“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 Morse Mysteries

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Last Bus to Woodstock
Colin Dexter

Beautiful Sylvia Kaye and another young woman had been seen hitching a ride not long before...

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Last Seen Wearing
Colin Dexter

Valerie Taylor has been missing since she was a sexy seventeen, more than two years ago....

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The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
Colin Dexter

Nicholas Quinn is deaf, so he considers himself lucky to be appointed to the Foreign Examinati...

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Service of All the Dead
Colin Dexter

This time Inspector Morse brings the imposition on himself. He could have been vacationing in...

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Dead of Jericho
Colin Dexter

He meets her at a suburban party. They share a flirtation over their red wine . . . and he...

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The Riddle of the Third Mile
Colin Dexter

Inspector Morse isn't sure what to make of the truncated body found dumped in the Oxford Canal...

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The Secret of Annexe 3
Colin Dexter

Much too early on New Year's Day, a grumpy Inspector Morse is summoned to investigate a murder...

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The Wench is Dead
Colin Dexter

It is only to entertain himself in the hospital that the impatient Inspector Morse opens the...

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The Jewel That Was Ours
Colin Dexter

The case seems so simple, Inspector Morse deemed it beneath his notice. A wealthy, elderly...

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The Way Through the Woods
Colin Dexter

Morse is enjoying a rare if unsatisfying holiday in Dorset when the first letter appears in...

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The Daughters of Cain
Colin Dexter

It was only the second time Inspector Morse had ever taken over a murder enquiry after the...

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Death Is Now My Neighbor
Colin Dexter

Why would a sniper shoot suburban physiotherapist Rachel James as she sips her morning coffee?...

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The Remorseful Day
Colin Dexter

For a year, the murder of Mrs. Yvonne Harrison at her home in Oxfordshire had baffled the...

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