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Martha Grimes

  • The English inn stands permanently planted at the confluence of the roads of history, memory, and romance.

  • ... in the sanctum sanctorum of dusty men's clubs ... rigor mortis seemed a cause rather than an effect of death.

  • Wiggins was about to answer, and seeing he might be divulging privileged information, shut up like a drawer.

  • Arnold was a dog's dog. Whenever he shuffled along walks and through alleyways, he always gave the impression of being onto something big.

  • ... in the manner of all humans, who are convinced the one call gone unanswered must be The Call, the hot-line from the Universe, Jury weakened and plucked up the receiver.

  • It was possible to talk to Agatha and read simultaneously.

  • Talking's just a nervous habit.

  • Most people see what they want to, or at least what they expect to.

  • He was the type who'd be any man's mirror: you couldn't help looking at him without wanting to straighten your tie and curse your tailor.

  • Fictional characters, he had lately found, were generally more interesting dinner companions than flesh-and-blood ones.

  • Writing is an antisocial act.

  • You can't be blocked if you just keep on writing words. Any words. People who get 'blocked' make the mistake of thinking they have to write good words.

  • ... writers just kept on staring at nothing until they wrote something. Might be two minutes or two weeks.

  • I cleared my throat — it isn't frogs you get in your throat; it's memories.

  • We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.

    • Martha Grimes
  • He flashed that smile, piratical, conspiratorial, like a man with a knife between his teeth.

Martha Grimes, U.S. writer

(1931)