The opening line of a book is extremely important, as it has to be intriguing and powerful enough to capture the reader’s imagination. Then, the second line has to intensify the intrigue. Coming up with these lines can be pretty difficult, yet one writer came up with a second line that would almost always heighten the intrigue to its peak, and the Internet is going crazy.

“And then the murders began” – that’s the clever line Marc Laidlaw came up with. Add it to almost any opening line and you’ve got yourself a hell of an intriguing book opening. Now people are tweeting famous first lines of books followed by Marc’s second line, with the hashtag #LaidlawsRule. The results are absolutely hilarious! See for yourselves below, and feel free to add your own intriguing openings to the list.

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#1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began. (The holy bible)

#2

There was an old lady who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. And then the murders began. (Nursery Rhymes, Dorling Kindersley)

#3

Mr & Mrs Dursley, of number 4, Privet Drive, were proud to say they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. And then the murders began. (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling )

#4

One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. And then the murders began. (The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle)

#5

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table. And then the murders began. (Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White)

#6

“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. And then the murders began. (Winnie The Pooh , A.A. Milne)

#7

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world. And then the murders began. (The Poky Little Puppy, Janette Sebring Lowrey)

#8

It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. And then the murders began. (Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell)

#9

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. And then the murders began.

#10

One evening, after thinking it over some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. And then the murders began. (Harold And The Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson)

#11

Every Who down in Whoville liked Xmas a lot but the Grinch who lived just north of Whoville did not. And then the murders began. (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss)

#12

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. And then the murders began. (A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)

#13

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. And then the murders began. (The Cat In The Hat, Dr. Seuss)

#14

I am the chairman and president of The Trump Organization. And then the murders began. (D. Trump – How to Get Rich)

#15

For a long time, I went to bed early. And then the murders began. (Swann’s Way, Marcel Proust)

#16

He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish. And then the murders began. (The Old Man And The Sea, Ernest Hemingway)

#17

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

And then the murders began

#18

ONCE upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“‘T is some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door;Only this and nothing more.”

And then the murders began.

#19

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect. And then the murders began. (The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka)

#20

“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ so he was sent to bed without eating anything… and then the murders began” (Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak)

#21

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversations?’. And then the murders began. (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

#22

All children, except one, grow up. And then the murders began. (Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie)

#23

Jim Gallien had driven four miles out of Fairbanks when he spotted the hitchhiker standing in the snow beside the road, thumb raised high, shivering in the gray Alaska dawn. And then the murders began. (Into The Wild, Jon Krakauer)

#24

The studio was filled with the rich odor of roses, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden there came through the open door the heavy scent of the lilac, or the more delicate perfume of the pink flowering thorn. And then the murders began. (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde)

#25

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. And then the murders began ..

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

#26

Daddy said, “Let mom go first.” And then the murders began. (Across the Universe, Beth Revis)

#27

“Horn went ‘Beep!’ Engine purred. Friendliest sounds you ever heard. And then then murders began.” (Little blue truck, Alice Schertle)

#28

It was a pleasure to burn. And then the murders began. (Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury)

#29

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents” grumbled Jo lying on the rug and then the murders began (Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

#30

I was born in the Year 1632, in the City of York, of a good Family. And then the murders began. (Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe)

#31

“I’m going shopping in the village,” George’s mother said to George on Saturday morning. “So be a good boy and don’t get into mischief.”
This was a silly thing to say to a small boy at any time. It immediately made him wonder what sort of mischief he might get into.

