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1MysteryWatcher
aug 31, 2008, 3:34pm

There's a game played in the Baker Street group that I thought we might like to try. Basically, a line or passage is given from one of Agatha Christie's stories. After somebody correctly identifies which story it is from, they post the next quotation.

Anyone want to play? First quotation below.

"a man may work towards a certain object, may labour and toil to attain a certain kind of leisure and occupation, and then find that, after all, he yearns for the old busy days, and the old occupations he thought himself so glad to leave."

3MysteryWatcher
sep 6, 2008, 3:20pm

Ding! Ding! Ding!

Your turn.

4sqdancer
sep 6, 2008, 12:50am

Hmm, let's try this one:

"Really, M. Poirot, if you had been to Petra you would realize that the journey there is a somewhat strenuous business for an old woman whose cardiac condition was unsatisfactory."

5MysteryWatcher
sep 7, 2008, 10:01am

6sqdancer
Redigeret: sep 7, 2008, 3:25pm

Got it. :)
Your turn.

7MysteryWatcher
sep 11, 2008, 4:24am

Alrighty then, what about this:

"I suggest that your friend may have witnessed a scene such as she described but that it was much less serious than she supposed."

8sqdancer
sep 11, 2008, 5:38am

9MysteryWatcher
sep 12, 2008, 8:06am

I thought that was vague enough to stump anyone. Hmph. Note to self: Be more obscure.

Bring it on.

10TheCount
sep 30, 2008, 4:25pm

I really want to play, so let the games begin again:

"It was hushed up very nicely ... but he was murdered, wasn't he?"

11LydiaHD
sep 30, 2008, 3:56am

Sounds as though it could be Funerals Are Fatal, a.k.a. After the Funeral.

12TheCount
okt 1, 2008, 9:35pm

Yes! You got it!!

13LydiaHD
okt 3, 2008, 5:35am

I'll put in a new quote when I get home from work this morning...if I remember!

14LydiaHD
okt 3, 2008, 4:19pm

"It is against Nature for a man to grovel. Women and Nature have almost exactly the same reactions! Remember it is better to take the largest plate within reach and fling it a woman's head than it is to wriggle like a worm whenever she looks at you!"

15TheCount
okt 6, 2008, 3:51pm

Mesopotamian Murder, perhaps?

16LydiaHD
okt 6, 2008, 3:58pm

Actually it's Murder in Mesopotamia, but clearly that's what you meant. Over to you.

17TheCount
okt 8, 2008, 3:52pm

Of course! My mistake... ok here goes:
"Friends accept this, the only intimation."

18sqdancer
okt 8, 2008, 4:10pm

Sounds like A murder is announced.

19TheCount
okt 8, 2008, 7:10pm

Yup! Your turn...

20sqdancer
okt 8, 2008, 2:42am

"It was not her they meant to kill, Mademoiselle! It was you! They were misled by the shawl."

21LydiaHD
okt 9, 2008, 8:42am

Peril At End House. I love that one.

22sqdancer
okt 9, 2008, 3:09pm

I knew that was too easy :)

Your turn.

23LydiaHD
okt 11, 2008, 6:36am

"These things are sent to try us. Yes, these things are sent to try us. At least, I suppose so. I don't see what else they can be sent for...."

24tiegster
nov 2, 2008, 3:02pm

Towards Zero

Here's a new one to get us going again:

"I did not deceive you, mon ami. At most, I permitted you to deceive yourself."

25LydiaHD
nov 4, 2008, 9:55am

Yes, of course you're right, tiegster.

27tiegster
nov 7, 2008, 12:54am

Yep...you're turn.

28TheCount
nov 7, 2008, 3:15am

"The letters were brought in at twenty minutes to nine. It was just ten minutes to nine when I left him, the letter still unread. I hesitated with my hand on the door handle, looking back and wondering if there was anything I had left undone."

29tiegster
nov 8, 2008, 6:33pm

*gack!* I know this one...but I won't answer since I just had one earlier. One of the best ever, by the way. Good choice, Count.

31TheCount
nov 10, 2008, 4:37pm

You got it! I love that book, it was my first Christie!

