“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

CLASSIC Historical Mystery

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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...

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Death Comes as the End
Agatha Christie

The grisly death of a priest's concubine is the prelude to a string of evil murders in Agatha...

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A.S. Byatt

Possession is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and...

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The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Laurie R. King

In 1915, Sherlock Holmes is retired and quietly engaged in the study of honeybees when a young...

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An Ancient Evil
Paul Doherty

In the first in a group of mysteries based on the Canterbury Tales, the Knight relates a...

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Slayer of Gods
Lynda S. Robinson

Armed with the certainty that Queen Nefertiti did not die of the plague but was murdered with...

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Crocodile on the Sandbank
Elizabeth Peters

Thirty-one-year-old Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody has not only inherited her father's...

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Wobble to Death
Peter Lovesey

In 1879, race walking competitions, known as “wobbles,” were all the rage. The death of a...

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Shadows of Glory
Owen Parry

In a snow-swept Northern town, Union officer Major Abel Jones struggles to solve the riddle of...

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Peter Ackroyd

In the aftermath of the great fire, eighteenth-century London is a city of extremes. Squalor...

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The Talisman Ring
Georgette Heyer

An impetuous young lady and a fugitive nobleman…
When spirited Eustacie stumble...

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The Silver Pigs
Lindsey Davis

The Silver Pigs is the classic novel which introduced readers around the world to Marcus...

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Bertie and the Tinman
Peter Lovesey

It is 1886 and the greatest of all jockeys, Fred Archer, has put his gun to his head and shot...

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Martin Cruz Smith

The year is 1872. The place is Wigan, England, a coal town where rich mine owners live lavishl...

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The Grail Murders
Paul Doherty (as Michael Clynes)

When Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, is executed for treason, the rogue Roger Shallot and solemn...

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The Trial of Elizabeth Cree
Peter Ackroyd

The year is 1880, the setting London's poor and dangerous Limehouse district, home to immigran...

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The Roaring Boy
Edward Marston

Dame Fortune has abandoned Lord Westfield's men to calamity... One member of the popular...

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The House of Death
Paul Doherty

Sweeping across the ancient world, from the sprawling army camp of the Macedonians to the...

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River of Darkness
Rennie Airth

River of Darkness introduces inspector John Madden who, in the years following World War I, is...


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