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And now for the INSPIRING QUOTES! *
“The mystery story is two stories in one: the story of what happened and the story of what appeared to happen.” Mary Roberts Reinhart
“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
“Another dead body. Every year it is the same. Every year, another dead body…” Lion in the Valley by Elizabeth Peters
“All things are poisons, for there is nothing without poisonous qualities. It is only the dose which makes the thing poison.” Paracelsus
“The best crime novels are all based on people keeping secrets.” Alafair Burke
“Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” Alfred Hitchcock
“Conversations are always dangerous, if you have something to hide.” A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
“People are straightforward enough, on the whole, till one starts to look for crooked motives, and then, oh boy, how crooked can they be!” The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart
“Truth will come to sight; murder cannot be hid long.” The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
“There simply must be a corpse in a detective novel, and the deader the corpse the better.” S. S. Van Dine
“The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.” Dorothy L. Sayers
“Very few of us are what we seem” The Man in the Mist by Agatha Christie.
*This collection of quotes is from The Bookish Sleuth, Mystery Reader’s Calendar by mystery writer, Sara Rosett