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Jul 1, 2018, 4:46pm


"Should he have informed the authorities immediately?"

Current entry:

"He already did."

Darker than Midnight by Maggie Shayne

"You reach any verdict?"

Jul 1, 2018, 9:53pm

'It was a freak accident.'

Fugue State by Brian Evenson

'What’s your emergency?'

Jul 2, 2018, 1:12am

"Hardly. Itʻs business."

Darker than Midnight
by Maggie Shayne

"You shoot at fleeting prowlers so often itʻs a reflex action, huh?"

Jul 2, 2018, 3:11am

'I was compelled for reasons I still find quite difficult to explain.'

Fugue State by Brian Evenson

'What was it she had said to me, that day before she had abandoned me to sit beside the creek and grow strange?'

Jul 2, 2018, 4:08am

"Don't eat turtles!"

Bali Lombok, Gili-eilanden (Marco Polo) by Christina Schott

"You would like to swing through the trees like monkeys?"

Jul 2, 2018, 10:30am

"I neither can nor will do so."

American Prometheus by Kai Bird

"My God, suppose he should slip?"

Jul 2, 2018, 1:43pm

"You shouldn’t feel bad,” said Hapner. “You might come out of it all right.”

Fugue State by Brian Evenson

“What’s in it for me?”

Jul 2, 2018, 2:57pm

"She will lead us to it."

The Third Translation
by Matt Bondurant

"What are you talking about?"

Jul 3, 2018, 10:15am

"he is a consultant, and if you do't want to consult the guy, you don't consult him, period."

American Prometheus by Kai Bird

"What more do you want, mermaids?"

Jul 3, 2018, 1:25pm

'Of course not. Unless I were very hungry indeed.'

Fugue State by Brian Evenson

'It’s not my door. Are you breaking in?'

Edited: Jul 3, 2018, 2:49pm

"Iʻm back - - with the cops!"
(punctation added)

Wired Dawn by Toby Neal

"Are there any other lava tubes nearby?"

Jul 3, 2018, 9:49pm

'This was considered not unlikely, considering no recent adventurer into the territory had returned.'

Fugue State by Brian Evenson

“You made a call a few moments ago,” the voice said. “What was the purpose of this call?”

Jul 3, 2018, 10:08pm

". . . to check on Cheryl and the children."

In the Shadow of Statues; a White Southerner Confronts History
by Mitch Landrieu

ʻWhere you going?"

Jul 4, 2018, 1:43pm

'...riding the elevator to the moon'

Sometimes Things Are True by Chris Kammerud

"Why pretend you’re something you’re not?”

Edited: Jul 4, 2018, 1:52pm

"It's the same as business negotiation or a poker game... You have to know when to up the stakes, when to call a bluff, when to fold."

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

"What did you just say, sweetie?"

Jul 4, 2018, 6:31pm

"Nothing. Zero."

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

"So you can arrange one or two million for the litigation expenses?"

Jul 5, 2018, 3:00am

"Should I be worried?"

Sometimes Things Are True by Chris Kammerud

“What is it you have against monsters?”

Jul 5, 2018, 12:43pm

"Their cerise velveteen dresses made them like boiled sausages."

The Cloud Catchers by Ursula Holden

"You ate her? You ate my pet?"

Edited: Jul 6, 2018, 1:25pm

"Not me. But I know who did."

The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

"Want some rum in your coffee?"

Jul 7, 2018, 5:52am

“The thought had crossed my mind.”

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

“Would you like to go on a suicide mission?”

Jul 7, 2018, 6:50am

"I wouldn't mind if I was a big hefty bloke like you."

The Stories of Frank Sargeson by Frank Sargeson

"Sally said she wasn't ever going back to work in the ammunition factory again.
-Why not? Mrs Bowman asked.

Jul 7, 2018, 12:39pm

"Spring drew nearer. Folk left their homes more often, to gather green things in hidden places."

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

"Can you tell me what happened here?"

Jul 7, 2018, 4:31pm

'Your puppy made chew toys out of ten people.'

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

“Did they exorcise your demon?”

Jul 8, 2018, 12:40pm

"You have been talking to Father Konstantin. But that has nothing to do with this."

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

"And what am I to tell my husband?"

Jul 8, 2018, 2:36pm

"Dialectical materialism - Jesuitical prevarication" - Jake rolled the syllables in his mouth with loving solemnity -" teleological propensity."

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

"When a person KNOWS and can't make the others understand, what does he do?"

Jul 9, 2018, 1:34pm

"Do what you must."

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

"Why could you not go quietly away again, before making a spectacle of yourself?"

Jul 9, 2018, 2:17pm

'It’s like some kind of weird hobby.'

Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

“Have you ever considered giving up killing people and becoming a tailor?”

Jul 10, 2018, 1:35pm

"I swear if you don't shut up I'll put a slug through your neck."

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King

"Do you have a photo in your wallet that's distinctive?"

Edited: Jul 14, 2018, 5:49am

'The picture is tattered but I like it because the explorer was so brave.'

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

“What have you found?”

Jul 14, 2018, 1:33pm

"There was a belief in the Languedoc, never to marry in May or November."

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

"What is all this?"

Jul 14, 2018, 5:26pm

"I suggest you and your vehicle turn around and head back to town. We have got a highly flammable situation here.”

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

“You’re a real nut job. Has anyone ever told you that?”

Jul 15, 2018, 7:18am

"A moral runt sucks at my teats."

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

"You know who else has an opinion about everything that no one pays any attention to?"

Jul 16, 2018, 1:29am

"The Church of Scientology"

The Seas by Samantha Hunt

“What’s making you so sad?”

Jul 17, 2018, 1:33pm

"My mother had a second life, my father revered the long-ago past, soon George would eat at the dorm instead of our house, and my usual obedience felt up. Done."

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

"What was the point?"

Edited: Aug 23, 2018, 12:16am

The youth of today are in revolt against
society, and that is a good thing in itself . . .

Freedom from the Known by J. Krishnamurti

... is it not possible to explode from the center?

Jul 18, 2018, 4:07am

"The class went into that coma which signified thought, searching its collective memory"

The Education of Hyman Kaplan by Leo Rosten

"Should ladies smoke?"

Jul 18, 2018, 3:20pm

“What’s the big deal?” she asks, squeezing the bridge of her nose."

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

“I didn’t know Uncle Sam was a real person. What killed him?”

Edited: Jul 20, 2018, 1:30pm

" . . . but youʻre not going to like it."

The Reluctant Witness by Kathleen Tailer

"Howʻd you find me up here?"

Jul 19, 2018, 1:57am

“I am following you. I’ve got nowhere else. I’m going to follow you wherever you go. Wherever.”

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

‘Why Lord, why?’

Jul 21, 2018, 11:19am

"To tell the truth, I'm beginning to wonder."

She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir

"Do you see that woman facing us?"

Edited: Jul 21, 2018, 1:32pm

"Sure; I can do that scene."

Bardo by Kendall Kraus

"The ʻBig Consciousness?!"

Edited: Jul 21, 2018, 4:46pm

"Introspection is tiring...It's dangerous."

She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir

"But are you satisfied with your life or not?"

Jul 22, 2018, 1:59am

"Being alive matters, even being alive in the smallest, smallest way."

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

- The heart wants what the heart wants.
- What’s that?

Jul 22, 2018, 11:24am

"That's what I was wondering a little while ago."

She Came to Stay by Simone de Beauvoir

"And now what's going to happen?"

Jul 22, 2018, 1:34pm

"You will love my brother as I do when you have come to know him better."

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

"What kind of proof?"

Jul 22, 2018, 2:08pm

"The cave walls amplified and bounced sound . . ."

Wired Dawn by Toby Neal

"Is that all?"

Edited: Jul 23, 2018, 5:32am

"If you want to convince me that there’s something bigger going on here, some sort of grand plan or map or order in the universe, you’re going to have to first explain why God makes bad moms.”

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

“Hello? Hello? Who is there?”

Jul 23, 2018, 7:22pm

"My phone, my call!"

"Stranger on Ravenʻs Ridge:
by Jenna Ryan

"Did you smell any incense up there?"

