Here are two quotes, and a cute word that I’ve just recently found.
The first quote is from a novel called Hallowe’en Party, by Agatha Christie. The quote is from a character called Mrs. Butler: she is talking about children!
“They acquire puppy fat and look like well-fattened pigs sometimes.”
The second quote is from the programme, Rosemary and Thyme; two professional gardeners who also help solve crimes, but there’s nothing Miss Marple-esque or dithering about them.
This quote is from an episode called Agua Cadaver. Rosemary and Laura have gone to Spain to work on the garden of a married, ex-boyfriend of Rosemary’s who still likes her, and has asked her to go and live with him in Spain.
Says Rosemary, to Laura’s question about whether or not she will shack up with him: “He’s got a wife, and I’ve got a life.”
I love that quote. As I say, these are not your dithering female sleuths, at all.
And finally, a cute word, which I hadn’t met before, and found in a story called The A.B.C. Murders, again by the doyenne of the cozy murder genre, Ms. Christie.
Here’s the word, "snuggery”, and even better, here’s the quote to give it context.
A man named Mr. Barnard is inviting detectives, and police into his and his wife’s “minute bungalow.”
They introduce themselves to him, and then he says to the group, “Come into the snuggery…”
If the word was at all unclear, the narrator, Captain Hastings, gives clarity to it by saying: “..we were ensconced in the livingroom..”, but it’s so much cuter to say snuggery, rather than living room with mean little adjectives in front.