“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

Inspector Ian Rutledge Series

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A Test of Wills
Charles Todd

It’s 1919, and the “War to End All Wars” has been won. But there is no peace for Scotland Yard...

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Wings of Fire
Charles Todd

Inspector Ian Rutledge is quickly sent to investigate the sudden deaths of three members of...

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Search the Dark
Charles Todd

A dead woman two missing children bring Inspector Rutledge to the lovely Dorset town of...

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Legacy of the Dead
Charles Todd

The weathered remains found on a Scottish mountainside may be those of Eleanor Gray, but the...

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Watchers of Time
Charles Todd

The year is 1919, and Ian Rutledge is a fragile yet courageous former soldier searching for...

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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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A Cold Treachery
Charles Todd

Called out by Scotland Yard into the teeth of a violent blizzard, Inspector Ian Rutledge finds...

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A Long Shadow
Charles Todd

Scotland Yard’s Inspector Ian Rutledge brought the Great War home with him, and its horrors...

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A False Mirror
Charles Todd

Unhealed scars of the Great War still torment Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, and he...

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A Pale Horse
Charles Todd

The Great War never relinquished its hold on Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, leaving...

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A Matter of Justice
Charles Todd

At the start of a new century, in a war far away from England, two British soldier...

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The Red Door
Charles Todd

In a house with a red door lies the body of a woman who has been bludgeoned to death. Rumor...

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A Lonely Death
Charles Todd

Now three men have been murdered in a Sussex village, and Scotland Yard has been called in. It...

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The Confession
Charles Todd

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience, a dying man walks into Scotland Yard and confesses...

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