Jul 24, 2018, 12:13am

'They smell like pond scum and air freshener.'

Mr Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

- My aunt’s taking me somewhere.
- Where?

Jul 24, 2018, 3:06pm

"...none of us really has a clue."

The Rules to Break by Richard Templar

"--what does that say about you?"

Jul 24, 2018, 7:16pm

Who is most affected when the economy is bad?

In the Shadow of Statues; a White Southerner Confront History by Mitch Landrieu

"You the Lieutenant Governor?"

Jul 28, 2018, 8:42am

"Yes, you may assume that."

The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart

"Do you have relatives hereabouts?"

Jul 28, 2018, 3:20pm

"Such as?"

O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

"Why didnʻt he tell me?"

Aug 2, 2018, 1:34am

'Honestly, you don’t want to know.'

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

‘She knows I don’t come cheap. What exactly is she offering me?’

Edited: Aug 3, 2018, 12:07am

" . . . didnʻt say."

The Shape Shifter by Tony Hillerman

"What is this business of yours about?"

Aug 4, 2018, 2:29pm

"It is a business, a booming one of donations and salvation and even atheism."

Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

"Why didn't you tell me you were doing this?"

Aug 4, 2018, 3:14pm

"That wonʻt be necessary."

Children of the Storm by Elizabeth Peters

"What did you think of her, Sennia?"

Aug 5, 2018, 12:16pm

"With every step I thought of her pride, her strength, her love."

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent

"But why must I stay?"

Aug 5, 2018, 1:27pm

"As a New Yearʻs present . . ."

Kabuki Boy by Pearl Besserman*

"Am I invited?"

*Know author.

Aug 5, 2018, 1:43pm

‘Yes,’ said Richard. ‘A table for three, for tonight. I think I booked it.'

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

‘Look, if it isn’t a personal question, what happened to you?’

Aug 5, 2018, 2:09pm

"Why are you investigating your own client?"

The Dark of Day by Barbara Parker

"Will you call me?"

Aug 12, 2018, 6:57pm

‘Oh. Yes, sir. Yes, indeed. And might I say how your telephonic confabulation brightens up and cheers our otherwise dreary and uneventful day?’

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

‘Isn’t this going to be fun?’

Aug 12, 2018, 10:53pm

"I have known Almighty Kindness Herself! I have sat
by her pure white feet . . ."

Gasoline by Gregory Corso*

"But what is Kindness?"

*Met author.

Edited: Aug 13, 2018, 5:21am

'A gentle smile.'

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

‘Why did you have to come here?’

Aug 13, 2018, 7:18am

"You can simply drive into Afghanistan without a visa"

My Guantanamo Diary by Mahvish Rukhsana Khan

"Most detainees wear white hats. Is there some significance to your black hat?"

Aug 13, 2018, 2:39pm

". . . got a soft heart (!)"
(punctuation added)

The Murder Book
by Jonathan Kellerman

"So what brings you to Ojai?"

Aug 13, 2018, 9:52pm

'‘Things lost. Things forgotten.’'

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

‘Bad news?’

Aug 13, 2018, 11:23pm

"You said it. You said it was ugly."

The Murder Book by Jonathan Kellerman

Did the Cossacks and the Larners have enough to offer Obey?

Aug 15, 2018, 6:43pm

'enough to see you safe wherever you go.'

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

'Are you going to apologize?’

Aug 15, 2018, 9:58pm

‘I didn’t really have much choice,’

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

‘Trying to get up the courage to do what?’

Aug 15, 2018, 11:54pm

"Just get the van. I need to go home."

Medjugorje; the message
by Wayne Weible

"You want anything?"

Aug 17, 2018, 9:40am

"Rothman kings...Hostess plain"

We'll All Be Burnt in our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes

"Am I bleeding? Am I?"

(Rothman kings are cigarettes and Hostess plain are potato chips/crisps)

Aug 17, 2018, 2:21pm

"Yeah, . . .that would be inconvenient!"

Robert B.Parkerʻs Cheap Shot by Ace Atkins

"In the preseason?"

Aug 18, 2018, 1:22pm

"Carry on tradition."

We'll All be Burnt in our Beds Some Night by Joel Thomas Hynes

"Nothing is any different, is it?"

Aug 18, 2018, 1:43pm

"Well, except for my riding fees . . ."

Break-in by Dick Francis

"Hello, Martin. What goes?"

Aug 19, 2018, 1:44pm

"I have an interesting and I believe excellent, collection of Afghan, Iranian and Syrian folk music."

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

"Do you make all your life's big decisions based on mobile phone videos?"

Aug 19, 2018, 2:45pm

". . . the most fundamental thing in our modern
history, which nobody talks about!"

Bannon: always the Rebel by Keith Koffler

"Are you kidding me?"

Aug 22, 2018, 2:47pm

“Do I look like I’m joking?"

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

"What did the monster look like?"

Aug 23, 2018, 2:26pm

"Awful green sparkling eyelashes and long green sparkling fingernails"

The Slaves of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton

-I didnt do a Russian dance.
-Oh.Didn't you? Why not?

Aug 23, 2018, 5:25pm

" . . . Those jumps . . ."

Break In by Dick Francis


Aug 23, 2018, 6:55pm

"...so intense it’s like someone dipped the world into a barrel of oil and set it alight."

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

"what else is down at that end of the corridor?"

Edited: Aug 29, 2018, 6:56pm


Break In by Dick Francis

"Itʻs true, isnʻt it, that money in my account can be taken out without my knowing it?"

Aug 28, 2018, 2:10pm

"Mom, there's no money in the account."

The Wife Tree by Dorothy Speak

"What happened to that miracle he promised us?"

Aug 28, 2018, 8:20pm

"People always ask that . . ."

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"Do you want me to tell the police, Mr. Ferelli?"

Aug 29, 2018, 2:38pm

“Emphatically not.”

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

- You’re wrong,
- Am I? About what?

Edited: Aug 29, 2018, 5:19pm

"About somebody chasing you in a truck."

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"You have your gun?"

Aug 29, 2018, 6:26pm

'...rifle set to full auto.'

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

“Something else you need?”

Aug 29, 2018, 6:54pm

I grimaced and clicked his glass with mine: "You heard about that?"

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"Guidry was here?"

Aug 30, 2018, 12:52am

"probably a very long time ago""

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

“Did something happen while we were out?”

Aug 30, 2018, 6:56am

"A tree fell on him, apparently."

Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre

"Are you feeling sick?"

Edited: Aug 30, 2018, 1:27pm

"YOUR opinion, again, was immune deregulation?"*

A Civil Action by Jonathan Haar

"Whatʻs your opinion of Dr. Feldman?"

*emphasis added

Aug 31, 2018, 5:55am

"...like the bastard offspring of a road drill and an Imperial Stormtrooper from the Star Wars trilogy."

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

"Is that what drove her crazy?"

Aug 31, 2018, 2:08pm

". . .found Castroʻs parentsʻ death certificates..."

The Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

"Whatʻs in the knapsack?"

Aug 31, 2018, 2:07pm

". . .found Castroʻs parentsʻ death certificates..."

The Games by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

Aug 31, 2018, 3:54pm

'something truly horrible.'

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

“Where’s Stephen?”

Aug 31, 2018, 7:28pm

"I donʻt know."

Death Walked in by Carolyn Hart

"Who has been shot?"

Sep 1, 2018, 1:50pm

"Two boys. Two girls."

The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland

"How did smallpox get on the island?"

Edited: Sep 1, 2018, 3:11pm

"Howʻre YOU feeling?"
(emphasis added)

Death Walked in by
Carolyn Hart

The Grants had been nice to her, but was that reason enough to shield a thief?

Sep 2, 2018, 6:28pm

"It’s an academic question, but it’s got real-world consequences."

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

"how much of his weirdness is down to his brain’s basic wiring and how much of it is a trauma artefact?"

Sep 2, 2018, 11:51pm

" . . . cast a demon out of a man who couldnʻt speak."

Life of Jesus by Jon Courson

"Would you like to get well?"

Sep 3, 2018, 11:10am

"It is a sad thing to be an invalid..."

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

"Are your rooms well-heated?"

