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19,995. Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner. You have attempted to tinge it with romanticism, which produces much the same effect as if you worked a love-story or an elopement into the fifth proposition of Euclid. (Crime & Detective) Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four 1890
19,996. How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth? (Crime & Detective) ibid.
6,486. 'My mind,' he said, ‘rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor the dull routine of existence. I crave for mental exaltation. That is why I have chosen my own particular profession, or rather created it, for I am the only one in the world.’ (Mind & Existence & Detective) ibid.
19,991. Singularity is almost invariably a clue. The more featureless and commonplace a crime is, the more difficult is it to bring it home. (Crime & Detective) Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1892
19,992. It is quite a three-pipe problem, and I beg that you won’t speak to me for fifty minutes. (Crime & Smoking & Detective) ibid.
19,993. ‘Excellent,’ I cried. ‘Elementary,’ said he. (Crime & Detective) Arthur Conan Doyle, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 1894
19,994. Ex-Professor Moriarty of mathematical celebrity ... is the Napoleon of crime, Watson. (Crime & Detective) ibid.
69,905. It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgement. Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: A Study in Scarlet
7,347. The past years has been filled with revelations about private detectives and journalists illegal accessing personal information on celebrities. But there is also a lucrative black market in information about you and me. All your secrets are up for sale. (Information & Detective & Secret) Dispatches: Watching the Detectives, Channel 4 2012
13,001. The Devil in the Catholic Church is so protected now that he is like an animal protected by the government. (Catholicism & Devil) Satanic Vatican
13,744. Plots come to one at such odd moments, when you’re walking along the street and examining a hat shop with particular interest, suddenly a splendid idea comes into your head and you think now that would be a very neat way of covering up the crime so that nobody would get it too soon. Of course all the practical details are still to work out. The people have to seep slowly into your consciousness. (Murder & Story & Detectives) Agatha Christie
13,745. Ackroyd was sitting as I had left him in the arm-chair before the fire. His head had fallen sideways, and clearly visible, just below the collar of his coat, was a shining piece of twisted metalwork. (Murder & Detective) Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
13,746. What kind of people read detective stories and why? Invariably, I think, the busy people, the workers of the world. (Murder & Detective) Agatha Christie, essay
69,911. ‘You’ve a pretty good nerve,’ said Ratchett. ‘Will twenty thousand dollars tempt you?’
‘It will not.’
‘If you’re holding out for more, you won’t get it. I know what a thing’s worth to me.’
‘I, also M Ratchett.’
‘What’s wrong with my proposition?’
Poirot rose. ‘If you will forgive me for being personal – I do not like your face, M. Ratchett,’ he said. (Detective & Face) Agatha Christie, Murder on the Orient Express
69,902. He [Hercule Poirot] tapped his forehead. ‘These little grey cells. It is “up to them”.’ Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles 1920
69,910. ‘It often seems to me that's all detective work is, wiping out your false starts and beginning again.’
‘Yes, it is very true, that. And it is just what some people will not do. They conceive a certain theory, and everything has to fit into that theory. If one little fact will not fit it, they throw it aside. But it is always the facts that will not fit in that are significant.’ (Detective & Mystery & Theory) Agatha Christie, Death on the Nile
69,913. You surprise me, Hastings. Do you not know that all celebrated detectives have brothers who would be even more celebrated than they are were it not for constitutional indolence? Agatha Christie, The Big Four
13,808. Two new developments in the fight against crime: there was forensic science and the coming of a new kind of hero – the detective. (Murder & Forensic Science & Detective) A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley II: Detection Most Ingenious
13,812. Edwardian press barons were demanding a murder a day for the pleasure of their newspaper readers. And even more so in the two decades between the wars when there was a great explosion of crime in the novels of the golden age of detective fiction. And the very best of it written by women. (Murder & Detective) A Very British Murder with Lucy Worsley III: The Golden Age
13,813. They made armchair detectives out of all of us. (Murder & Detective) ibid.
20,702. Spade & Archer Detective Agency. (GBH Films & Firm Noir & Detective) The Maltese Falcon 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart & Mary Astor & Gladys George & Peter Lorre & Barton MacLane & Lee Patrick & Sydney Greenstreet & Ward Bond & Jerome Cowan & Elisha Cook junior et al, director John Huston, opening scene
20,764. Vivian: So you’re a private detective. I didn’t know they existed, except in books. Or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you’re a mess, aren’t you?
Marlowe: I’m not very tall either. Next time, I’ll come on stilts, wear a white tie and carry a tennis racket. (GBH Films & Film Noir & Detective) The Big Sleep 1946 starring Humphrey Bogart & Lauren Bacall & John Ridgely & Martha Vickers & Peggy Knudsen & Regis Toomey & Charles Waldron & Charles D Brown & Bob Steele et al, director Howard Hawkes
24,205. Earth. United States. San Francisco. California. 1941 A.D. File: Dixon Hill Private Detective. (Star Trek & Detective) Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Big Goodbye s1e12, Picard to holodeck computer
69,903. What the detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order. P D James, cited Face December 1986
69,904. I had an interest in death from an early age. It fascinated me. When I heard, Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, I thought, Did he fall or was he pushed. P D James, cited Paris Review 1995