"To Sherlock Holmes, she is always the woman."
—Dr. Watson commenting on Irene Adler, in "A Scandal in Bohemia," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892, by Arthur Conan Doyle
"This is the story of how a middle-aged spinster lost her mind."
—Rachel Innes, The Circular Staircase, 1908, by Mary Roberts Rinehart
"I'm never going to take you to a party again, Susan," Alex Tabor said, "if you're going to go around killing the guests."
—Alex Tabor to Susan Melville, Miss Melville's Revenge, 1989, by Evelyn E. Smith
"One corpse is usually more than enough. By anyone's standards, three is far too many."
—Cassandra Swann, Death Takes a Hand, 1993, by Susan Moody (Brit title: Takeout Double)
"I'd give anything—anything—for a night's sleep."
—Louise Henderson, new mother and heroine of The Hours Before Dawn, 1958, by Celia Fremlin
"The road to hell is smooth as glass."
—John Alderdyce to PI Amos Walker, Angel Eyes, 1981, by Loren D. Estelman
"The fool in a hurry drinks his tea with a fork."
—Charlie Chan, Keeper of the Keys, 1932, by Earl Derr Biggers
"The Earth may be some other planet's hell."
—Detective Inspector Bill Slider, Death Watch, 1992, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
"There's more to superficiality than meets the eye."
—anonymous gallery hopper, Fugitive Colors, 1995, by Margaret Maron
"All detective work is sneaking. That's why only gentlemen and cads can do it."
—Keith Innes, The Rising of the Moon, 1945, by Gladys Mitchell
"What use is an honest lawyer when what you need is a dishonest one?"
—Professor Krom, Send No More Roses, 1977, by Eric Ambler
"Smiling serenely in the September sun, Rose Bell strolled along Regent Street; mentally she was miles away, having her husband neutered like the cat."
—On the Edge, 1989, by Peter Lovesey
"Extravagance is a two-dollar cigar. Waste is to light it with a dollar bill."
—The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, 1983, by Michael Butterworth
"Who is there who has not felt a sudden startled pang at reliving an old experience or feeling an old emotion? 'I have done this before...' Why do these words always move one so profoundly?"
—Captain Arthur Hastings, Curtain, 1975, by Agatha Christie
"Shifting problems is the first rule for a long and pleasant life."
—Professor Kate Fansler, The Theban Mysteries, 1971, by Amanda Cross
"Commit a crime, and the world is made of glass."
—"Compensation," Essays: First Series, 1841, by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"In the heart of every man lurks the germ of a crook."
—Race Williams, The Tag Murders, 1930, by Carroll John Daly
"Beauty draws me with a single hair if it is blonde enough."
—Tommy Hambledon, They Tell No Tales, 1941, by Manning Coles
"Whenever he saw a dollar in another man's hands he took it as a personal grudge, if he couldn't take it any other way."
—Jeff Peters of Andy Tucker in "The Octopus Marooned," The Gentle Grafter, 1908, by O. Henry
"Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops!"
—Mortimer Brewster, Arsenic and Old Lace, 1941, screenplay by Joseph Kesselring
"It's so pointless, there has to be a point."
—Augustus Maltravers, The Latimer Mercy, 1985, by Robert Richardson
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