Edited: Sep 3, 2018, 3:28pm

"Nah. . . .Just rich!"

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund by Blaize Clement

"Who owns it?"

Sep 3, 2018, 5:02pm

"Not I."

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

"You converse with the dead?"

Sep 3, 2018, 9:24pm

"Half the time they don’t seem to realise that they’re dead."

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

"Why does McQueen hate the colonel?"

Sep 4, 2018, 2:23pm

"Whatever it is, weʻre not buying."

Break in by Dick Francis

"Whatʻs Pollgate like, himself?"

Sep 5, 2018, 1:46pm


Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

"Why, what has he done?"

Edited: Sep 5, 2018, 5:45pm

". . .whipping cream for pies: . . . it makes such a mess."

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund by Blaize Clement

"What do you mean: they tried to run you down?"

Sep 6, 2018, 4:32am

“You know what I mean.”

The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey

"Is there anything you can add to what you’ve already told us? Numbers? Appearance?”

Sep 8, 2018, 12:44pm

"It takes place between 8:45 and 9:15."

Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo: Migratory Birds and the Impending Ecological Catastrophe by Michael McCarthy

"But to where, exactly?"

Sep 8, 2018, 1:02pm

"Iʻll meet you on the loading dock in a few minutes."

Murder Past Due by Miranda James

"Can I get you some coffee or something?"

Sep 8, 2018, 1:45pm

"I can make dinner myself. I'm not a child you know."

South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

"What in the world were you doing? I've been ringing the bell forever."

Edited: Sep 8, 2018, 8:41pm

"It has to do with Conradʻs death; I canʻt prove it . . . "

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"You heard about that?"

Sep 9, 2018, 9:27pm

“I heard about what happened to him. I was sorry to hear that."

Gilchrist: A Novel by Christian Galaca

"What did he have to lose?"

Edited: Sep 11, 2018, 3:33pm

". . .that metaiic fragment . . ."

Rizzoli and Isles: The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

"What do you think the ʻitʻ refers to?"

Sep 11, 2018, 6:28pm

"And wasn’t that a good question? Probably it was nothing more than a coincidence."

Gilchrist: A Novel by Christian Galaca

- You like that?
- What is it?

Sep 11, 2018, 6:32pm

"I donʻt know. I guess it means itʻs not
shaking its tail."

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"But it could be lying in wait?"

Sep 11, 2018, 9:14pm

"...could be on him before he even knew what happened."

Gilchrist: A Novel by Christian Galaca

“So what’d you think of the place?"

Sep 11, 2018, 9:29pm

“Beautiful. It’s a great place with a great view,”

Gilchrist: A Novel by Christian Galaca

“You sure you’re okay?”

Edited: Sep 11, 2018, 10:28pm

"What about food?"

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"Did you see what make the truck was?"

Sep 16, 2018, 8:42am

"Two-tone Buick."

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

-At our wedding, I wore bell-bottoms.
-What did Mom wear?

Sep 20, 2018, 3:27pm

"...a cloak and Stanton's old trousers."

Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar

"Is it a sort of diary that you're writing?"

Sep 21, 2018, 8:10pm

"Never mind."

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund
by Blaize Clement

"Who hit you?"

Sep 22, 2018, 2:53pm

"A doppelganger."

The Afghan by Frederick Forsyth

"How will you call him?"

Sep 22, 2018, 2:58pm

" . . . a beer man."

Rizzoli and Isles: The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

"Do you remember any of the names on that list?"

Sep 23, 2018, 6:39am

"She couldn't remember."

God on the Rocks by Jane Gardam

"Shall I purr?"

Sep 29, 2018, 1:37pm

"My instincts were correct. You certainly were the right one to call."

Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo

"How do you know so much about relationships?"

Sep 30, 2018, 1:06pm

"A book with pictures"

Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes

"What do you know about Easter Island?"

Oct 1, 2018, 3:21pm

"Rather bleak in wintertime."

Ulysses by James Joyce

"And do you know why?"

Oct 6, 2018, 1:58pm

"He just worries about you, love, that's all."

Strange Sight: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery by Syd Moore

"I mean, what evidence did Mary have that the place was haunted anyway?"

Oct 6, 2018, 8:31pm

"It was definitely odd."

Murder Past Due by Miranda James

"How big?"

Oct 7, 2018, 4:40am

"At least twice as big as at home."

The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren

"Did you know that I'm going to die?"

Oct 7, 2018, 11:19am

"Quite natural"

Ulysses by James Joyce

"But are you sure of that?"

Oct 7, 2018, 12:56pm

"Yeah: Youʻre tough."
(punctuation adjusted)

Duplicity Dogged the Dachshund by Blaize Clement

"Youʻre carrying?"

Oct 8, 2018, 1:39pm

"Just joshing."

Strange Sight: An Essex Witch Museum Mystery by Syd Moore

"Please. You were saying your father...?"

Oct 8, 2018, 1:57pm

" . . . came to refer to the procedure as ʻThe Yellow Paper Ployʻ."

The Last Investigation
by Gaetano Fonzi

"Is Sturgis still supposed to show up?"

Oct 17, 2018, 4:52am

"He ought to be here by one o'clock tomorrow."

Vera by Elizabeth von Arnim

-I always said I'd have a hall with antlers in it.
-Did you shoot them all yourself?

Edited: Oct 17, 2018, 8:34pm

"Mr. Donohue didnʻt mind me carrying the other day."

Rizzoli and Isles: the Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen

"About what?"

Oct 21, 2018, 3:34pm

"I'm sorry, dear, but really I don't understand."

Wickett's Remedy by Myla Goldberg

"Has something happened?"

Oct 27, 2018, 4:21pm

" A little."

The Games by James Patterson

"Has Andy been held for ransom as well?"

Oct 28, 2018, 11:09am

"I used to be worried about him but am not so concerned now."

Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs by Nicholas Dodman

"What did he know?"

Oct 31, 2018, 4:14am

“I wonder sometimes.”

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

“Where’s the old fool?”

Oct 31, 2018, 6:09pm

"He looked at us in a queer way."

"The Adventure of the three Students"
by Arthur Conan Doyle

"Have you anything positive to tell us?"

Oct 31, 2018, 8:19pm

"We had pancakes for breakfast, tiny thin hot pancakes."

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

"Where am I going?”

Oct 31, 2018, 9:14pm

"Thatʻs no business of mine."

"The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
by Arthur Conan Doyle

"Well, how do you explain it?"

Nov 2, 2018, 6:13am

"One of the mules has a bad stomach"

The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

"Why have they all got such big tummies?"

Edited: Nov 3, 2018, 8:20am

. . . begetting or bringing forth young

The Forest of Symbols; aspects of Ndembu ritual
by Victor Turner

*Italics, not caps, in original

"How did you learn your job?"

Nov 3, 2018, 1:33am

"I have exhaustive notes."

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

“What was wrong with Mrs. Blackwood doing her own cooking?”

Nov 3, 2018, 11:17am

"Not too much, actually."

The Waste Lands by Stephen King

"Do I have to do everything around here myself?"

Nov 3, 2018, 12:31pm

"As this was the work of women, not only uncongenial but insulting, no young man was going to volunteer to undertake it."

The Flame Trees of Thika by Elspeth Huxley

"You think I eat little girls?"

Edited: Nov 3, 2018, 2:53pm

"Look, Iʻm sorry!"

"Buried Past" by Mark Thielman

"Did you get his train ticket?"

Nov 4, 2018, 12:46pm

"As far as we know. Dave thinks so."

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

"What kind of animal do you have at home?"

Nov 4, 2018, 1:21pm

"Bloodhounds - - sleuth-hounds . . ."

"The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
by Arthur Conan Doyle

"Edith dear! Nothing the matter, I hope?"

Edited: Nov 4, 2018, 1:25pm

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Nov 4, 2018, 9:55pm

“You don’t want to know about it.”

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

“How can I make Cousin Mary like me?”

Nov 4, 2018, 10:59pm

"O Courageous One, thou must put this usurper to death . . ."

The Story of Rustem and other Persian
Hero Tales by Aboiqasen Ferdowsi (retold by Elizabeth Renninger

"Can gold or gems turn night to day?"