32mstrust
nov 10, 2008, 2:58am

It is one of her best!
Here's the next clue:
"It might be just some mentally disturbed nut who likes killing people and whose idea of playing with water is to push somebody's head under it and hold it there."

33tiegster
nov 12, 2008, 5:00pm

*confound it!* I know this one too...still letting other people guess, before I answer.

34bluetruedream
nov 14, 2008, 12:23am

35mstrust
nov 14, 2008, 2:33am

Yes!
Your turn.

36bluetruedream
nov 15, 2008, 12:12am

How about this:
"I didn't want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing, that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself."

37tiegster
nov 30, 2008, 10:47pm

Endless night.

&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp"No, sir. If you ask me, there aren't any top secrets anywhere. During the war I often noticed that a barber in London knew more than the High Command."

38MysteryWatcher
jan 14, 2009, 10:02pm

39tiegster
jan 15, 2009, 9:47pm

Yep...your turn

40MysteryWatcher
jan 17, 2009, 8:10am

O.K. *rubs hands together*

""She said-" George pronounced the words with some reluctance, apologising for them in advance as it were, "that she wanted to consult you about a murder she might have committed."

41mstrust
jan 18, 2009, 3:33pm

Just a guess- is it Sparkling Cyanide?

42MysteryWatcher
jan 20, 2009, 11:53am

Nope. Keep 'em coming. And here's a hint: it's a Poirot mystery.

43Miela
jan 20, 2009, 10:52pm

I'm pretty sure it's Third Girl.

44MysteryWatcher
jan 21, 2009, 2:43pm

Booyah!

Your turn.

45Miela
jan 21, 2009, 2:17am

I'm afraid I'll have to let someone else take my turn; all
of my Agatha Christie novels are at home.

46MysteryWatcher
jan 26, 2009, 2:50pm

Well in that case, the field is open, ladies and gents. First in can post the next quote.

47mstrust
jan 26, 2009, 6:18pm

I'll have a go-
"I told them what they ought to do was ring up the police. Whether they did or not I don't know. Not my business. They're a bit dumb, both of them-but kindly folk."

48MysteryWatcher
feb 24, 2009, 4:30pm

I think that might be At Bertram's Hotel.

49mstrust
feb 24, 2009, 6:39pm

Correct! I was beginning to think I had made it too difficult.
Your turn.

50MysteryWatcher
feb 25, 2009, 6:18am

It was a toughie.

"The second clue will be found in a box under the centre of the tennis net."

51ryn_books
feb 25, 2009, 10:07am

Dead Man's Folly (because of the treasure hunt)

52MysteryWatcher
feb 25, 2009, 11:41am

Yep.

53ryn_books
feb 25, 2009, 1:13pm

OK, here's a quote from Poirot....."The knees of a woman of twenty-three or twenty-four can never really be mistaken for the knees of a girl of fourteen or fifteen"

54sqdancer
feb 26, 2009, 5:56pm

55ryn_books
feb 26, 2009, 9:59pm

Yep! your turn

56sqdancer
feb 26, 2009, 4:16am

Another one from Poirot....."A railway guide, you say. A Bradshaw -- or an A.B.C.?"

57ryn_books
mar 1, 2009, 2:50am

I think I know this one...but I won't answer since I just had one immediately earlier too.

58sqdancer
Redigeret: mar 16, 2009, 10:23pm

ryn, it doesn't seem that anyone else wants to answer. :)

59ryn_books
mar 16, 2009, 11:02pm

OK - I was assuming it was The ABC Murders unless that was too screamingly obvious.

60sqdancer
mar 16, 2009, 12:07am

You're right, of course. I thought it was an easy one. Maybe we're the only two still hanging around here. :)

61ryn_books
mar 16, 2009, 12:34am

Must be. I'll put another one up tonight when I'm home from work. (late a.m. Maine time)

62MysteryWatcher
mar 17, 2009, 8:15am

Hey sorry, I'm still here, but I assumed it was a trick question.

63ryn_books
mar 17, 2009, 8:51am

Darn, try this one.