And then the murders began.
(Roald Dahl. George’s Marvelous Medicine)

#32

It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York. And then the murders began. (The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath)

#33

“Yes, it’s red,” she said resignedly. And then the murders began. (Anne Of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery)

#34

It was the day my grandmother exploded. And then the murders began. (The Crow Road, Iain Banks)

#35

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. And then the murders began.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream, Hunter S. Thompson

#36

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation…and then the murders began. (Gettysburg Address. A. Lincoln)

#37

When on board the H.M.S. Beagle, as naturalist, l was much struck with certain facts in the distribution of the organic beings inhabiting South America…..And then the murders began.
(The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin)

#38

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. And then the murders began. (The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton)

#39

On the afternoon of October 12, 1990, my twin brother Thomas entered the Three Rivers, Connecticut Public Library, retreated to one of the rear study carrels, and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable. And then the murders began. (I Know This Much is True – Wally Lamb)

#40

“The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon.” And then the murders began.

William Goldman, Lord of the Flies

#41

I am Sam
Sam I am

That Sam I am
That Sam I am

I do not like that Sam I am

And then the murders began.

#42

The man in black fled across the desert and the gunslinger followed. And then, the murders began. – The Gunslinger, Stephen king

#43

Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
And then the murders began.
(The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)

#44

On the 15th of May,
In the Jungle of Nool,
In the heat of the day,
In the cool of the pool,
He sat splashing,
Enjoying the jungle’s great joys,
When Horton the elephant
Heard a small noise…

And then the murders began.

(Horton Hears a Who, Dr. Seuss)

#45

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.

And then the murders began.

#46

I am always drawn back to places where I have lived, the houses and their
neighborhoods. For instance, there is a brownstone in the East Seventies where, during the early years of the war, I had my first New York apartment. …and then the murders began.
(Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote)

#47

When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. And then the murders began.

#48

There was a little girl, who had a little curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very, very good but when she was bad, she was horrid… and then the murders began

#49

”’Twas the night before Christmas…. and then the murders began.”

#50

The two men appeared out of nowhere, a few yards apart in the narrow lane. And then the murders began. (Harry Potter ant the deathly hallows, J.K. Rowling

#51

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. And then the murders began. (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis)

#52

There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning, he was really splendid. And then the murders began. (The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams )

#53

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. And then the murders began. (The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien)

#54

“The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day.” And then the murders began. (The Cat in the Hat, Dr Seuss)

#55

Artemis Fowl grew impatient. Dr Argon was late again. And then the murders began. (Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian, Eoin Colfer

#56

Bitter and drunk, Earl Blandon, a former United States senator, got home at 2:15 a.m. that Thursday with a new tattoo: a two-­word obscenity in blue block letters between the knuckles of the middle finger of his right hand. And then the murders began… Dean Koontz- 77 Shadow Street

#57

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. And then the murders began.

#58

Weaving down the hall, Cole avoided a ninja, a witch, and a pirate. He paused when a sad clown waved at him. And then the murders began. (Five kingdoms, Brandon Mull)

#59

Sam Vimes sighed when he heard the scream, but he finished shaving before he did anything about it. And then the murders began
Terry Pratchett – Night Watch

#60

‘It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love. And then the murders began.’
Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez

#61

Once upon a time, a little girl named Laura traveled in a covered wagon across the giant prairie. And then the murders began. (Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder)

#62

At daybreak Billy Buck emerged from the bunkhouse and stood for a moment on the porch looking up at the sky. And then the murders began. (The Red Pony, John Steinbeck)

#63

I sat by the lake, I looked at the sky, and as i looked, a fly went by. And then the murders began. (A Fly Went By, Mike McCintock)

#64

It was love at first sight. And then the murders began. (Catch-22, 1961 —Joseph Heller)

#65

“Hello Dad”, said Bernard.
“Not now, Bernard”, said his father.
And then the murders began.
Not Now Bernard by David Mckee

#66

A mile above Oz, the Witch balanced on the wind’s forward edge, as if she were a green
fleck of the land itself, flung up and sent wheeling away by the turbulent air. And then the murders began.

– “Wicked: Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire

#67

“Do you like my hat?”
“I do not.”
And then the murders began.