Nov 6, 2018, 7:20pm

“that is perplexing, is it not?”

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

“What was the tune my brother used to whistle, and always off-key?”

Nov 10, 2018, 1:09pm

"Oscar Scruggs."

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

"Would you ever go to bed with an android again?"

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 1:18pm

"I wish YOU did!"
(emphasis and punctation added)

"The Couple Next Door" by Margaret Millar

"Gone where?"

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 1:19pm


Nov 15, 2018, 2:13am

"to one of the rat holes on the east side with the hourly rates."

The Rib From Which I Remake the World by Ed Kurtz

“Show over?”

Nov 21, 2018, 12:26pm

"I shall pack my brushes and leave via the front door."

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

"Do you like my uniform?"

Nov 21, 2018, 12:49pm

"Arms that are braceleted and white and bare!..."
(punctuation revised)

"The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock"
by T. S. Eliot

"Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?"

Nov 22, 2018, 12:46am

“Boy howdy, do you worry too much! The face on you!”

The Rib From Which I Remake the World by Ed Kurtz


Nov 22, 2018, 11:24am

"'Yes, Headmaster, sir' said the class in dull unison."

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

"When will I stop feeling utterly tired?"

Nov 26, 2018, 2:54am

“Just relax. Sleep.”

The Warren by Brian Evenson

"Who is it that awakens when I sleep to take control of my body?"

Nov 26, 2018, 6:23am

"Your husband."

Daddy was a Number Runner by Louise Meriwether

"But how come you want to be a prostitute?"

Nov 27, 2018, 12:53am

"in truth I had never considered the question before and did not want to consider it now."

The Warren by Brian Evenson

"What is this place we are in?"

Nov 27, 2018, 4:31am

"Youʻre Irish, right? . . .How long have you been here?"

The Lemur by Benjamin Blackʻʻ

"You planning on staying?"

Edited: Dec 6, 2018, 8:40am

"Few of these people would have wanted to return to a bleak life of shovelling salt or scraping fish-scales."

The Stolen Village by Des Ekin

"What had happened to the 2 children who'd been abducted with her in 1631?"

Dec 11, 2018, 7:38pm

In an effort to help the two men . . .the Historical Committee
put together an overview of ther past-life connections.

Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records by Kevin Todeschi

"Why tell Beauty to be beautiful?"

Dec 14, 2018, 2:46am

"Not what you're thinking."

Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott

"How can you stand to read that trash?"

Dec 14, 2018, 4:57am

"Thatʻs the thing: . . .the trail dies there."

Guilt by Degrees by Marcia Clark

"You ready to discuss the CEO case?"

Dec 14, 2018, 12:31pm

"Ah, it's all nonsense. Don't get yourself involved in it."!

In the Beginning by Chaim Potok

"Does Mama need anything in the grocery store?"

Dec 14, 2018, 2:57pm

"No. Mother's furious."

Point of Hopes by Melissa Scott

"Is it true someone was killed last night?"

Dec 17, 2018, 2:00pm

"Don't be cross. It did no harm."

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor

-A book about a German baron who kept his wife shut up in a tower...and spent hours brushing her hair.
_How did it turn out?

Dec 17, 2018, 5:21pm

" . . . actually administered the blink-reflex tests(!)"
(Punctuation added)

A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

"You saw him do that?"

Dec 18, 2018, 1:44am

"Done like a gentleman"

Point of Dreams by Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett

"Brawling in the market, and without the excuse of drink?"

Dec 24, 2018, 8:00pm

"My God, .. . . . thereʻs blood everywhere!"

A Thriller: Code of Conduct by Brad Thor

"How do I know youʻre not carrying whatever was in
that clinic?"

Dec 26, 2018, 6:38am

"The old problem. Is Pique play-acting or not? Is this guile or the beginning of appendicitis?"

The Diviners by Margaret Laurence

-I expect you'll be getting your hair done.
-No...I can't go to the hairdresser any more.
-For God's sake, why not?

Dec 27, 2018, 3:22am

"...They say things lurk in the dark there."

Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott

"So what do we do now?"

Dec 27, 2018, 1:18pm

"I am going to be married, and I'm going to marry you."

Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas by Maya Angelou

"What's going to happen to you?"

Dec 27, 2018, 3:42pm

No response.

Mystery Child by Shirlee McCoy

"A cell phone, maybe? Something that she could
be tracked with?"

Dec 28, 2018, 3:45am

"It was those nasty dogs, Rosina..."

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

"But do you mean a boy or a girl?"

Edited: Dec 28, 2018, 7:34pm

"Cows and hens"

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

"How can I run a farm with no milk and no eggs?"

Dec 28, 2018, 5:32pm

"I do not know that that signifies."

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

"Publish what, you unreasonable man?"

Edited: Dec 31, 2018, 3:24pm

"I didn't mean to do it."

Killfile by Christopher Farnsworth

"And you're just telling me this now?"

Dec 29, 2018, 10:53pm

"Electioneering matters, and other troubles...made this peculiarly painful postponement absolutely necessary."

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

"Do you want to murder the man, sir; to murder him?"

Dec 30, 2018, 7:57am

"I am very sure. And I am hardly sure of anything in life, so you see this is exceptional."

Passion by Jude Morgan

"A purge for you today, miss Frances? A good strong dose of jalap and aloes?"

Dec 31, 2018, 12:22am

"But are you not preparing wretchedness and unhappiness for yourself?"

Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

"You ain't annoyed at what I said this morning, are you?"

Jan 1, 2019, 10:19am

"You're a little cross"

Passion by Jude Morgan

He pulled from his pocket a clasp-knife with an alarming blade.
-Do you always carry that about with you?

Jan 1, 2019, 2:38pm

"How perceptive"

Death's Head by Mel Keegan

"Where did they take you?"

Jan 3, 2019, 3:35pm

"Church on Sunday."

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

"Will I see you guys on Sunday?"

Jan 3, 2019, 4:06pm

"But why?"

A Nun in the Closet by Dorothy Gilman

What can it mean?"

Jan 3, 2019, 5:06pm

"You survived this time!"

Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

"Do you think she's innocent?"

Jan 5, 2019, 2:45pm

Her parents who visited a couple of times
a year had their doubta about Anna . . .

The Man who Came Uptown by George Pelecanos

"What were they doing?"

Jan 5, 2019, 4:55pm

"You know... there are a number of recommended methods of dealing with ghosts-- salt and iron, harmonic resonance, some people swear by exorcism-- ...but that's the first time I've seen anyone try a left hook."

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

"Is there a reason you have seven magpies tattooed on you?"

Jan 5, 2019, 4:59pm

" . . . to do whatever he wants ..."

The Man who Came Uptown by George pelecanos

"What would you name this place, if you had the chance?"

Edited: Jan 5, 2019, 9:41pm

"I suggest we get away from this hole and start afresh."

The Magpie Lord by KJ Charles

--I may need some supplies, just in case there is something to deal with.
--What sort of supplies? I'm not sure we have holy water. Or eye of newt.

Edited: Jan 7, 2019, 2:48pm

( . . .she had been issued a wall-starter for
her cell phone.)*

A Thriller: Code of Conduct by Brad Thor

"Why did you wander off?"

*(Punctuation added)

Jan 9, 2019, 12:58am

"...got better things to do than attend one of these time-wasting sessions."

Scorpio by Mel Keegan

"Where's a guy go to get laid and plastered, in that order, stay on the right side of the law and not go blind?"

Jan 9, 2019, 7:23pm

"Your drinking is difficult, your step heavy,
Every passer-by hurries away from you."

Selected Poems by Marina Tsvetaeva

"Was it with fingers like yours that Rogozhin
clasped the garden knif3e?"

Jan 11, 2019, 2:14am

"There's lots in the hedgerows near my village. Do you have a wicker basket?"

Waiting for the Flood by Alexis Hall

"(W)hat are you thinking about?"

Jan 12, 2019, 12:45pm

"We have to get off this moon. We have to get off right now."

Caliban's War by James S. A. Corey

"Why aren't you at your post?"

Jan 12, 2019, 2:42pm

"Mortal weapons are useless here."