"His head was markedly brachycephalic. He will not find it so easy to alter that."

64sqdancer
mar 18, 2009, 10:24pm

Hmm, I think I know this one, but I just had a turn.
*waits for MysteryWatcher to come back*

65readafew
Redigeret: mar 18, 2009, 11:03pm

man in the brown suit

66ryn_books
mar 18, 2009, 3:04am

Ding! Yep, all yours

67MysteryWatcher
mar 19, 2009, 8:05am

You know it's bad when people start talking about you in *astrix*. O.K. then, bring it on.

68readafew
mar 19, 2009, 1:24pm

you'll have to wait until I get home tonight, unless someone else has one they want to add.

69atimco
mar 19, 2009, 3:37pm

I'm glad somebody answered that. It was bugging me! :-P

70mstrust
mar 19, 2009, 9:02pm

wisewoman- me too! I tried looking up 'brachycephalic' in the dictionary but it isn't there (at least in mine) to give me a clue who the quote was about.

71ryn_books
mar 19, 2009, 9:49pm

>70 mstrust:, yeah, it's always been a quote I've remembered from that book mainly because it was such an odd word!

72readafew
apr 7, 2009, 1:04pm

I have to apologize, I completely forgot about this thread, I have plenty of excuses but I won't use them.

Hopefully you haven't had this one yet.

Crime is terribly revealing. Try and vary your methods as you will, your tastes, your habits, your attitude of mind, and your soul is revealed by your actions.

73ryn_books
apr 15, 2009, 9:51am

This one has me stumped! Commenting purely to bump the thread.
Looking forward to discovering the answer

74MysteryWatcher
apr 16, 2009, 10:07pm

ABC Murders.

"Mon ami," said Poirot with dignity, "when I commit a murder it will not be with the arrow poison of the South American Indians."

75readafew
apr 16, 2009, 10:29pm

yep

76Tid
apr 16, 2009, 10:37pm

Death in the Clouds

"The two young people greeted each other affectionately and momentarily blocked the Dover Street Tube exit in doing so."

77ryn_books
apr 28, 2009, 11:34am

The Secret Adversary

next one: Poirot is speaking with Hastings

"You asked me if I had noticed a young goddess, and I replied to you that I had seen only a girl with anxious eyes.
That is how I have thought of _ _ _ _ _ _from the beginning. The girl with the anxious eyes!"

78ryn_books
maj 12, 2009, 2:15pm

anyone?

79readafew
maj 12, 2009, 2:39pm

80ryn_books
maj 12, 2009, 2:40pm

Nope but it is an early Poirot

81sqdancer
maj 12, 2009, 11:06pm

82ryn_books
maj 12, 2009, 12:30am

Nope but the murder does occur out of England. And Hastings is in it!

83sqdancer
maj 14, 2009, 5:38pm

Hmm, the statement sounds right for Evil under the Sun but, although they were on vacation , I thought they were still in England???

Oh well, I'll let that stand as a guess.

84ryn_books
maj 18, 2009, 7:12am

Sorry for late reply, I was on vacation and deliberately without internet.

Sounds like it's been more difficult than intended.

I'll put everyone out of their misery and say that it was Murder On the Links. This was about the 3rd book featuring Poirot, occuring mainly in France.

Darn - wanted to go into why I've always remembered that quote. Can't without using spoilers.

85MysteryWatcher
maj 19, 2009, 8:38am

Well, hell, I should have thought of that.

86mstrust
maj 21, 2009, 7:37pm

lol!
That was a tough one, rynbooks. I know that's one I haven't read. Have another go and see if we can get it.

87ryn_books
Redigeret: maj 22, 2009, 11:56am

>86 mstrust:. I do recommend you track that one down. Again won't go into spoilers but there's a character relationship that starts there that's referenced in later books.

OK - here's a quote that hopefully isn't too obscure. And oddly - the character who starts this conversation does a similar conversation in another unrelated Christie book!

"I see you're looking at the fireplace."
"Oh. Was I?" said _________, slightly startled.
"Yes. I wondered -" she leant forward and lowered her voice.
"-Excuse me, was it your poor child?"