~Go, Dog, Go – P. D. Eastman

#68

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. And then the murders began. (Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy)

#69

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. And then the murders began. (Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen)

#70

All this happened, more or less. And then the murders began. (Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut)

#71

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. It seemed to me I stood by the iron gate leading to the drive, and for a while I could not enter, for the way was barred to me. And then the murders began. (Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier)

#72

The morning had dawned clear and cold, with a crispness that hinted at the end of summer. (A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin)

#73

An abandoned auto court in the San Berdoo foothills; Buzz Meeks checked in with ninetyfour thousand dollars, eighteen pounds of high-grade heroin, a 10-gauge pump, a.38 special, a.45 automatic and a switchblade he’d bought off a pachuco at the border-right before he spotted the car parked across the line: Mickey Cohen goons in an LAPD unmarked, Tijuana cops standing by to bootjack a piece of his goodies, dump his body in the San Ysidro River.

And then the murders began.

(L.A. Confidential, *)

#74

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. And then the murders began. (US Constitution)

#75

Clad in a fragile but frolicsome nightgown which disclosed some rather interesting feminine topography, Sally Willows sat on the edge of her bed and bent a pair of large brown eyes on her husband. And then the murders began. (Turnabout ~ Thorne Smith)

#76

Everyone poops… And then the murders began. (Everyone Poops, Taro Gomi)

#77

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. And then the murders began. (The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, C. S. Lewis)

#78

“When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. And then the murders began.“ (The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett)

#79

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. And then the murders began. (Ulysses, 1922 – James Joyce)

#80

Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. And then the murders began.

#81

Pray my Dear, quoth my mother, have you not forgot to wind up the clock?—Good G..! cried my father, making an exclamation.
And then the murders began. (Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy)

#82

“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. And then the murders began. (Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney)

#83

Once upon a time there was a Martian named Valentine Michael Smith. And then the murders began. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein.

#84

That doesn’t sound like a school trivia night,” said Mrs. Patty

Ponder to Marie Antoinette. “That sounds like a riot.” And then the murders began.

Big little lies – Liane Moriarty

#85

In the beginning god created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began.

#86

“Once there was a little girl called Sophie. She was having tea with her mummy in the kitchen. Suddenly there was a ring at the door. Sophie’s mummy said ‘I wonder who that could be?'” And then the murders began. ” (The Tiger who came to tea; Judith Kerr)

#87

Marley was dead; to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. And then the murders began. (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens)

#88

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. And then the murders began. (A Bad Beginning – A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket)

#89

When the doorbell rings at three in the morning, it’s never good news. And then the murders began. (Stormbreaker, Anthony Horowitz)

#90

Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an old overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking. She was nine years old, and she lived there all alone. And then the murders began.
(Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren)

#91

In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines. And then the murders began.

#92

“One day Danny went to the museum. He wanted to see what was inside. He saw Indians. He saw bears. He saw Eskimos. He saw guns. He saw swords. And he saw… Dinosaurs! And then the murders began.” (Danny and the Dinosaur, Syd Hoff)

#93

I think it started with the bees. I was about seven years old, and I watched them… all day. And then the murders began.

#94

Once there was a tree…. and she loved a little boy. And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves and make them into crowns and play king of the forest. He would climb up her trunk and swing from her branches and eat apples, and then the murders began.

#95

I wasn’t born a first lady or a senator. I wasn’t born a Democrat. I wasn’t born a lawyer or an advocate for women’s rights and human rights. I wasn’t born a wife or mother. I was born an American in the middle of the twentieth century, a fortunate time and place. And then the murders began. (Living History, Hillary Clinton)

#96

Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. We’re moving today. I’m so scared God. I’ve never lived anywhere but here. Suppose I hate my new school? Suppose everybody there hates me? Please help me God. Don’t let New Jersey be too horrible. And then the murders began. (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Judy Blume)

#97

If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. And then the murders began.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff

Rich

#98

Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. And then, the murders began. (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

#99

In life, Elizabeth Adora Holland was not only known for her loveliness but also for her moral of character, so it was fair to assume that in the afterlife she would occupy a lofty seat with an especially good view. And then the murders began. (The Luxe, Anna Godbersen)

#100

In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the army. And then the murders began. (A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

#101

“The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’ “And then the murders began.