Elric of Melniboné (in The Elric Saga, Part One), by Michael Moorcock

"And what is this little traitor doing with you?"

Jan 16, 2019, 12:33pm

"Bit my hand."

The Little Gentleman by Philippa Pearce

"Shall I be very dirty from having been underground?"

Jan 16, 2019, 5:52pm

"It is so, little one."

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

"Have I offended you?"

Edited: Jan 16, 2019, 6:09pm

“You didn’t seem to hear me when I spoke to you...(and) the stone kept growing around you."

The Silent City (book 8 of The Rifter) by Ginn Hale

“But what is it?”
“Just a simple talisman"
“What does it do exactly?”

Jan 17, 2019, 11:21am

"Why, my angel...we shall see."

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

"Are you drunk?"

Jan 17, 2019, 6:06pm

“Not right now"

The Rifter 10: His Holy Bones by Ginn Hale

“So, this isn’t the end? You swear?”

Jan 17, 2019, 8:28pm

"Are you sure he doesn't want anything else?"

So you don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood
by Patrick Modiano

"Perhaps ask me for money?"

Edited: Jan 18, 2019, 1:42am

"I fled the duties of an empire because I sought freedom...(and) freedom I must have."

The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (in The Elric Saga, part one by Michael Moorcock)

"What can you promise me, sir, if I sail on with you?"

Edited: Jan 18, 2019, 4:25pm

"I should have got in touch with you before now . . ."

So you Don't Get Lost in the Neighborhood by Patrick Modiano

"And where did you find this notebook?"

Jan 20, 2019, 12:53am

...in the crow's nest...

The Sailor on the Seas of Fate (in The Elric Saga, part one by Michael Moorcock)

"Are these real creatures or some sorcerer's conjurings?"

Jan 20, 2019, 12:28pm

"They fought, played, leaped about, and rode various animals...and the women beat the men who were with them with sorghum stalks, while the men had only bunches of fennel."

The Night Battles by Carlo Ginzburg

"When he went forth in the form of smoke, did he first anoint himself with any unguent or oil?"

Jan 21, 2019, 12:38pm

"Elder sister arrived last, with a bucket of boiled water in which mulberry root, ground almonds, urine, herbs, and roots steeped."

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

"Why didn't we just throw her in the stream when she was born?"

Jan 21, 2019, 5:16pm

"I made a joke in bad taste."

The Weird of the White Wolf, in The Elric saga, part 1 by Michael Moorcock

"What do you intend to do if I refuse?"

Jan 22, 2019, 2:48pm

". . .I'd much rather face an army . . ."

Umbertouched by Livia Blackburn

"You rescued us? I still can't wrap my mind around it."

Jan 22, 2019, 4:54pm

"So how about I tell you instead some more verifiable kinds of things?"

Winter by Ali Smith

"What's verifiable?"

Jan 22, 2019, 4:59pm

"Can I ask YOU *one thing first?"

"Robert B. Parker's WONDERLAND"
by Ace Atkins

"Why would they call this Wonderland?"

*emphasis added

Jan 22, 2019, 5:00pm

"I'll give you my answer in forty-eight hours!"

The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem

"I know furjoto."
"What's that?"

Jan 22, 2019, 6:03pm

I know. So why don't you? I thought you were supposed to be so very, very clever?"

The Last tudor by Philippa Gregory

"You want me naked?"

Jan 22, 2019, 7:16pm

"Every time."

Damage Control by Robert Dugoni

"Did you ever see him with anyone?"

Jan 23, 2019, 10:34pm

"No, I have not... Coppers a-bothering here all afternoon and still I haven't!"

Arabel's Raven by Joan Aiken

"How could you pinch an escalator?"

Jan 24, 2019, 3:35pm

"I believe there is another . . ."

Almost Everythintg; notes on Hope by
by Anne Lamott

After writing those words I stalled: WHAT DO I KNOW?*

*Italics, not caps in original

Jan 25, 2019, 3:20am

“Enough to know some of the local political crap.”

NARC: Stopover by Mel Keegan

"What's down there?"

Edited: Jan 26, 2019, 4:24pm



"What are we looking for exactly?"

*Italics, not caps in original

Jan 26, 2019, 12:52pm

"Air, sun, water, and firewood are free, if not always abundant."

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

"Do we stop living because a few people are unhappy?"

Jan 26, 2019, 2:02pm

"But we are to assume a different role."

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

"How do you propose that I help?"

Jan 26, 2019, 5:03pm

"You know it. . . .Let us have no false dele4icacy.
You know it."

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

"Oh! To what do you allude so cruelly, my love?"

Edited: Jan 26, 2019, 7:11pm

"Tell your brother to lay off the cologne, okay? It smells like a brothel in that bedroom."

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

"What's in that box?"

Jan 26, 2019, 7:17pm

"Will you split the reward with everyone?"

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie Dao

"How do you know?"

Jan 27, 2019, 12:13am

"I read it in your fairy handbook."

Luna by Julie Anne Peters

"What is your dream?"

Edited: Jan 29, 2019, 5:40pm

" . . . a perfect place to hide."

Follow me: the Killer you know by Sara Shepard


Jan 29, 2019, 4:11pm


Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

"What are you doing here?"

Jan 29, 2019, 7:01pm

"No one has been able to rpved that the election in
Ohio was rigged."

Conspiracy Theories (The Reference Shelf)
ed. by Paul McCaffrey

"Were the Levies Bombed in New Orleans?" (a chapter heading)

Jan 31, 2019, 3:59pm

"The attack had targeted two coffeehouses, both frequented by leftists and Alevis."

Strangeness in my Mind by Orhan Pamuk

"What do you think, Safiye?"

Jan 31, 2019, 6:22pm

I just want to walk out the door and go home.

Martians by Blythe Woolston

". . .Living in the dormatorium area?"

Jan 31, 2019, 9:18pm

“Freddie Murphy sells papers at the Brunswick, and he told me square that Belcourt’s put up at the Hoffman House.”

Invitation to the Dance by Tamara Allen

“I’m not in love... Are you?”

Feb 1, 2019, 4:22pm

"My sweetheart, you're so lovely..."

Strangeness in My Mind by Orhan Pamuk

"For God's sake, what's the matter with you?"

Feb 1, 2019, 4:31pm

"I don't know. But be careful, Mr. Olinger"

Ellery Queen's "Masters of Mystery"

"Was it you or Walter who didn't want children?"

Feb 1, 2019, 8:20pm

"I beg your pardon?"

Invitation to the dance by Tamara Allen

"Do ministers elope?"

Feb 2, 2019, 2:24pm


Trick = Scherzetto
by Domenico Starnone

"No? (I'm not your grandfather?} Then who's my grandson?

Feb 3, 2019, 12:30am

"A man of no real strength, easily swayed by bad company, who'll do absolutely anything he's told to."

Any old diamonds by KJ Charles

"Do you specialise in any particular sort of illustration?"

Feb 3, 2019, 3:21pm

"Full-color annotated..."

A Strangeness in my Mind by Orhan Pamuk

"Are you hungry?"

Feb 3, 2019, 4:43pm

“Certainly not. I do not consume anything but a little toast at breakfast time and I never eat red meats. That is an indulgence that leads to gout, corpulence, and unpleasantness of temper.”

Any old diamonds by KJ Charles

“And what will you do after your walk?”

Feb 10, 2019, 11:16am

"What usually ends up happening is that I completely wear myself out."

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

"What is reality going to do next?"

Edited: Feb 11, 2019, 2:11am

"Disguise, subterfuge and misdirection"

I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

-"What's in it?"

Feb 11, 2019, 9:08pm

"It's not tampering --"

Chainbreaker Book 2 of the Timekeeper Trilogy
by Tara Sim

"What's the plan?"

Feb 13, 2019, 8:45am

"...pompous phrases, dramatic postures, grandiloquent but ill-timed gestures..."

The Dilemmas of Lenin: Terrorism, War, Empire, Love, Revolution by Tariq Ali

"What is to be done?"

Feb 13, 2019, 7:21pm

"Have you talked to the president?"

Blue Gold by Clive Cussler with Paul Kemprecos

"You're a policeman? FBI?"

