“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

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A Clubbable Woman
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An Advancement of Learning
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The second book in the Dalziel and Pascoe series sends the two mismatched Yorkshire policemen...

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Ruling Passion
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An April Shroud
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A Pinch of Snuff
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A Killing Kindness
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When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a...

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Deadheads
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Patrick Aldermann, an accountant with a company that makes toilets, is passionate about his...

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Exit Lines
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Three old men shuffle off their mortal coil on the same chilly night. There seems at first to...

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Child's Play
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There shouldn't be anything unusual about the death of an elderly widow, until a man appears...

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Underworld
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When young Tracey Pedley vanished in the woods around Burrthorpe, the close-knit community had...

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Bones and Silence
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One woman dead and one threatening to die set Yorkshire's police superintendent Dalziel and...

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One Small Step
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In the year 2010 a French astronaut, one of an international space team from the Federated...

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Pictures of Perfection
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The incomparable Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves in the pretty village of Enscombe, which...

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The Wood Beyond
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Police Inspector Peter Pascoe has stumbled upon the remains of an ancestor unjustly executed...

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Asking for the Moon
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Spanning the careers of two of crime fiction's most esteemed police detectives, these four...

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On Beulah Height
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Into thin air... Three little girls, one by one, had vanished from the farming village of...

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Arms and the Women
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Someone attempts to abduct Ellie Pascoe, and her friend, Daphne Alderman, is assaulted by a...

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Dialogues of the Dead
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Normally, there would be nothing sinister about a death by drowning and a motorcycle fatality ...

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Death's Jest-Book
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Sometimes a monster can hide behind a mask of civilized, urbane intelligence. Sometimes the...

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Good Morning, Midnight
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Like father like son! But heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver's...

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Death Comes for the Fat Man
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Caught in the full blast of a huge explosion, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel lies on a...

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Cure for All Diseases
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Some say that Andy Dalziel wasn't ready for God, others that God wasn't ready for Dalziel....

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The Price of Butcher's Meat
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A bomb couldn't kill Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel—but his convalescence at the Avalon...

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Midnight Fugue
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The highly anticipated return of Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars...

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Under World
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The small mining town of Burrthorpe is economically depressed and mistrustful of strangers-and...

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