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Val McDermid

  • ... he struggled to remember. It was like watching an elephant crochet.

  • Not even a hand-stitched suit could hide a body gone ruinously to seed. I was tempted to offer some fashion advice, but I didn't think he'd welcome the news that this year, bellies are being worn inside the trousers.

  • We started with a platter of mixed meats, most of which looked and tasted like they'd made their getaway from the local cobbler.

  • No woman is a heroine to her dentist.

  • There is a god, and she likes me.

Val McDermid, Scottish writer, journalist

(1955)