Feb 14, 2019, 12:36am

"I am the Queen of Queens!"

The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett

"Are you sure you are not an elf?"

Feb 14, 2019, 7:34pm

" . . . Hard to believe . . ."

Silent Night by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann

"Do you believe him?"

Edited: Feb 14, 2019, 9:05pm

"I don't trust them."

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

"Where do you come from?"

Feb 14, 2019, 9:10pm

" . . . in Boston." (punctuation added)

Silent Night by Robert B. Parker with Helen Brann

"Why have a place in Boston at all?"

Edited: Feb 15, 2019, 7:36pm

"Our watery kingdom is dark and deep, and I am ignorant."

The Dragon King's Daughter, translated by Yang Xianyi and Gladys Yang

"What has brought you to such a wretched state?"

Feb 15, 2019, 8:24pm

"Sometimes we succeed for a few days, even a
few weeks. Then when they are ill again, we treat t
them again."

Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry

"Do you understand me?"

Feb 18, 2019, 2:52am

"Why don't you speak to Ben...? He's very understanding about things like that."

The last of the really great whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

"What do you suppose is the most serious problem that grown-ups have?"

Feb 19, 2019, 2:35pm

"I don't know; I wasn't thinking."

All Saints' Day by Brent Benoit

"I wonder if he had a family?"

Feb 24, 2019, 12:40pm

"The Bear. And the demon called Midnight."

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

"If you are free, what will you do after you save my life?

Feb 25, 2019, 3:17pm

"I'm not likely to DO that, Mr. Burns!"

Simpsons Comic Show Stopper by Harper Desigtn

"How about $19.95?"

Mar 7, 2019, 7:01pm

"Those credit cards do not have limits."

Cut & Run by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban

"...you’ve never had a concussion? How the hell did you manage that?"

Mar 8, 2019, 7:25pm

"I haven't got a bloody clue."

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
by Mark Haddon

"Why did you say, 'I think you know . . .?"

Mar 12, 2019, 11:19am

“I’m not used to you being the brains of the operation..."

Fish & Chips by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban

"You know what I think we need?"

Mar 12, 2019, 3:59pm

"Let it go! You'll drive yourself bugshit."

Elevation by Stephen King

"Sometimes, huh?"

Mar 14, 2019, 11:04pm

“Care to expound on that?”

Divide & Conquer by Abigail Roux and Madeline Urban

"What's for dinner?"

Mar 15, 2019, 7:09pm

"Let me check some stuff."

Port of Shadows by Glen Cook

How Goes the Search for our Favorite duo?""

Apr 8, 2019, 5:41pm

"I decided to call it a day when aged fifty-eight."

Living the Life more Fabulous by Tricia Cusden

"What am I living for?"

Apr 8, 2019, 5:48pm

. . .you cannot tell what the pie is going to
be like from the outside.

Stonefish by Keri Hume*

"Are you making a pun?"

*met author

Apr 8, 2019, 5:59pm

"I regret the waste of time and energy when I could have been doing something more creative and satisfying."

Living the Life more Fabulous by Tricia Cusden

"How do you measure whether a society discriminates unfairly against older people?"

Apr 8, 2019, 6:04pm

" . . . has something to do with this case!"
{ punctuation added)

Stone Cold Texas Ranger by Nicole Helm

"Do you have to be so infuriatingly vague?"

Apr 10, 2019, 10:36pm

"Don't you be talking back to your mama like that"

Sam and the Tigers by Julius Lester

"You got a new coat, a new pair of pants, a new shirt, and new shoes. What else do you need?"

Apr 10, 2019, 10:40pm

" . . .the posessions left by Frank Mandt."

Ordeal by Jorn Liet Horst

"Who's the owner of the barn?"

Apr 12, 2019, 1:56am

"You haven't found her, I guess."

Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

"You are concerned about me? About my respectability perhaps? My personal safety?"

Apr 12, 2019, 6:21am

"We need the guidance of a psychiatrist to get a handle on your condition."

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

"Where's Charlie?"

Apr 12, 2019, 8:03pm

" . . . large room, with a smaller office off to
the right."

Ripple Effect by L. T. Ryan

"Still on track?"

Apr 12, 2019, 9:37pm

"You know better than that"

Tea with the Black Dragon by R. A. MacAvoy

"Can you handle a boat?"

Apr 12, 2019, 10:06pm

"That's what everybody seems to say."

After the Funeral by Agatha Christie

"You didn't hear any of their conversation?"

Apr 12, 2019, 10:14pm

"I don't know. I wish I had."

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu

"What happened to your fish?"

Apr 12, 2019, 10:18pm

"You idiot! That's a totally irresponsible suggestion!"

SIlence in Hanover Close by Anne Perry

"Were there many visitors in the house?"

Apr 13, 2019, 10:47pm

"Sebastian and Stephan, the Fitzgerald brothers. Henry. The foreman from Vasa. And Edgar too."

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

"Are you borrowing something?"

Edited: Apr 23, 2019, 11:22am

"Python slingbacks"

The Cool Factor by Andrea Linett

"What is your favorite body part to emphasize?"

Apr 23, 2019, 4:24pm

"I hope someone recorded it."

Bone Hook by Toby Neal

"So did she do assignments for you?"

Apr 25, 2019, 9:43am

"I never liked that girl."

Liberty Street by Dianne Warren

"Why'd you let her in?"

Apr 25, 2019, 4:53pm

"I don't know."

Perfect Alibi by Phillip Margolin

"Did anyone else visit Mr.Goins on any of those days?"

Apr 26, 2019, 1:08am

"...the Duchess of Blowdripping and her two sisters, Mellinid and Edil."

Bill the Minder by W. Heath Robinson

"Does any one of you feel at all like a duchess?"

Apr 26, 2019, 4:44am

"It's unfair that as a man I don't get to partake in as many fabulously embellished pieces as my female counterrparts."

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano

"Wouldnt it be nice to have glitter and lights everywhere twelve months a year?"

Apr 26, 2019, 6:36am

"No, Katie, I think people who would do something like this need help, more than anything."

Thank You for Smoking by Christopher Buckley

"Do you have any rope?"

Apr 26, 2019, 6:52am

"1 inch satin ribbon..."

The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano

"Why don't people take more pride in their mailboxes?"

Apr 26, 2019, 8:25pm

"I wish I could . . ."

Strange Days by Constantine Singer

"The Locusts live THERE?" (emphasis added)

Apr 30, 2019, 6:36pm

"This place has really bad feng shui"

Twisting the Rope by R. A. MacAvoy

"What will I be angry about, once I know about it?"

Apr 30, 2019, 7:37pm

"I bet he's sleeping in; not answering the phone."

A Clean Kill by Mike Stewart

"Aren't you interested in winning, Mr. McInnes?'

May 1, 2019, 1:36am

"...I have a secret which gives me a certain...edge over others in getting my way."

Twisting the Rope by R. A. MacAvoy

"...why are you drinking alcohol?"

May 1, 2019, 3:20am

"Are there side effects?"

Turkish Phrase book by Lonely Planet

"Where are the gay hangouts?"

Edited: May 1, 2019, 4:55pm

"Now you sound like the priest."

Twisting the Rope by R. A. MacAvoy

"How much can a three-year-old do in one day?"

May 1, 2019, 7:37pm

"I nod to show her I heard, but I don't know what
to feel about that.

Strange Days by Constantine Singer


May 3, 2019, 2:52am

“Let’s work on your hair.”

Murder House by Jordan Castillo Price

“Can’t I come in?”

May 3, 2019, 7:38pm

"Sir . . . you're not allowed back here."

A Clean Kill by Mike Stewart

"But I'm curious how you knew about her?"

May 3, 2019, 7:48pm

Back in the day, she was known as the Rat Queen of Chicago.

Murder House by Jordan Castillo Price

“All clear?”

Edited: May 3, 2019, 7:52pm

" . . . how much do you know about statistical analysis?"

A Clean Kill by Mike Stewart

"Well, could I have them, please?"

May 4, 2019, 11:20am

"I'll get fired."

Down the River by Edward Abbey

"How about beer cans?"

May 4, 2019, 3:50pm

"Oh, Mina, you're just in time!"