Bonus points if you guess both books!

Clue: This quote is NOT a Poirot book.

88sqdancer
maj 22, 2009, 1:45am

The quote is from By the pricking of my thumbs

Is the other one you mention Postern of Fate???

89ryn_books
Redigeret: maj 23, 2009, 5:42am

>88 sqdancer: yep , it was, with the old lady opening the conversation with Tuppence.

The other book with the same old lady is the final Miss Marple book Sleeping Murder ... It's such a odd character crossover!

over to you!

90sqdancer
Redigeret: maj 23, 2009, 6:08am

Wow, interesting. I'll have to did out my old copy of The Sleeping Murder and refresh my memory. :)

====

"I see. Well, of course, he's a nice young fellow and doesn't do to badly at the garage, and his father does rather better than most of the farmers around here. All the same, my dear, you don't seem to me cut out for ------'s wife. Not with your education and all. As I was saying, if I was you I'd go in for massage when the time comes. You get about a bit and see people that way and your time's more or less your own."

91ryn_books
maj 30, 2009, 2:06am

The first part seems vaguely from Taken at the Flood but the tone is pure Miss Marple. Got to admit, this one is puzzling me.

92sqdancer
maj 30, 2009, 2:35am

Hint: it's a Poirot novel.

93MysteryWatcher
jun 1, 2009, 1:17pm

OK, I'm going to resort to the blind-folded dart throwing method (by the way, not recommended in reality. Leads to serious disagreements with fellow pub-goers).

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd?

94sqdancer
jun 1, 2009, 2:28pm

Sorry, that's not it. It's later on in the Poirot series (around the middle).

95mstrust
jun 5, 2009, 5:40pm

96sqdancer
jun 5, 2009, 5:49pm

Nope.

Hint: the speaker is a district nurse and she is speaking to a girl who was contemplating becoming a nurse, now that she expects to have to earn her own living soon.

97AnnieMod
jun 5, 2009, 5:56pm

98sqdancer
jun 5, 2009, 5:57pm

You've got it! :)

Your turn.

99AnnieMod
jun 5, 2009, 6:15pm

This should be easy:

"There are certain similarities shared by all these letters. I shall enumerate them, gentlemen, in case they suggest anything to your minds. The text of the letters is composed of words made up from individual letters cut out of a printed book."

100unorna
jun 5, 2009, 6:48pm

Could it be The Moving Finger ??

101AnnieMod
jun 5, 2009, 7:02pm

I said it is easy :) Your turn

102unorna
jun 5, 2009, 7:14pm

Thanks. How's this?

"She spoke as though in some kind of dream, her eyes still closed.
'And presently,' she said, almost as though she were quoting from something,
'he died--'."

103ryn_books
jun 6, 2009, 5:03am

Is it the short story "Philomel Cottage" ?

104unorna
jun 6, 2009, 1:44pm

Absolutely Right!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your Turn!

105ryn_books
jun 6, 2009, 1:23am

OK, here goes:

"It couldn't be better in my opinion," she said. "Straight down this hill and then, as you see, the road gives a sudden very sharp turn round that bulging bit of wall....If we start the car and let it run down the hill it will crash straight into the wall and something pretty drastic ought to happen to it."

107ryn_books
jun 6, 2009, 1:30am

Wow - too quick! Must try and make them harder :-)

Your turn

108sqdancer
Redigeret: jun 6, 2009, 2:58am

*grin* For some reason, all that stuff at the Bassington-ffrench's has stuck in my mind. Maybe because of her Christian Science excuse. :)

""Why did she have thirty pounds in the house, by the way, since she had a Savings Bank account?"

"Because she didn't trust the Government. Said they'd got two hundred pounds of her money, but they wouldn't get any more. She'd keep that where she could lay her hands on it any minute. She said that to one or two people. It was under a loose board in her bedroom floor -- a very obvious place. _____ admitted he knew it was there."

109mstrust
jun 7, 2009, 7:10pm

110sqdancer
jun 7, 2009, 7:23pm

You've got it.