#102

I don’t do it for the money.

Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

#103

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. And then the murders began. (The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss)

#104

Today, I am pleased that Fate chose the city of Branau on the Inn of Northern Austria as my birthplace. And then the murders began. (Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler).

#105

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then the murders began.

#106

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. And then the murders began.

#107

It was thirteen minutes after midnight when i woke up, drenched in persperation and having short intermitent breath. And then the murders began.

#108

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. And then the murders began. (Ulysses, James Joyce)

#109

You’ve got to be kidding me,” the bouncer said, folding his arms across his massive chest. He stared down at the boy in the red zip-up jacket
and shook his shaved head. “You can’t bring that thing in here.” And then the murders began.

– “City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Series #1)” by Cassandra Clare

#110

It is night: imagine, if you will, a path leading to a hut lost in a wildly growing arbour, shaded by the basho, a wide-leafed banana tree rare to Japan. A sliding doors opens: an eager-eyed man in monk’s robe steps out, surveys his shadowy thicket and the purple outline of a distant mountain, bends his head to catch the rush of river just beyond; then, looking up at the sky, pauses a while, and claps his hands. And then the murders began. (On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho; introduction by L.S

#111

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And then the murders began. (A Visit from St. Nicholas; Clement ClarkeMoore)

#112

Early one dark April morning a few years ago I was sitting in my living room in central Copenhagen wrapped in a blanket and yearning for spring when I opened that day’s newspaper to discover that my adopted countrymen had been anointed 5hen happiest of their species ….. and then the murders began
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

#113

I’D NEVER GIVEN MUCH THOUGHT TO DYING—THOUGH I’D HAD REASON enough in the last few months—but even if I had, I wouldn’t have imagined it like this.
And then the murders began.

(Twilight)

#114

Goldilocks entered the Three Bears house and then the murders began.

#115

On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond,
Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.
A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat.
The water was warm. There was plenty to eat.
The turtles had everything turtles might need.
And they were all happy. Quite happy indeed.
And then the murders began.
(Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss)

#116

THE Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. And then the murders began. (Wind in the Willows; Kenneth Grahame).

#117

One evening at supper, Pa asked, “How would you like to work in town, Laura?”. And then the murders began.

#118

“On Friday Miss Nelson told her class that she was going to have her tonsils out….and then the murders began.” (Miss Nelson is Back, James Marshall)

#119

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that “all men are created equal”. And then the murders began. (Not a book. The Gettysburg Address. Abraham Lincoln)

#120

The hottest day of the summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. And then the murders began.

#121

When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. And then the murders began. (To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee).

#122

We were somewhere near Barstow when the drugs began to take hold. And then the murders began.

#123

It is often said that America “invented” democracy. And then the murders began.

– America, by Jon Stewart

#124

When i stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home… and then the murders began.
S.E. Hinton ” the outsiders”

#125

Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come
and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest. And then the murders began. (The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)

#126

We were in class when the headmaster came in, followed by a ‘new fellow,’ not wearing the school uniform, and a school servant carrying a large desk.

And the murders began.

Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert

#127

The terror, which would not end for another twenty-eight years – if it did end- began, so far as I know or can tell, with a boat made from a sheet of newspaper floating down a gutter swollen with rain. And then the murders began.

#128

Although not everyone may realize it, the origin of the English language can be dated with relative precision. And then the murders began.

(Websters Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language – 1989)

#129

Gramps says that I am a country girl at heart, and that is true. And then the murders began. (Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech)

#130

“Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. And then the murders began.” – Emma by Jane Austen

#131

Yes! The horse agreed enthusiastically. Posideon can come in too! We will eat you both! Seafood! Seafood!

And then the murders began…

(Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth)

#132

In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And then the murders began. (Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown)

#133

It began as a mistake. And then the murders began.

