Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley
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"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In the Guise of Death (#4.2)" (2005)
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: I just sense there's more to him than meets the eye.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: With due respect Sir, you sensing that Lachlan's behind this all isn't the same as evidence that he actually is.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Fair point.

Lady Sarah Keach: I take it you don't have much time for London society?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: I decided when I was in my early twenties that it was rather like a treadmill with canapes, so that's really not for me.

DC Tremayne: Quiet as a grave down here. Anything on your end?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: You'll be the first to know, Tremayne. That's why we have walkie-talkies.
DC Tremayne: Just keeping you informed, Inspector.

Mrs. Tremayne: Tell me, Inspector Lynley: How do I tell my children that the daddy they had breakfast with yesterday is gone forever?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: I don't know.
Mrs. Tremayne: No? Neither do I.

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: It's that we try that makes us heroes. Not that we necessarily succeed.

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: What's Cornwall famous for?
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: Pasties.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Yeah, well, besides that?
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: Smoked fish.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Forget the food!
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: I wish I could, but we came out here without breakfast, remember?

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Great Deliverance (#1.1)" (2001)
Inspector Thomas Lynley: Can I expect any more skeletons to come out of the cupboard?

Inspector Thomas Lynley: I should stay off the whiskey. It makes me maudlin.

Inspector Thomas Lynley: [to Nies] Hit me. I'd enjoy saving the taxpayers the cost of your pension.

D.S. Barbara Havers: Parents are supposed to take care of their kids, aren't they?
Inspector Thomas Lynley: That's the theory.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Word of God (#4.4)" (2005)
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: Good Morning!
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Is it? I haven't noticed.

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: How'd you know that paper was ancient Arabic?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Benefits of a Liberal Arts education.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: I suppose that makes you an expert on everything?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Of course! Uh, except... women.

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: How should I best come across?
Professor Elias Blackwell: Uh, I don't know, uh... be offhand... arrogant, ah... treat everyone like they're a slave.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: That's all right. I can do that.

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: And I thought love conquers all.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: That's because you've never been married.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Payment in Blood (#1.3)" (2002)
Barbara Havers: [admiring Stinhurst's enormous castle] Is your pad in Cornwall this big?
Thomas Lynley: Size isn't everything, Havers, isn't that what you women keep telling us?

Barbara Havers: You resign, I resign.
Thomas Lynley: That's absurd. Why, for heaven's sake?
Barbara Havers: Well, do you want the truth?
Thomas Lynley: Yes!
Barbara Havers: No one else would work with me.
Thomas Lynley: This is you being nice to me, isn't it?
Barbara Havers: Yeah.
Barbara Havers: Shall we hit the pub?

Barbara Havers: You'd think she'd realize if she slept with a killer.
Thomas Lynley: Psychopaths can be extremely charming and manipulative.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Natural Causes (#5.1)" (2006)
D.I. Fiona Knight: Thomas Lynley! I've heard a lot about you.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Good things, I hope?
Lafferty: And the bad things aren't his fault.

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: If anyone doesn't understand the impulse to murder, they've never been married.

Lafferty: [as Lynley enters the morgue] Never was there a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: [Annoyed] Do you have a different quote for every autopsy you do?
Lafferty: What's better - to see them as pieces of meat or fragments of poetry?

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: The Seed of Cunning (#4.3)" (2005)
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: [to Havers] When we get to Black Rod's office, please, don't ask the obvious question!

Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: I've joined one of those dating agencies.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Really?
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: What?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Just... really?

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Let not the cross bind you to sin.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: What is that, the Bible?
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Experience.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Missing Joseph (#1.5)" (2002)
Barbara Havers: [Introducing Havers] Barbara Havers.
Tony Philips: Barbara Havers? Finally get to put a face to the name.
Barbara Havers: [laughs nervously, unsure of his meaning] Sorry?
Tony Philips: I was working with the Met last year. They were offering five to one that your partnership wouldn't make it out of the paddock.
Thomas Lynley: [Indignant] I beg your pardon?
Tony Philips: [Condescendinly] Just a bit of fun. I'm sure everyone's delighted that Barbara eventually found someone she's able to work with.
Barbara Havers: You know, call me snob, Tony, but given the choice between workin' with a clever, considerate man or a... mouthy git, I know who I'd choose.

Helen Clyde: Do you think we'll be sitting together like this when we're 90?
Thomas Lynley: Some knight in shining armor is bound to whisk you off before then.
Helen Clyde: Are you saying I need rescuing? Ah, it's OK... you don't have to answer.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In Divine Proportion (#4.1)" (2005)
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: You know, you're just one badly chosen word from spending the night in the cells!

Philip Turner: It's an affair, Inspector, you're supposed to lie about it!
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Not during a murder investigation!

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: A Traitor to Memory (#3.2)" (2004)
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: [To Havers] Have you gone complete and utterly mad? You're behaving like a spoiled teenager!

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: When I find people are lying to me in a murder inquiry, I become suspicious.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: For the Sake of Elena (#1.4)" (2002)
Thomas Lynley: [to Havers] God, Havs, the mess people make of love!

Thomas Lynley: Why... Imean, why would a girl like Elena choose to have a baby?
Edwina: Because she was Elena. She just did whatever she wanted.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Chinese Walls (#5.3)" (2006)
DC Winston Nkata: West Carriage Drive, which runs through the park, stays open until midnight.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: Ah, that would give us a few hundred potential witnesses.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Or a few hundred potential suspects.

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: So I take it she ended the relationship.
Tony Wainwright: No, I did.
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: Why?
Tony Wainwright: Because... because she had a problem with intimacy and I was an impatient, insensitive idiot.
Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers: You mean she wouldn't have sex with you?
Tony Wainwright: Yes, if you want to get gynecological.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Playing for the Ashes (#2.1)" (2003)
Thomas Lynley: Helen, I have respect for you on every level, but this is a murder case. It's not about us.

Thomas Lynley: [to Helen about Waring] Weak man, great cricketer.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: One Guilty Deed (#5.2)" (2006)
Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley: [Entering morgue and hearing rock music being played] It's hardly appropriate music, is it?
Lafferty: [Referring to the corpse] Well, it's not for him; it's for me.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In the Presence of the Enemy (#2.2)" (2003)
Thomas Lynley: [to Helen] You can't second-guess life. You just have to live it.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: In Pursuit of the Proper Sinner (#3.1)" (2004)
Inspector Thomas Lynley: Where were you on Monday night?
Jeremy Britton: Oh, please, Inspector!
Jeremy Britton: I love my son... enough to not want to marry a whore but not enough to risk my libery for him.
[Moves closer]
Jeremy Britton: If you must know, I was here as alwaus with my old friend Jack Daniels.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Well Schooled in Murder (#1.2)" (2002)
Barbara Havers: [Exiting her father's hospital room] Ah, how'd you know I was here?
Thomas Lynley: It's the only place you ever turn off your mobile.

"The Inspector Lynley Mysteries: Deception on His Mind (#2.4)" (2003)
Thomas Lynley: You know, I don't remember being trampled in the rush to partner with you.