“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

Amelia Peabody Mysteries

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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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The Curse of the Pharaohs
Elizabeth Peters

One of the best-loved of mystery writers weaves another tale of intrigue featuring Amelia...

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The Mummy Case
Elizabeth Peters

Radcliffe Emerson, the irascible husband of fellow archaeologist and Egyptologist Amelia...

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Lion in the Valley
Elizabeth Peters

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptolog...

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Deeds of the Disturber
Elizabeth Peters

Can fear kill? There are those who believe so—but Amelia Peabody is skeptical. A respected...

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The Last Camel Died at Noon
Elizabeth Peters

Peters brings back 19th-century Egyptologist Amelia Peabody and her entourage in a delicious...

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The Snake, the Crocodile & the Dog
Elizabeth Peters

The delightful seventh adventure for popular heroine Amelia Peabody. The 19th-century Egyptolo...

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The Hippopotamus Pool
Elizabeth Peters

A masked stranger offers to reveal an Egyptian queen's lost tomb...and Amelia Peabody and her...

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Seeing a Large Cat
Elizabeth Peters

According to an ancient Egyptian papyrus, dreaming of a large cat means good luck. And that's...

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The Ape Who Guards the Balance
Elizabeth Peters

After eluding a kidnapper in London, an unperturbed Amelia Peabody accompanies her unconventio...

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The Falcon at the Portal
Elizabeth Peters

The Land of the Pharaohs harbors more secrets than any tomb can hide. In Egypt for the 1911...

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He Shall Thunder in the Sky
Elizabeth Peters

Trouble is brewing in Egypt at the close of 1914 and no one will escape the coming tempest....

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Lord of the Silent
Elizabeth Peters

The ghosts of an ancient past and the specters of a present-day evil are buried beneath the...

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The Golden One
Elizabeth Peters

A richly woven tale of greed, treachery, intrigue, and murder in a breathtaking realm of...

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Children of the Storm
Elizabeth Peters

The Great War has ended at last. No longer must archaeologist Amelia Peabody and her husband,...

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Guardian of the Horizon
Elizabeth Peters

From the lost journals of archaeologist Amelia Peabody comes a chronicle from the “missing...

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The Serpent on the Crown
Elizabeth Peters

A priceless relic has been delivered to the Emerson home overlooking the Nile. But more than...

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Tomb of the Golden Bird
Elizabeth Peters

In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Peters's most eagerly anticipated Amelia...

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A River in the Sky
Elizabeth Peters

August 1910. Banned from the Valley of the Kings by the Antiquities Service, Amelia Peabody...

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