“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

Hugh Corbett Medieval Mysteries

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Satan in St. Mary's
Paul Doherty

1284 and Edward I is battling a traitorous movement founded by the late Simon de Montfort, the...

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Crown in Darkness
Paul C. Doherty

1286 and on a storm-ridden night King Alexander III of Scotland is riding across the Firth of...

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Spy in Chancery
Paul Doherty

Edward I of England and Philip IV of France are at war. Philip, by devious means, has managed...

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Angel of Death
Paul Doherty

In 1298, Edward I of England invaded Scotland and brutally sacked the town of Berwick, razing...

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The Prince Of Darkness
Paul Doherty

Investigating the death of Lady Eleanor, who had been banished in the wake of her affair with...

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Murder Wears a Cowl
Paul Doherty

When the violent serial killer who has been targeting London's prostitutes murders Lady...

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Assassin in the Greenwood
Paul Doherty

In the summer of 1302 the famous Robin of Locksley, popularly known as Robin Hood, has gone...

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The Song of a Dark Angel
Paul Doherty

November 1302, and Sir Hugh Corbett, Edward I's Keeper of the Secret Seal, together with his...

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Satan's Fire
Paul Doherty

1303 and the Old Man of the Mountain remembers back to when he nearly killed Edward I thirty...

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The Devil's Hunt
Paul Doherty

The tenth Hugh Corbett medieval mystery. In the summer of 1303, the Oxford University communit...

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The Demon Archer
Paul Doherty

The death of Lord Henry Fitzalan on the feast of St. Matthew 1303 is a matter widely reported...

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Treason of the Ghosts
Paul Doherty

In the village of Melford, a local lord is executed for a spate of vicious murders. It's not...

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Corpse Candle
Paul Doherty

The brothers of the abbey of St Martin's-in-the-Marsh pay little heed to the tales of robber...

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The Magician's Death
Paul Doherty

Scholars conven at Corfe Castle, to crack the code of Roger Bacon’s Book of Secrets. When...

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The Waxman Murders
Paul Doherty

Renowned medieval detective Sir Hugh Corbett takes on his most bizarre case yet. In 1303, a...

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Paul Doherty

January 1304 and Hugh Corbett, devoted emissary of King Edward I, has been charged with yet...

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The Mysterium
Paul Doherty

In Paul Doherty's brilliant new novel, will Hugh Corbett find the deadly assassin stalking...

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