The past week’s twitter quotes were mostly from mysteries.

“The proper use of bells is to work out mathematical permutations and combinations.” Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors. Sayers’ comment on the English art of change-ringing.

“Truth isn’t in accounts but in account-books.” Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time. Marta’s “woolly lamb” Brent Carradyne who happens to be a student of history, when faced with the fact that there was no contemporary historian for the alleged murder of the princes in the tower by their uncle, Richard III.

“It’s doin’ good that evil may come that is so embarrassin’” Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors. Lord Peter is speaking, when his sympathies are “all on the wrong side.” The preceding sentence is “I know all about not doin’ evil that good will come.”

“Music is so often a grace and favor kind of business.” Alisa Craig (Charlotte MacLeod) Murder Goes Mumming. Rhys’ mother explaining to his very new finacé why she has identified Donald Condryke as “old money.”

“It’s a poor ringer that can’t raise his own bell.” Dorothy Sayers, The Nine Tailors Lord Peter, who has volunteered to assist with a nine-hour peal, when one of the other ringers offers to raise his bell.

“He was loved in his day.” Josephine Tey, The Daughter of Time. Grant’s comment at the end of their investigation of Richard III — not a bad epitath.

“He must be serious, competent, and above all accepting of his current position.” Sue Ann Bowling, Tourist Trap.  Zhaim, planning the death of the heir who has supplanted him.