Detectives and coffee go hand in hand; all my favourite detectives seem to love it. I guess this is because it is associated with a certain sharpening of the faculties. Certainly coffee is your ally when hosting a murder-mystery party, I recommend serving it between wine and people being asked to make their accusations, you may even want to administer it again later, as a walking aid to get folk to their taxis.
Anyway, as a coffee dependent — I thought about saying 'fan' but, now, that just wouldn't be quite true — I've been waiting for an excuse to post my favourite detective fiction coffee-related quotes but somehow, in the throws of setting up my own murder-mystery game company, I missed the boat on International Coffee Day, and I simply refuse to wait until next September to post them. So here you go, I do hope you enjoy them:
“Police work wouldn't be possible without coffee," Wallander said.
"No work would be possible without coffee."
They pondered the importance of coffee in silence.”
Kurt Wallander and in Henning Mankell's One Step Behind
'I went out to the kitchen to make coffee. Rich, strong, bitter, boiling hot, ruthless, depraved. The life blood of tired men.
Philip Marlowe in Raymond Chandler's The Long Goodbye
'Well, I too suffer. The cooking of Madame Summerhayes; it is beyond
description. Well, it is not cooking at all. The currents of the cold
air. The long hairs of the dogs. The chairs. The terrible, terrible beds
in which I try to sleep! And the coffee: words cannot describe to you
the fluid they serve to you as coffee.'
Poirot in Agatha Christie's Mrs McGinty's Dead
I'd love to hear your favourite coffee related crime fiction quotes too! Jessica xxx