111mstrust
jun 7, 2009, 7:33pm

Here you go-

"I have struck terror into you with all of this; you have lain awake at night fearing and wondering: did you leave a fingerprint in the room or a footprint somewhere?"

112AnnieMod
jun 16, 2009, 7:41pm

"The Under Dog" ?

113mstrust
jun 16, 2009, 8:49pm

Yes! Your turn.

114AnnieMod
jun 16, 2009, 9:10pm

:)

OK.. next:
"He found the bullet hole on the right side of the head. It had passed out the other side and had evidently struck a mirror hanging on the left-hand wall, since this was shivered. On the writing table was a sheet of paper, blank save for the word "Sorry" scrawled across it in hesitating, shaky writing."

115sqdancer
jun 20, 2009, 5:41am

Ack!! That quotation is tickling something at the back of my mind, but I can't quite place it. Maybe if I sleep on it.

116MysteryWatcher
jun 21, 2009, 12:04pm

Hmm. It sounds like The Dead Man's Mirror.

117AnnieMod
jun 22, 2009, 8:00am

>115 sqdancer: - I thought it will be easy with the note and the mirror.

>116 MysteryWatcher: - Nope. But you are very close. It's an earlier story.

118AnnieMod
jun 25, 2009, 4:53pm

Need a clue? - although my answer to MysteryWatcher should be a clue enough.

119ryn_books
jun 26, 2009, 11:35am

120AnnieMod
jun 26, 2009, 12:19pm

>119 ryn_books: Nope.
OK... some more clues:

We are searching a short story, earlier than "The Dead Man's Mirror", but very close to it (and when I say close, it does not mean written immediately before it, they are related in another way).

121MysteryWatcher
jun 30, 2009, 2:22pm

I admit defeat. I obviously have to brush up on my short stories.

122AnnieMod
jun 30, 2009, 2:30pm

It's from "The Second Gong"

"The Dead Man's Mirror" has a lot of similarities with it (to a point where sometimes I am mistaking both) - although it is not exactly an expansion - just using the same devices in a different way. That's why I said you were very close.

Go on, MysteryWatcher, give the next quotation - you were close enough.

123MysteryWatcher
jul 1, 2009, 5:09am

Hey, a freeby!

"What you gave me was an account of five different murders. They all occurred in different places and amongst different classes of people. Moreover there seems no superficial resemblance between them."

125MysteryWatcher
jul 2, 2009, 5:29am

lol. You're wiping the floor with us AnnieMod. It's all yours again.

126AnnieMod
jul 2, 2009, 9:20am

Well - it was easy. Here comes another easy one.

"We have three things that do not make sense: the struggle, the turned key, and the snip of rubber. But there must be some way of looking at those three things which would make sense!"

128AnnieMod
jul 2, 2009, 11:59am

>127 ryn_books: - yep :)
Your turn.

129ryn_books
jul 2, 2009, 1:09pm

OK, a bit more off the beaten track....

"{house name} has been extremely useful to me," said ___________. "I bought it for a song and it has already been the scene of eleven exciting dramas."
"Oh, I forgot," said Mrs ______. "Johnny's wages. Five shillings."
"Johnny?"
"Yes. The boy who poured the water from the watering cans through the hole in the wall".

130AnnieMod
Redigeret: jul 2, 2009, 1:13pm

I think I won't answer this one to give someone else a chance although I am sure which one it is... :)

131ryn_books
jul 6, 2009, 10:52pm

A clue!

The second person speaking was Mrs Oliver .

132ryn_books
jul 15, 2009, 1:40am

OK - final clue, if anyone's still reading this thread....

The passage was from a collection of short stories. The short stories all feature a central character who is NOT Poirot or Miss Marple.
The name of the short story was wanted, but at this stage I'll accept the name of the book :-)

133readafew
jul 16, 2009, 1:10pm

Your last clue makes me think of The Harlequin Tea set

134ryn_books
jul 16, 2009, 1:13pm

Sadly no.
That's a story I've enjoyed reading before though. Must dig it out and reread sometime.

135MysteryWatcher
jul 20, 2009, 8:09am

All ye mere mortals bow before me:

The Case of the Discontented Soldier, in Parker Pyne Investigates. And for bonus points, the house is called Whitefriars.