Murder Frames the Scene; a Hawai'i Mystery
by Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl

"The models use it. Shall we get started?"

May 6, 2019, 11:06pm

"There are doubtless alternatives."

A Case of Possession by KJ Charles

"What did he do to that horrible tax collector?"

Edited: May 7, 2019, 3:44pm

" . . . I really wasn't expecting an answer, but I
got one anyway: 'Beats me.' "

Vertical Coffin by Stephen Cannell

Was it a barricaded location?

May 7, 2019, 4:09pm

“It’s open.”

Flight of Magpies by KJ Charles

“Is this one of the funny jobs, sir?”

May 7, 2019, 4:22pm

"I still can't believe all this happened."

Vertical Coffin by Stephen Cannell

"Would it help if I told you I tried hard to break it
up before it started?"

May 7, 2019, 4:32pm

“You really are outstandingly unhelpful"

Flight of Magpies by KJ Charles

"...have you felt entirely yourself through all this? Any peculiar sensations or unfamiliar symptoms?”

May 7, 2019, 4:40pm

"I was . . . in the toilet, throwing up."

Vertical Coffin by Stephen Cannell

Who are you supposed to be -- Deepak Chopra?

May 7, 2019, 4:52pm

I am a man of my word.

Flight of Magpies by KJ Charles

“What are you looking at?”

Edited: May 7, 2019, 8:14pm


"Robert B, Parker's "The Hangman's Sonnet"
by Reed Farrel Coleman

"So what were you guys arguing about?"

May 7, 2019, 10:04pm

“Doesn’t matter now. It’s been dealt with."

Jackdaw by KJ Charles

"What, exactly, are you talking about?”

May 7, 2019, 10:19pm

Like a lot of hard drinkers, McCleary hadn't lost
any of his wood-brown hair, and none of it was

You were Never Really here by Jonathan Ames

"Did he tell you WHERE he saw me?"

May 9, 2019, 2:01am

"He hasn't told me anything. He hasn't said anything of any significance to me at all."

Proper English by KJ Charles

"...have you ever seen a more obvious drug fiend?"

May 9, 2019, 9:17am

"She's a good lady...Anyone who knows her knows that."

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

"Why don't you do something?"

May 9, 2019, 1:14pm

“It is hard to know what to do.”

Proper English by KJ Charles

“What do you think is wrong with him?”

May 9, 2019, 4:30pm

"Lactose intolerant."

Secret Past by Sharee Stover

"What was Daniel talking about?"

May 9, 2019, 8:44pm

"...he is self-conscious about assaulting his hosts’ son-in-law."

Proper English by KJ Charles

"Why on earth did he come?"

May 9, 2019, 10:21pm

"Detective Graham is right: Why here?"

The Thanksgiving Target by Laura Scott

"Have you spoken to the officer assigned to
Melissa's case?"

May 10, 2019, 4:31pm

"I'll see to it."

Think of England by KJ Charles

"What do you need to deal with that alarm in the library?"

May 10, 2019, 7:35pm

"Run that by me again?"

Abduction by Robin Cook

"Does anyone speak any English? .. . Any English at all or
maybe some Spanish?"

May 10, 2019, 8:12pm

"What are you babbling about?"

Think of England by KJ Charles

"Was he offensive to you?"

May 10, 2019, 8:19pm

"But we do need to know how we should address
each of you."

Abduction by Robin Cook

"Where's the pavilion?"

May 10, 2019, 8:36pm

"We're not quite sure..."

Think of England by KJ Charles

"What do they eat in South Africa?"

May 10, 2019, 8:51pm

"There's not one overweight person in the
entire crowd."

Abduction by Robin Cook

"Are you still thinking this is some kind of
military installation?"

Edited: May 10, 2019, 9:04pm

"Really. I'm astonished you weren't a general."

Think of England by KJ Charles

"How did they catch you?"

Edited: May 10, 2019, 9:12pm

"Sufa admitted several things to me. FIrst she
confirmed that what we'd gone through was a

Abduction by Robin Cook

"Donald, does that mean that you know what that gas was?"

May 10, 2019, 9:21pm

"...from inside the corridor, it's impossible not to see what they're up to"

Think of England by KJ Charles

"Was that what they call a berserk state?"

Edited: May 10, 2019, 9:24pm

" . . .a bit more extroverted than I."

Abduction by Robin Cook

"What happened, Sart?"

May 10, 2019, 9:38pm

"I slept all day."

Think of England by KJ Charles

"Ah...have you done that before?"

May 10, 2019, 9:42pm

"I'd say that's about right."

Abduction by Robin Cook

"Can't either of you remember anything about how
you got here?"

May 10, 2019, 9:56pm

"Why would I?"

Think of England by KJ Charles

"What would you like to talk about?"

May 10, 2019, 10:00pm

"Richie, you got to try this stuff!"

Abduction by Robin Cook

"Doesn't anybody have an opinion?"

Edited: May 10, 2019, 10:19pm

"For the record... your mother's a whore."

Think of England by KJ Charles

"How did you know?"

May 11, 2019, 3:39pm

Up here, near the palace walls, it wasn't hard to
know when Endrick's condors were near.

"The Traitor's Game" by Jennifer Nielsen

"Then why are you ignoring her connection to
the Banished?"

May 12, 2019, 1:48pm

"I've exhausted my source."

The Woman in the Woods by John Connolly

"Has anyone mentioned hate crime?"

May 13, 2019, 3:18pm

"And if HE doesn't?" (emphasis added)

Snap Judgment by Marcia Clark

"What? Is he getting a gun?"

May 15, 2019, 2:33am

“He’s got quite a case of egomania"

Aphelion by Mel Keegan

“What do you make of Earth?”

May 15, 2019, 11:18pm

"We'll work on that."

Thanks a Thousand; a gratitude journey
by A. J. Jacobs

"You get some grouchy people?"

May 16, 2019, 12:33am

"We have assassins aboard."

Aphelion by Mel Keegan

"You thinking what I'm thinking? The gentle art of deception?"

May 16, 2019, 5:02pm

"I am afraid I cannot do that, because I am not
in favor of the bonus."

The Bonus Army: an American Epic
by Paul Dickson & Thomas B. Allen

"Hello, 'Kingfish'; how are you?

Edited: May 17, 2019, 5:27pm

"Do I know you?"

Aphelion by Mel Keegan

"Why in seven hells are you still alive?”

May 17, 2019, 5:31pm

"I see now what I'm up against."

The Killing Frost by Scott Gamboe

"Okay . . . Start at the beginning; what happened?"

May 22, 2019, 12:16am

Three children were running through the woods...

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

"Where did your sister learn these theories, Tatiana?"

May 22, 2019, 7:43pm

" . . .A shore job."

Shooting at Loons by Margaret Maron

"That's why she invites people from all walks."

"And what's your walk?"

Edited: May 25, 2019, 3:51pm

"As in---am I a duchess or a spy or something?"

Kiss the Girls and Make Them Spy by Mabel Maney

"Anything interesting happen last night after I left the bar?"

Edited: Jun 5, 2019, 9:47pm

" . . .I began to cry, which I never, ever and I mean
EVER* did. I was a "man." . . .But when Jesus came
in and touched my heart that night, I couldn't stop myself
from crying out."

"Jesus the True Vine" by Jesse DuPlantis

"Do you know what happened to me?"

*italics, not caps in original.

Jun 8, 2019, 7:51am

"Grapelike warts; some he has treated with acid, and the treatment has left small patches of weeping flesh that I find particularly sickening when he handles the dishes of under-cooked goat."

Every Eye by Isabel English

"Could I have the remains of your butter if you don't want it?"

Jun 8, 2019, 3:18pm

"Well, just for five minutes, if you insist."

"The Frozen Cuckoo" in The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken

"Do you deny that you enticed the cat away by black arts, and then kidnapped the cuckoo?"

Jun 8, 2019, 4:29pm

"Well, of course!"

Book Clubbed by Lorna Barrett

"Is that why they call you the village jinx?"

Edited: Jun 9, 2019, 11:15pm

"The impertinence! ...The barefaced, unparalleled effrontery of coming here and saying that to me! I suppose you did it as a deliberate insult."

