“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

Hercule Poirot Mysteries

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The Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agatha Christie

The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her...

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The Murder on the Links
Agatha Christie

An urgent cry for help brings Hercule Poirot to France. But he arrives too late to save his...

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
Agatha Christie

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first...

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The Big Four
Agatha Christie

Framed in the doorway of Hercule Poirot’s bedroom stands an uninvited guest, coated from head...

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The Mystery of the Blue Train
Agatha Christie

When the luxurious Blue Train arrives at Nice, a guard attempts to wake serene Ruth Kettering...

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Black Coffee
Agatha Christie

An urgent call from physicist Sir Claud Amory sends famed detective Hercule Poirot rushing...

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Peril at End House
Agatha Christie

On holiday on the Cornish Riviera, Hercule Poirot is alarmed to hear pretty Nick Buckley...

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Lord Edgware Dies
Agatha Christie

When Lord Edgware is found murdered the police are baffled. His estranged actress wife was...

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Murder on the Orient Express
Agatha Christie

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By...

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Three Act Tragedy
Agatha Christie

Sir Charles Cartwright should have known better than to allow thirteen guests to sit down for...

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Death in the Clouds
Agatha Christie

From seat No. 9, Hercule Poirot was ideally placed to observe his fellow air passengers. Over...

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The A.B.C. Murders
Agatha Christie

There’s a serial killer on the loose, working his way through the alphabet and the whole...

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Murder in Mesopotamia
Agatha Christie

In this classic Poirot story, the diminutive Belgian digs for clues to a triple murder at an...

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Cards on the Table
Agatha Christie

A flamboyant party host is murdered in full view of a roomful of bridge players! Mr Shaitana...

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Dumb Witness
Agatha Christie

Everyone blamed Emily Arundell’s accident on a rubber ball left on the stairs by her frisky...

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Death on the Nile
Agatha Christie

The tranquillity of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgewa...

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Appointment with Death
Agatha Christie

Among the towering red cliffs of Petra, like some monstrous swollen Buddha, sits the corpse of...

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Hercule Poirot's Christmas
Agatha Christie

Christmas Eve, and the Lee family’s reunion is shattered by a deafening crash of furniture and...

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Sad Cypress
Agatha Christie

Beautiful young Elinor Carlisle stood serenely in the dock, accused of the murder of Mary...

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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
Agatha Christie

In this mystery, dentist Dr. Morley is found shot not long after Hercule Poirot himself has...

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Evil Under the Sun
Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot is enjoying a well-deserved break on Smugglers’ Island, but when glamorous...

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Five Little Pigs
Agatha Christie

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, but just like the nursery...

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The Hollow
Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot was invited to the Hollow to tea, but found a murder waiting for him instead....

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Taken at the Flood
Agatha Christie

A few weeks after marrying an attractive widow, Gordon Cloade is tragically killed by a bomb...

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Mrs.McGinty's Dead
Agatha Christie

An old widow is brutally killed in the parlour of her cottage...Mrs McGinty died from a brutal...

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After the Funeral
Agatha Christie

When Cora Lansquenet is savagely murdered with a hatchet, the extraordinary remark she made...

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Hickory Dickory Dock
Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot doesn’t need all his detective skills to realize something is troubling his...

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Dead Man's Folly
Agatha Christie

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fete, hit upon the novel idea of staging a...

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Cat Among the Pigeons
Agatha Christie

Late one night, two teachers investigate a mysterious flashing light in the sports pavilion...

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The Clocks
Agatha Christie

Sheila Webb expected to find a respectable blind lady waiting for her at 19 Wilbraham Crescent...

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Third Girl
Agatha Christie

Three young women share a London flat. The first is a coolly efficient secretary. The second...

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Hallowe'en Party
Agatha Christie

At a Hallowe’en party, Joyce—a hostile thirteen-year-old—boasts that she once witnessed a...

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Elephants Can Remember
Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot stood on the clifftop. Here, many years earlier, there had been a fatal acciden...

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Curtain
Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot returns to the scene of his first great case to solve another, which could be...

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