“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

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    A Red Herring Without Mustard
    Alan Bradley

    In the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth...

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    A Trick of the Light
    Louise Penny

    “Hearts are broken,” Lillian Dyson carefully underlined in a book. “Sweet relationships are...

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    One Was a Soldier
    Julia Spencer-Fleming

    On a warm September evening in the Millers Kill community center, five veterans sit down in...

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    The Dog Who Knew Too Much
    Peter Abrahams (as Spencer Quinn)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and...

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    The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party
    Alexander McCall Smith

    At a remote cattle post south of Gaborone two cows have been killed, and Precious Ramotswe,...

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    Stagestruck
    Peter Lovesey

    Pop diva Clarion Calhoun has packed the house with a celebrity appearance in Bath's Theatre...

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    Wicked Autumn
    G.M. Malliet

    Max Tudor has adapted well to his post as vicar of St. Edwold’s in the idyllic village of...

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    I Am Half-Sick of Shadows
    Alan Bradley

    It’s Christmastime, and the precocious Flavia de Luce—an eleven-year-old sleuth with a passion...

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    As The Pig Turns
    M. C. Beaton

    Winter Parva is a “picturesque” (touristy) Cotswold village with gift shops, a medieval market...

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    Hiss of Death
    Rita Mae Brown

    Beloved authors Rita Mae Brown and her feline co-conspirator, Sneaky Pie Brown, sow the seeds...

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    The Scent of Rain and Lightning
    Nancy Pickard

    One beautiful summer afternoon, Jody Linder receives shocking news: The man convicted of...

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    Raven Black
    Ann Cleeves

    Raven Black begins on New Year’s Eve with a lonely outcast named Magnus Tait, who stays home...

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    Bury Your Dead
    Louise Penny

    It is Winter Carnival in Quebec City, bitterly cold and surpassingly beautiful. Chief Inspecto...

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    All Mortal Flesh
    Julia Spencer-Fleming

    One horrible murder. Two people destined for love or tragedy. Emotions explode in the novel...

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    The Brutal Telling
    Louise Penny

    Chaos is coming, old son. With those words the peace of Three Pines is shattered. As families...

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    To Fetch a Thief
    Peter Abrahams (as Spencer Quinn)

    We were outnumbered, some big number against two. When it comes to numbers, two is as far as I...

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    Crouching Buzzard, Leaping Loon
    Donna Andrews

    Poor Meg Langslow. She's blessed in so many ways. Michael, her boyfriend, is a handsome,...

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    Carnage on the Committee
    Ruth Dudley Edwards

    As the judges of a literary prize chip away at the author list, someone else is chipping away...

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    You've Got Murder
    Donna Andrews

    Turing Hopper is an Artificial Intelligence Personality, a mainframe computer with a mind like...

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    The Virgin of Small Plains
    Nancy Pickard

    Small Plains, Kansas, January 23, 1987: In the midst of a deadly blizzard, eighteen-year-old...

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    Paganini's Ghost
    Paul Adam

    Paganini – showman, womanizer, dazzling virtuoso – is one of the most charismatic characters...

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    What Others Know
    L. C. Hayden

    Six years earlier Dan Springer's wife was murdered and their one month old baby disappeared....

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    Death and the Lit Chick
    G. M. Malliet

    As the wildly successful darling of the publishing industry, chick lit mystery writer Kimberle...

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    Death of a Gentle Lady
    M. C. Beaton

    Gentle by name, gentle by nature. Everyone in the sleepy Scottish town of Lochdubh adores...

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    Why Casey Had to Die
    L. C. Hayden

    Retired Detective Harry Bronson thought he had solved his first case, but now 20 years later,...

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    In a Dark House
    Deborah Crombie

    An abandoned Southwark warehouse burns next door to a women's shelter for victims of spousal...

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    Foul Matter
    Martha Grimes

    Author Paul Giverney is between publishers. Despite stratospheric sales of his books and...

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    Mummy Dearest
    Joan Hess

    After a somewhat long and, at times, strange courtship, Claire Malloy -- a single, widowed...

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    Dust
    Martha Grimes

    When an old friend pulls Richard Jury into the investigation of a wealthy bachelor’s murder,...

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    The Shooting in the Shop
    Simon Brett

    Carole Seddon hates Christmas it all seems rather a waste of time. So when her neighbour and...

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    And Then There Were None
    Agatha Christie

    "Ten . . ." Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a...

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    The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Arthur Conan Doyle

    Sir Charles Baskerville's mysterious death in the grounds of his family estate leads everyone...

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    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
    Agatha Christie

    Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first...

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    Fer-de-Lance
    Rex Stout

    As any herpetologist will tell you, the fer-de-lance is among the most dreaded snakes known to...

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    The Daughter of Time
    Josephine Tey

    Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with...

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    The League of Frightened Men
    Rex Stout

    A group of Harvard alumni asks for Wolfe's help when one of their former classmates-Paul...

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    Gaudy Night
    Dorothy L. Sayers

    When Harriet Vane attends her Oxford reunion, known as the "Gaudy," the prim academic setting...

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    A Study in Scarlet
    Arthur Conan Doyle

    When Dr John Watson takes rooms in Baker Street with amateur detective Sherlock Holmes, he has...

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    The Sign of Four
    Arthur Conan Doyle

    As a dense yellow fog swirls through the streets of London, a deep melancholy has descended on...

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    The Moving Toyshop
    Bruce Montgomery (as Edmund Crispin)

    It is late at night when poet Cadogan stumbles on the dead body of an old lady in an Oxford...