136ryn_books
jul 20, 2009, 10:01am

Yay! am so glad that someone knew it

In fairness - anniemod knew within 10mins but decided to hold off for someone else to guess.
That was really nice of her but am tipping you'd alll probaby preferred her question :-)

Am so grateful that someone else knows this story too. Was worried I'd killed the thread...

All Hail MysteryWatcher!

137MysteryWatcher
jul 21, 2009, 6:07am

Ahh, my adoring public...
I have a bad habit of picking easy ones, but oh well:

"I shouldn't like the colonies--and I'm perfectly certain they wouldn't like me!"

138MysteryWatcher
Redigeret: jul 21, 2009, 6:30am

Just an update of the scores so far:
(Stumper - unguessed quote)

Sqdancer - 6
ryn_books - 5 (+1 Stumper)
Mysterywatcher - 5
AnnieMod - 3 (+1 Stumper)
LydiaHd - 2
The Count - 2
Tiegster - 2
Mstrust - 2
Bluetruedream - 1
Miela - 1
Readafew - 1
Tid - 1
Unorna - 1

Of course, this does not take into account the times when players have very graciously not given an answer in order to allow for competition.

139AnnieMod
jul 21, 2009, 9:07am

This sounds like Tommy :)

Should be "The Secret Adversary" - never read it in English but I am almost sure that this is the same line I always smile at when reordering books (which ends up in reading a few pages from anything that I reorder..)

140MysteryWatcher
jul 21, 2009, 1:44pm

Wow, 2 hours and 38 minutes. That's really *cough, cough* quite good. lol.

141AnnieMod
jul 21, 2009, 2:26pm

Actually it is exactly 3 hours after the comment that contained the line ;) But I remembered the line as soon as I saw the question this morning.

Next one (a bit longish and should have enough clues inside to decipher it..):

"Human beings. All kinds and sorts and sizes and shapes of 'em. Some with brains and a good many more without. They'd come from all over the place. Lancashire, Scotland - that Restaurant proprietor from Italy, and the schoolteacher woman from somewhere out Middle West."

142MysteryWatcher
jul 23, 2009, 6:59am

143AnnieMod
jul 23, 2009, 9:43am

That's the one.

144MysteryWatcher
jul 26, 2009, 5:47am

"I wonder who told you that?"
"Is it true?"
He said slowly, "That case was - different."

145cmbohn
jul 26, 2009, 10:29pm

Is it Poirot from Elephants Can Remember?

146MysteryWatcher
jul 27, 2009, 8:15am

Nope, but you got the speaker right.

147AnnieMod
jul 27, 2009, 8:56am

148MysteryWatcher
Redigeret: jul 27, 2009, 2:18am

That's it.

149AnnieMod
jul 28, 2009, 9:46am

:) - next one:

"She was full, still, of pent-up resentment; all the worse because she had to acknowledge secretly, if not openly, that her mother had been perfectly right; that she was no good as an actress and that the man she had lavished her affections on wasn't worth it. And that, anyway, she didn't really care for him. "Mother knows best". It's always galling to the young."

150ryn_books
jul 28, 2009, 2:40pm

151AnnieMod
jul 28, 2009, 2:54pm

yep, your turn :)

152ryn_books
jul 28, 2009, 3:06pm

"Another thing was worrying me. After hesitating a moment or two I said: "You know, doctor, I'm afraid I might tend to be - well, a little personal sometimes."
"God bless my soul, woman, the more personal you are the better! This is a story of human beings - not dummies!"

153AnnieMod
jul 28, 2009, 4:15pm

154ryn_books
jul 29, 2009, 3:00pm

yup, all yours!

155AnnieMod
aug 3, 2009, 10:06am

"The scene that met his eyes was typical of the English countryside as depicted on Xmas cards and in old-fashioned melodramas. Everywhere was snow, deep drifts of it - no mere powdering an inch or two thick. Snow had fallen all over England for the last four days, and up here on the fringe of Dartmoor it had attained a depth of several feet. All over England householders were groaning over burst pipes, and to have a plumber friend (or even a plumber's mate) was the most coveted of all distinctions. "

157AnnieMod
aug 4, 2009, 11:02am

Of course :) Your turn.

