“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

Toby Peters Mysteries

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Bullet for a Star
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Hard-boiled Hollywood detective Toby Peters finds himself hobnobbing with the luminaries of...

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Murder On The Yellow Brick Road
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The year is 1940 and Los Angeles-based private eye Toby Peters has been asked to track down a...

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You Bet Your Life
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Toby Peters goes to Chicago to clear up a famous comic’s gambling debtsThere’s nothing funny...

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The Howard Hughes Affair
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Toby Peters is a private detective with sore feet, a bad back, and a tendency to bruise easily...

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Never Cross a Vampire
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Toby Peters's services have just been retained by the private eye's strangest client, the film...

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High Midnight
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Someone wants Gary Cooper to make a movie he isn't interested in making, and whoever it is...

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Catch a Falling Clown
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A circus stakeout puts Toby Peters at the bottom of the food chainThe gorilla doesn’t like...

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He Done Her Wrong
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As a private detective, Toby Peters has had some pretty impressive clients over the years but...

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The Fala Factor
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The year is 1942, and Eleanor Roosevelt is convinced that there is an imposter in the White...

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Down for the Count
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Detective Toby Peters hunts the men who killed his ex-wife’s new husband

Heavyweight...

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The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance
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A hotel murder involves Toby Peters with one of Hollywood’s toughest starsToby Peters wakes up...

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Smart Moves
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Only Toby Peters stands in the way of a plot to murder Albert EinsteinA dentist dangles from...

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Think Fast, Mr. Peters
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When he becomes the prime suspect in the shooting death of a Peter Lorre imitator, 1940s P.I....

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Buried Caesars
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Down on his luck, P.I. Toby Peters is whisked to a clandestine meeting with the General, sworn...

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Poor Butterfly
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California gumshoe Toby Peters gets called to San Francisco to solve the mystery of who is...

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The Melting Clock
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Surrealist painter Salvador Dali enlists Toby's help in retrieving three stolen paintings-...

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The Devil Met a Lady
Stuart M. Kaminsky

"I'm here," came a familiar voice.

I turned and found myself looking at Bette Davis no...

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Tomorrow Is Another Day
Stuart M. Kaminsky

It's 1938 and P.I. Toby Peters is watching Atlanta burn in the biggest scene in the biggest...

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Dancing in the Dark
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While WW II rages in Europe, Toby Peters is caught up in his own war in Hollywood. Luna, a...

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A Fatal Glass of Beer
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W. C. Fields hires private eye Toby Peters to nab the culprit who is robbing him one bank...

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Few Minutes Past Midnight
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Toby Peters is an unusual private eye. He's already cracked cases involving Humphrey Bogart,...

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To Catch a Spy
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Hollywood gumshoe Toby Peters - who has played sleuth to such movie luminaries as Humphrey...

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Mildred Pierced
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Having survived the hire of such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Charlie...

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Now You See It
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A string of star-studded successes—most recently with Cary Grant in To Catch a Spy and an edgy...

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