Category Archives: Great Quotes

Unforgettable First Lines–The Louise Penny edition

From Still Life, the first of Louise Penny’s Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries: “Miss Jane Neal met her maker in the early morning mist of Thanksgiving Sunday. It was pretty much a surprise all around.” For the record, Penny has a pretty … Continue reading

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Memorable Quotes from somewhere in the middle of a book: The David Liss Edition

From The Twelfth Enchantment by David Liss: “Lucy no longer believed herself destined for anything in particular. Her life had come to feel alien, as though her soul itself were not hers, but a copy so clever in its construction … Continue reading

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Memorable Quotes from somewhere in the middle of a book: HEY! That’s my name! Edition

You may have noticed, I have an unusual name. I’ve heard over the years of a few other people named Shala roving around America.  One lives in New Jersey, and has (or had) a furniture store named Shala II in … Continue reading

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Memorable quotes from somewhere in the middle of a book: The Brian Moore Edition

From The Doctor’s Wife, by Brian Moore: “The future is forbidden to no one. Unless we forbid it to ourselves.” If I could emblazon this on the walls of our freshly repainted office I would.

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Memorable quotes from somewhere in the middle of a book: Silent Night by Deanna Raybourn

From Silent Night: A Lady Julia Christmas Novella by Deanna Raybourn. This particular passage takes place as the Lady Julia, her husband Nicholas Brisbane, her sister Portia, and her sister’s adopted child, Jane, are gathering to drive out to the … Continue reading

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Memorable quotes from somewhere in the middle of a book

From A Catch of Consequence by Diana Norman: “Like most Boston Puritans, Makepeace had a pragmatic relationship with the Lord, regarding him as a celestial managing director and herself as a valued worker in His company.”

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Unforgettable First Lines–The Deanna Raybourn edition

From Silent in the Grave, the first of Deanna Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey mysteries: “To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the … Continue reading

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Reason #543 why I love reading Christopher Moore

From Bloodsucking Fiends, a description of turkey bowling on a grocery store’s night shift: A collective gasp rose from the crew as the fourteen-pound, self-basting, fresh-frozen projectile of wholesome savory goodness plowed into the soap bottles like a freight train … Continue reading

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Another unexpected gem, this one from Josephine Tey

“The trouble with you, dear, is that you think an angel of the Lord as a creature with wings, whereas he is probably a scruffy little man with a bowler hat.” Josephine Tey‘s The Franchise Affair is full of writing … Continue reading

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