“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

Thomas Lynley Series

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A Great Deliverance
Elizabeth George

To this day, the low, thin wail of an infant can be heard in Keldale's lush green valleys. ...

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Payment in Blood
Elizabeth George

The career of playwright Joy Sinclair comes to an abrupt end on an isolated estate in the...

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Well-Schooled in Murder
Elizabeth George

When thirteen-year-old Matthew Whately goes missing from Bredgar Chambers, a prestigious...

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A Suitable Vengeance
Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George gives us an early glimpse into the lives of Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley...

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For the Sake of Elena
Elizabeth George

Elena Weaver was a surprise to anyone meeting her for the first time. In her clingy dresses...

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Missing Joseph
Elizabeth George

Deborah and Simon St. James have taken a holiday in the winter landscape of Lancastershire,...

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Playing for the Ashes
Elizabeth George

"The story begins with my father, actually, and the fact that I'm the one who's answerable for...

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In the Presence of the Enemy
Elizabeth George

Hailed as the "king of sleaze," tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the...

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Deception on His Mind
Elizabeth George

Balford-le-Nez is a dying seaside town on the coast of Essex. But when a member of the town’s...

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In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner
Elizabeth George

Calder Moor is a wild and deadly place: many have been trapped in the myriad limestone caves,...

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A Traitor to Memory
Elizabeth George

When Eugenie Davies is killed by a driver on a quiet London street, her death is clearly no...

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With No One as Witness
Elizabeth George

The police never suspected a serial killer was at large until they found the fourth murdered...

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What Came Before He Shot Her
Elizabeth George

A kind and well-loved woman was brutally and inexplicably murdered—the pregnant wife of a...

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Careless in Red
Elizabeth George

He found the body on the forty-third day of his walk... Devastated by the senseless murder of...

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This Body of Death
Elizabeth George

On compassionate leave after the murder of his wife, Thomas Lynley is called back to Scotland...

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Believing the Lie
Elizabeth George

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he's sent undercover to investigate the death of...

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