cadfael discovers...

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    An Instance of the Fingerpost
    Iain Pears

    An historical thriller set in 1660s Oxford, focusing on the death of Robert Grove, fellow of...

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    A Conspiracy of Paper
    David Liss

    Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking...

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    The Alienist
    Caleb Carr

    The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter...

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    The Apothecary Rose
    Candace Robb

    Medieval detective Owen Archer must investigate a fatal medicine administered to the English...