“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 Bill Slider Mysteries

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Orchestrated Death
Cythia Harrod-Eagles

Bill Slider, a middle-aged, straight-arrow London cop, finds his life thrown into passionate...

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Death Watch
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Called to the site of a motel fire, in which a man registered as John Smith perished, London...

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Death to Go
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

When the body parts of murder victims begin turning up all over London, Detective Inspector...

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Grave Music
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Facing unhappy prospects in a divorce and stagnation at work, Detective Inspector Bill Slider...

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Blood Lines
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

When a famous music critic is found dead, Detective Inspector Bill Slider is called in to...

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Killing Time
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

After receiving a series of threatening correspondence, a gender-bending, erotic male dancer...

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Shallow Grave
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

The Old Rectory, West London, is the kind of house Detective Inspector Bill Slider covets with...

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Blood Sinister
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

In her most gripping mystery yet, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles returns readers to the streets of...

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Gone Tomorrow
Cynth Harrod-Eagles

In this ninth outing for the likeable detective, Inspector Bill Slider is called to cope with...

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Dear Departed
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Chattie Cornfeld was murdered while jogging in the park. She ran her own small marketing...

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Game Over
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

When ex-BBC correspondent Ed Stonax is found dead, the last thing Detective Inspector Slider...

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Fell Purpose
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

Bank Holiday Monday, and beautiful Zellah Wilding straight-A student, prefect, future Head...

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Body Line
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

David Rogers was a doctor, handsome, charming and rich. He lived the lifestyle of a consultant...

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Kill My Darling
Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

When Melanie Hunter goes missing, the men in her life come under suspicion. And there's plenty...

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