"Armitage, Armitage, Fly Away Home" in The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken

"Now what is it you are collecting in aid of?"

Jun 10, 2019, 3:53pm

" . . . pies that have unusual ingredients."

Key lime Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

"Do you want me to carry something?"

Jun 11, 2019, 4:05am

"His broken tooth"

The Blue Room by Hanne Orstavik

"They're a danger to women...what if he'd tied you up?"

Jun 12, 2019, 8:59pm

"...Spontaneous combustion."

Spectred Isle by KJ Charles

“See anything you like?”

Jun 12, 2019, 9:11pm

"Hell, yeah! Told you I was gon' make something happen."

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

"You got some king-size Skittles, Bri?"

Jun 12, 2019, 10:33pm

“Not in this land, not in this city"

Spectred Isle by KJ Charles

“You’re a salesman? Of what?”

Jun 12, 2019, 10:41pm

Oh yes . . . I have no doubt Carson considers those assets.
but I have another . . .

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

"Father or brother?"

Jun 12, 2019, 11:44pm

"...uncles. The two of them.”

Spectred Isle by KJ Charles

“Do you have any idea what you’re about?”

Jun 13, 2019, 4:59pm


Courting Trouble by Lisa Scottoline

"Why don't you leave it with me?"

Jun 13, 2019, 7:56pm

"That puts me at rather a disadvantage, no?"

Spectred Isle by KJ Charles

"How in blazes do you know about Cambridgeshire's prevailing winds?"

Jun 14, 2019, 10:12am

"In about as coarse a sense as you can imagine."

A Month of Sundays by John Updike

"When did these feelings of distaste begin?"

Jun 14, 2019, 2:53pm

"I was trying to express human feelings as requested. Christ, you're fussy."

Spectred Isle by KJ Charles

"What did your family do with your black sheep, if not disowning?"

Jun 14, 2019, 7:43pm

. . . lost young pup.

Valerian, the Complete Collection
by Pierre Christin

"How on earth did you escape?"

Jun 17, 2019, 12:53am

"That was a bit of play-acting"

Killing the Lawyers by Reginald Hill

"So you're here professionally?"

Jun 17, 2019, 4:22pm

"I'm just trying to help out."

The Other Americans by Laila Lalani

"You want me to read the text t you?

Jun 17, 2019, 5:43pm

"Please, Willie"

Killing the Lawyers by Reginald Hill

"So what's happened to your shoe?"

Edited: Jun 17, 2019, 5:52pm

"Look at the mere facts."

The Club of Queer Trades by G. K, Chesterton

"May I ask how it occured?"

Jun 17, 2019, 6:25pm

"...your friend's daughter had got your telephone number wrong!"

Killing the Lawyers by Reginald Hill

"Anyone there?"

Jun 17, 2019, 6:37pm

(Once again she heard the creek of a footstep overhead!)
(punctuation added)

Wired Courage by Toby Neal

"You didn't know what she was doing to us?"

Jun 17, 2019, 6:54pm

"And here's me thinking you were her financial advisor."

Killing the Lawyers by Reginald Hill

"Is he an honorary lady or what?"

Jun 18, 2019, 5:32pm

"Seems the Council has been planning this for a
long time."

All these Worlds by Dennis Taylor

"Uh Huh. You thinking of heading for the galactic core?"

Jun 19, 2019, 1:52am

"How right you are, Captain."

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

"Might we perhaps further address the question of the gentleman you murdered?"

Jun 19, 2019, 6:10am

"Several preconditions are necessary if you are going to do such a thing."

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

"How about shaving your legs?"

Edited: Jun 19, 2019, 4:35pm

"You are to change immediately."*

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

"Wait. Were you being sarcastic?"

*(italics in original)

Jun 19, 2019, 8:39pm

"Do you want to talk about it?"

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

'What do you mean?"

Jun 19, 2019, 9:39pm

"Frankly, if he implemented such a needlessly circuitous plan to cover such a trivial offence he deserves to get away with it."

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

"Have you experienced any strange presences in your dreams or an unaccountable sense of being spied upon?"

Jun 19, 2019, 9:47pm

". . . the only member of the Tomorrow Men wh is
not a hero."

Comics will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

"Are you still running?"

Jun 19, 2019, 9:52pm

"Surely you can work that out for yourself."

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

"So who am I?"

Jun 19, 2019, 9:55pm

"Everyone's a nerd, nowadays."

Comics will Break your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

"What does she do with all her art?"

Jun 19, 2019, 10:30pm

"Have you even read her latest collection?"

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

"What actually did happen back then? With the scandal, I mean."

Jun 19, 2019, 10:58pm

"Did you know him as a teenager?"

Comics will Break your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

"How're the Warricks? Have they started counting down to
the movie yet?"

Jun 20, 2019, 1:53am

"No, darling, that's just for fun."

The Affair of the Mysterious Letter by Alexis Hall

"Was there something in the poems?"

Jun 20, 2019, 5:02pm

"But THIS is something!"
(emphasis and punctuation added).

Opposite of Always by Justin Reynolds

"You have anything on you? Weapons, drugs or the like?"

Jun 21, 2019, 1:51am

"I'm not sure. I expect so"

A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill

"What kind of plane do you fly?"

Jun 21, 2019, 8:51pm

. . . " 'died in servicer', like all the others.

Justice Hall by Laurie King

"In that case I should like to ask . . . how your
nephew Gabriel was killed?

Jun 21, 2019, 9:07pm

"Run down by a traction engine. It was in the papers."

A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill

"Wasn't that your wife I met yesterday?"

Jun 21, 2019, 9:14pm

". . . . . quite well known!"

Justice Hall by Laurie King

"What are we to tellhim?"

Edited: Jun 21, 2019, 9:46pm

"Pretend to be a Mormon missionary or something."

A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill

"What else have you been up to that I ought to know about, Peter?"

Jun 21, 2019, 9:55pm

" . . . restless for distraction here."

Justice Hall by Laurie King

"Your people have lived here since 1243?"

Jun 21, 2019, 10:06pm

"I've just got home this minute."

A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill

"Fell down stairs as well, did you?"

Jun 21, 2019, 10:08pm

"Once, bariefly."

Justice Hall by Laurie King

"Why 'afraid'?"

Jun 21, 2019, 10:30pm

"Perhaps that medium woman got some of it right after all."

A Killing Kindness by Reginald Hill

"What are you trying to say, Sergeant?"

Jun 21, 2019, 10:37pm

"Self saacrifice could take many forms. The only
common characteristic was the high cost to
the giver."

{Justice Hall by Laurie King

"Will it affect you?"

Jun 25, 2019, 2:22am

"Nowt to worry over. It'll be sorted by tomorrow and I'll be back down, worse luck."

Under World by Reginald Hill

"What did your parents say?"

Edited: Jun 25, 2019, 9:44pm

"They're asking for access to the house. Nothing
to worry about there."

The Stolen Angel by Sara Blaedel

"Can I go?"

Jun 25, 2019, 8:19pm

"No way"

Under World by Reginald Hill

"What the hell are you muttering about, lad?"

Jun 25, 2019, 9:47pm

" . . . here aboiut the burglary!". (punctuaation added)

The Wanted by Robert Crais

"Are we alone?"

Edited: Jun 26, 2019, 1:13am

"Mr. Peake's had a rather bad cold--that's why you can't see him very well"

'Tea at Ravensburgh' in The Serial Garden by Joan Aiken

"Should we adventure in a boat?"

Jun 26, 2019, 2:24pm


All Kinds of Truths by Wayne Turner

"Have you forgotten Mrs. Pearl?"

Jun 26, 2019, 9:10pm

"Then I'd better make the most of it,
hadn't I?"

Murder on the Caronia by Conrad Allen

"What sort of people need a police escort?"

Jun 27, 2019, 5:15am

"Wandering bears."

Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2019 by Lonely Planet

"Fancy a peek at Paris the day after the 1789 Revolution?"

Edited: Jun 27, 2019, 4:17pm

"I just came out looking for Eddy."

All Kinds of Truths by Wayne Turner

"Wendell, do you believe in magic?"