“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

The Brother Cadfael Mysteries

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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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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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Monk's Hood
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)
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St. Peter's Fair
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

When a merchant bound for St. Peter's Fair is found with a slender dagger piercing his heart,...

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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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Virgin in the Ice
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

It is winter 1139 and the tranquil life in the monastery gardens in Shrewsbury is again...

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Sanctuary Sparrow
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

A young man pursued by a lynching mob seeks sanctuary at the Benedictine monastery in Shrewsbu...

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The Devil's Novice
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

In the autumn of 1140 the Benedictine monastery at Shrewsbury finds its new novice Meriet...

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Dead Man's Ransom
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

The year is 1141 and civil war continues to rage. When the sheriff of Shropshire is taken...

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Pilgrim of Hate
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

Pilgrims are gathering from far and wide to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the translatio...

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An Excellent Mystery
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

In the year of our Lord 1141, August comes in golden as a lion, and two monks ride into the...

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The Raven in the Foregate
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

It is Christmas, A.D. 1141, Abbot Radulfus returns from London, bringing with him a priest for...

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The Rose Rent
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

In honor of her husband, young, beautiful, and wealthy widow Judith Perle donates a house to...

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The Hermit of Eyton Forest
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

In this medieval mystery set in the cloisters of England, a strange series of events threatens...

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The Confession of Brother Haluin
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

On his deathbed, Brother Haluin confesses to a shocking act in his past--and then recovers. To...

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Heretic's Apprentice
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

In her sixteenth chronicle of the medieval monk-detective Brother Cadfael, Ellis Peters throws...

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Potter's Field
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

During the ploughing of the Potter's Field in October 1143 the grisly remains of a woman's...

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Summer of the Danes
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

In the summer of 1144, a strange calm has settled over England. The armies of King Stephen ...

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Holy Thief
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

At the height of the hot summer of 1144, the Earl of Essex succumbs to a fatal arrow - but...

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Brother Cadfael's Penance
Edith Mary Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

While Cadfael has bent Abbey rules, he has never broken his monastic vows--until now. Word has...

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A Rare Benedictine
Edith Pargeter (as Ellis Peters)

Peters has gained worldwide praise for her meticulous re-creations of 12th-century monastic...

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