158ninjapenguin
aug 6, 2009, 1:07pm

Yay! Oh, gosh, I don't have my books yet (tomorrow!), so I have to go with an internet quote.

"Marriage is called all sorts of things, a haven, and a refuge, and a crowning glory, and a state of bondage, and lots more. But do you know what I think it is?"

"What?"

"A sport!"

"And a damned good sport too," said _____.

159AnnieMod
aug 6, 2009, 1:35pm

The "damn good sport" line is Tommy's (or sounds a lot like one of his lines) and from the works with them, this sounds a lot like The Secret Adversary - don't have the book to verify and I already mentioned once that I had read it only in Bulgarian so might be mistaken - some of the books tend to blur together in my mind...

160ninjapenguin
aug 6, 2009, 2:10pm

Ding ding ding! The Secret Adversary and The Mysterious Affair at Styles are the only two AC's on Project Gutenberg, so I was limited in my choices. And since I recently got married to a wonderful person, the quote really stuck out to me.

Okay, your turn AnnieMod!

161AnnieMod
aug 6, 2009, 3:19pm

Here we go:

"The train, having done one hundred and eighty odd miles of its two hundred and twelve miles journey at top speed, puffed gently and apologetically through the last thirty and drew into ____ station."

162AnnieMod
aug 10, 2009, 8:02am

A clue: the skipped word above (the station name) is Nassecombe

163sqdancer
aug 10, 2009, 3:09pm

164AnnieMod
aug 10, 2009, 3:27pm

Of course :) Your turn.

165sqdancer
Redigeret: aug 10, 2009, 1:35am

"Consider for one little moment, Hastings. How are we handicapped! How are our hands tied! To hunt down a murderer after a crime has been committed - c'est tout simple! Or at least it is simple to one of my ability. The murderer has, so to speak, signed his name by committing the crime. But here there is no crime - and what is more we do not want a crime. To detect a crime before it has been committed - that is indeed of a rare difficulty."

166cmbohn
aug 11, 2009, 5:56am

167sqdancer
aug 11, 2009, 1:15pm

But of course. :)

168cmbohn
aug 11, 2009, 6:11pm

"It was on the night of the Fancy Dress dance that I decided that the time had come for me to confide in someone. So far I had played a lone hand and rather enjoyed it. Now suddenly everything was changed. I distrusted my own judgment and for the first time a feeling of loneliness and desolation crept over me."

170cmbohn
aug 11, 2009, 1:08am

All yours, sqdancer!

171sqdancer
aug 12, 2009, 3:34pm

"I know, my friend, I know. But there is no third way. Always one looks for one thing - the lover, the perfect, the eternal lover. It is the music of Harlequin one hears. No lover ever satisfies one, for all lovers are mortal. And Harlequin is only a myth, an invisible presence - unless- "

"Yes," said Mr. --. "Yes?"

"Unless - his name is - Death!"

172AnnieMod
aug 12, 2009, 3:43pm

I know which the book is... but not quite sure which the story is... will try anyway: "Harlequin's Lane" ?

173sqdancer
aug 12, 2009, 3:46pm

I knew AnnieMod would get it! :)

174AnnieMod
aug 12, 2009, 4:02pm

:)

Next one:

Sipping the double brandy that she had asked for, her spirits revived. She no longer looked the frightened and uneasy woman that she had a short time previously. Her animosity against the police, however, was not lessened. She murmured under her breath. "Gestapo! I shall make them pay. Yes, they shall pay!" and finished off her drink. She ordered another and brooded over recent happenings. Unfortunate, extremely unfortunate, that the police should have been so tactless as to discover her secret hoard, and too much to hope that word would not get around amongst the students and the rest of them.

175readafew
aug 12, 2009, 4:07pm

I know this one, I could relate most of the story but so far the title completely escapes me...

176cmbohn
aug 12, 2009, 4:45pm

177AnnieMod
aug 12, 2009, 5:02pm

Yep. All yours.

