Crime Novel Quotes – The Lamorna Wink

A few from Martha GrimesThe Lamorna Wink:

“[Divisional Commander Macalvie] was still wearing his coat even though the fire poured out heat as if it came from a pitcher. One might suppose the man was always cold, as some people are. But Melrose felt as if Macalvie were instead always leaving. He was surprised by the deep anxiety this provoked in him, as if a support kept threatening to give way. In this respect, Macalvie was different from Richard Jury; Jury seemed cloaked in a sort of melancholy, yet always seemed to leave some of his comfort behind; when Macalvie left, consolation left with him. And it seemed to have something to do with that coat which he never took off.”

“Melrose sipped his tea and ate his bun in perfect peace. How wonderful! Solitude even at Ardry End was hard to come by. Perhaps he was fit for the life of a hermit. Give up all of his worldly possessions and go live in a hut on a shelf of rock and watch the sunrise every morning. Up before the sun! What a dreadful idea; he shuddered.”

Carol-anne wondered if there were people that, when they weren’t there, made you wonder if you were there. Made you wonder if you were real. When they weren’t there to tell a person she looked like a Key West sunset, did she look like anything at all?”

Melrose: “‘I’ve brought a mountain of groceries in, things I really like – potato-y things — and fish.’

Karen: ‘Potato-y things? What did you find in the potato line that isn’t potatoes?’

Melrose: ‘Well, they’re all potatoes, strictly speaking.'”


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