“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

GOOD Historical Mystery

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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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A Duty to the Dead
Charles Todd

The daughter of a distinguished soldier‚ Bess Crawford follows in his footsteps and signs up...

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Evil for Evil
James R. Benn

Fifty Browning Automatic Rifles have been stolen from a US Army base in Northern Ireland. His ...

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The Dream of Scipio
Iain Pears

In The Dream of Scipio, the acclaimed author of An Instance of the Fingerpost intertwines...

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Black Hats
Max Allan Collins (as Patrick Culhane)

"Black Hats" is the untold story, rooted in factual speculation, of two of the most notorious...

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An Impartial Witness
Charles Todd

It is the early summer of 1917. Bess Crawford has returned to England from the trenches of...

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Swing
Rupert Holmes

In the swinging big band era, jazz saxophonist and arranger Ray Sherwood is haunted by persona...

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Still Life with Murder
P. B. Ryan

Boston 1868: The wealthy are enjoying the height of the Gilded Age--but not all are wealthy....

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The Yard Dog
Sheldon Russell

The Yard Dog takes place near the close of World War II, when a large number of Nazi POWs were...

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The Sherlockian
Graham Moore

In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines,...

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The Italian Secretary
Caleb Carr

Foul whisperings… Mycroft Holmes’s encoded message to his brother, Sherlock, is unsubtle...

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The Winter Thief
Jenny White

A bank robbery and illegal weapons lead Kamil Pasha to uncover a plan to massacre an entire...

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Bitter Tide
Ann Stamos
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The Fleet Street Murders
Charles Finch

The third book in the Charles Lenox series finds the gentleman detective trying to balance a...

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Curtains of Blood
Robert J. Randisi
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The Clerkenwell Tales
Peter Ackroyd

From the foremost contemporary chronicler of London’s history, a suspenseful novel that...

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The Parliament House
Edward Marston

London, 1670. The completion of his new project could not run more smoothly for Christopher...

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The Insane Train
Sheldon Russell

After a devastating fire at an insane asylum in California, Hook Runyon has been put in charge...

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The Sultan's Seal
Jenny White

Rich in sensuous detail, this first novel brilliantly captures the political and social...

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