#134

“A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of communism. And then the murders began”

#135

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, ‘and what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice ‘without pictures or conversation?’ And then the murders began..

#136

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood. And then the murders began.

From the poem “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

#137

There once was a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself–not just sometimes, but always. And then the murders began.
(The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster)

#138

Scuffy was sad.
Scuffy was cross.
And then the murders began.
(Scuffy the Tugboat, Gertrude Crampton)

#139

I am Sam. Sam I am. And then the murders began

#140

Who’s there?…. and then the murders began

Hamlet

#141

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said ‘How we wish we had something to do. And then the murders began. (The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss)

#142

Thomas: I spend my time pulling coaches about, ready for you to take out on journeys!
Narrator: The other engines laughed.
Thomas: Why can’t I pull passenger trains, too?!
Henry, Edward, and Gordon: You’re too impatient. You’d be sure to leave something behind.
Thomas: Rubbish! I’ll show you!……..and then the murders began.

Thomas’ Train/A Big Day for Thomas

#143

This morning I was awakened by Pump coming over to the bed and sniffing emphatically at me, millimeters away, her whiskers grazing my lips, to see if I was awake or alive or me. And then the murders began.

(Inside of a dog, Alexandra Horowitz)

#144

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And the the murders began.

#145

You will rejoice to hear that no disaster has accompanied the commencement of an enterprise which you have regarded with such evil forebodings. And then the murders began.

#146

In the beginning, Bartholomew Cubbins didn’t have five hundred hats. And then the murders began.

(The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss)

#147

A purely peer-to-peer version of electronic cash would allow online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution. And then the murders began.

#148

Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the 2016 United States presidential election. And then the murders began.

#149

“There once was a boy named Milo who didn’t know what to do with himself – not just sometimes, but always…and then the murders began.” (The Phantom Tollbooth)

#150

“Once upon a time, at the edge of a great forest, there lived a poor woodcutter, with his wife, and his two children, Hansel and Gretel. And then, the murders began…”

#151

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. And then the murders began. (One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez)

#152

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. And then the murders began. (The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald)

#153

Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law. And then the murders began. (A Frolic of His Own, William Gaddis)

#154

‘Ho Chi Minh City in the summer. Sweltering by anyone’s standards’. And the murders began.
( Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer )

#155

This is a story about a princess, and, unfortunately, it is also about a queen. And then the murders began.(Snow Whyte and The Queen of Mayhem, Melissa Lemon)

#156

There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it. And then the murders began. (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 1952 – C.S. Lewis)

#157

Rorschach’s journal, October 12th 1985. Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. And then the murders began.
(Watchmen by Moore & Gibbons)

#158

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles. And then the murders began. (Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto. )

#159

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die. And then the murders began.

Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk.

#160

‘I am afraid, Watson, that I shall have to go’, said Holmes, as we sat down together to our breakfast one morning. And then the murders began. (The memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle)

#161

I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the windowpane;/I was the smudge of ashen fluff–and I/Lived on, flew on, in the reflected sky… And then the murders began. (Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire)

#162

I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you’re looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money… but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it – I will not look for you, I will not pursue you… but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you… and then the murders began (Taken)

#163

Once there was a tree… and she loved a little boy. And then the murders began. (The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein)

#164

I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. And then the murders began.
(50 Shades of Grey, E.L. James)

#165

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. And then the murders began…

#166

“As I stepped out of the darkness of the movie house into the brightness of the street lamp, I had two things on my mind. Paul Newman and a ride home.” And that’s when the murders started.

#167

I am seated in an office, surrounded by heads and bodies. My posture is consciously congruent to the shape of my hard chair. And then the murders began. (Infinite Jest, David Foster Wallace)

#168

My name is Apollo.I used to be a god. Then the murders began. (The Trials of Apollo, The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan)

#169

There once was a lady who swallowed a fly. And then the murders began.

