Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid*


Check out this interesting post from the Confessions of a Mystery Novelist blog. Are there some things that are better left unsaid?

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An interesting quote, attributed to Dennis Lehane, goes this way:

‘Maybe there are some things we were put on this earth not to know.’

And it’s got me thinking about whether there really are some things that people are better off not knowing. On the one hand, if someone finds out the truth later, this can wreak all sorts of havoc, to say nothing of the breach of trust. On the other hand, there may very well be some things that are best left alone. And it’s not always an easy call to make. Just a quick look at crime fiction is enough to show that.

In Agatha Christie’s The Hollow, for instance, Hercule Poirot gets involved in a murder investigation when he is invited for lunch at the country home of Sir Henry and Lady Lucy Angkatell. He arrives just in time to see that Dr. John Christow…

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