178cmbohn
Redigeret: aug 12, 2009, 8:05pm

"There was nothing fishy about her death. I can tell you that. In fact, there's been nothing questionable about any of the deaths, the police have been investigating. If they were 'accidents' it might be suspicious. But the deaths are all perfectly normal deaths. Pneumonia, cerebral hemorrhage, tumour on the brain, gallstones, one case of polio--nothing in the least suspicious."

179AnnieMod
aug 12, 2009, 8:42pm

I'm sure I had read this one... cannot place it though. Argh.

180AnnieMod
aug 12, 2009, 9:04pm

The Pale Horse ? Something does not sound right though but that's the only one I remember that fits...

181cmbohn
aug 12, 2009, 9:13pm

You're right, though, it is The Pale Horse. Dr. Jim Corrigan speaking to Mark Easterbrook.

182AnnieMod
aug 12, 2009, 9:31pm

I need to reread it... that was the only one I could think of where there was such a string of natural causes deaths and someone that can list them :)

Next one:
"I had him tailed when he left my office. Nothing doing. He went straight to the U.S. Embassy - quite correctly - he'd brought me an introductory letter from there. The usual kind they send out when they want to be polite but non-committal. I presume he left the embassy either in somebody's car or by the back entrance disguised as a footman or something. Anyway he evaded us."

183AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 9:01am

Anyone?

A clue: the usual detectives do not participate; it's a standalone book.

184sqdancer
aug 14, 2009, 3:04pm

It sounds familiar, but I can't really place it.

My wild guess is Passenger to Frankfurt.

185AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 3:16pm

Nope.

187AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 3:42pm

Nope.

188sqdancer
aug 14, 2009, 4:14pm

Oh, could it be They Came to Baghdad?

189AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 4:18pm

Nope...

190Wordsmithonia
aug 14, 2009, 4:23pm

191AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 4:29pm

Yep - Destination Unknown :)

Your turn, Wordsmithonia :)

192Wordsmithonia
aug 14, 2009, 4:32pm

"But I don't want her hanged, I tell you! Supposing she was driven desperate? Love's a desperate and twisting business. It can turn a worm into a fine fellow--and it can ring a decent, straight man down to the dregs! Supposed she did to di. Haven't you got any pity?"

193AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 4:37pm

Peter Lord talking to Poirot in Sad Cypress ?

194Wordsmithonia
aug 14, 2009, 4:38pm

Correct, your turn again :-)

195AnnieMod
aug 14, 2009, 4:51pm

"This, she thought, is how the old die...
And then a surer conviction came to her. This was not natural death! This was an enemy striking out of darkness.
Poison...
But how? When? All she had eaten, all she had drunk - tested, secured - there had been no loophole or error.
Then how? When?"

196ryn_books
aug 16, 2009, 2:10pm

ooh, am back and there's LOADS of posts.
Is this The Pale Horse ?

197AnnieMod
aug 17, 2009, 7:32am

Nope :)

198ninjapenguin
aug 17, 2009, 12:41pm

I keep thinking Death Comes as the End , but I'm pretty sure that's wrong.

199ninjapenguin
aug 17, 2009, 12:44pm

I keep thinking Death Comes as the End , but I'm pretty sure that's wrong.

200MysteryWatcher
Redigeret: aug 17, 2009, 12:49pm

I'm pretty sure you've got it ninjapenguin.

201AnnieMod
aug 17, 2009, 12:56pm

ninjapenguin,

You got it - this is Esa thinking when she realizes she is poisoned. :) Your turn.

PS: This thread gets way too long, should we get the next line in a new thread?

202AnnieMod
aug 21, 2009, 9:27pm

ninjapenguin?

203mstrust
aug 22, 2009, 6:14pm

AnnieMod- Why don't you go ahead and take it again? I don't think any one will mind.

204AnnieMod
aug 24, 2009, 7:35am

The new quote is here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/71698 (as this thread got a bit too long)

205AnnieMod
Redigeret: aug 26, 2009, 8:52pm

Noone is around or simply noone has an idea where the sentences are from?