(There Once was a Lady who Swallowed a Fly, Pam Adams)

#170

Mother died today, and then the murders began (the stranger Camus)

#171

In the midway of our mortal life
I found me in a gloomy wood, astray
And than the murders began

Dante, The Devine Comedy

#172

Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo- And then the murders began. (James Joyce)

#173

I sing of arms and the man, and then the murders began. Aneid, Virgil

#174

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon

And a picture of-
The cow jumping over the moon

And there were three little bears sitting on chairs
And two little kittens
And then the murders began.
(Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown )

#175

Below me, this foolhardy specimen in Nevsky Square must be an optimist. And then the murders began. (The Magadan Gambit, Bernard Packer)

#176

I have so enjoyed writing this book and the process of going right back to the beginning and rethinking cooking techniques and how to simplify them. And then the murders began.
Mary Berry’s ‘How to Cook’.

#177

A told B and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree!”
And then the murders began.

#178

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. And then the murders began.
(Great Gatsby)

#179

On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing…enjoying the jungle’s great joys…When Horton the elephant heard a small noise. And then the murders began.
Horton Hears A Who! By Dr. Seuss

#180

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him ‘WILD THING!’ and Max said ‘I’LL EAT YOU UP!’. And then the murders began.

#181

The Opera ghost really existed. He was not, as was long believed, a creature of the imagination of the artists, the superstition of the managers, or a product of the absurd and impressionable brains of the young ladies of the ballet, their mothers, the box-keepers, the cloak-room attendants or the concierge. Yes, he existed in flesh and blood … and then the murders began. (Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera)

#182

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring,not even a mouse
And then the murders began…

#183

Last night I dream I went to Manderlay again. And then the murders began. (Rebecca)

#184

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. And then the murders began. (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

#185

“Ok” says Luke calmly, “don’t panic”. And then the murders began.
(Shopaholic to the Rescue – Sophie Kinsella)

#186

One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into a monstrous verminous bug. And then the murders began. (The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka)

#187

I have made so ill use of your former favors, as by them to be encouraged to intreat that they may be enlarged to the patronage and protection of this Book; and I have put on a modest confidence, that I shall not be denyed. And then the murders began.
“The Complete Angler,” 1653, by Isaak Walton

#188

At Winterfell they had called her “Arya Horseface” and she’d thought nothing could be worse, but that was before the orphan boy Lommy Greenhands had named her “Lumpyhead.”

And then the murders began

(A CLASH OF KINGS, George RR Martin)

#189

Dark spruce forest frowned on either side of the frozen waterway. The trees had been stripped by a recent wind of their white covering of frost, and they seemed to lean toward each other, black and ominous, in the fading light. A vast silence reigned over the land. The land itself was a desolation, lifeless, without movement, so lone and cold that the spirit of it was not even that of sadness. And then the murders began (White Fang.)

#190

MR. JONES, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes.
And then the murders began.

(Animal farm by George Orwell)

#191

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. And then the murders began. (The Gunslinger, Stephen King)

#192

The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. The took some honey and plenty of money, wrapped up in a,five pound note. The the murders began.

#193

These these two very old people are the father and mother of Mr Bucket. Their names are Grandpa Joe and Grandma Josephine.
And these two very old people are the father and mother of Mrs Bucket. Their names are Grandpa George and Grandma Georgina.
This is Mr Bucket. This is Mrs Bucket.
Mr and Mrs Bucket have a small boy whose name is Charlie.
This is Charlie. And then the murders began..
Roald Dahl
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

#194

Green sky at night; hackers delight. And then the murders began.

Charles Stross – The Atrocity Archive

#195

“Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…” and then the murders began.

(“A Visit from St Nicholas”, Clement Clarke Moore)

#196

“A bear? On Paddington station?” Mrs Brown
looked at her husband in amazement. “Don’t be
silly, Henry.There can’t be!” And then the murders began.
(A Bear Called Paddington, by Michael Bond)

#197

As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. And then the murders began …..

#198

Dorothy lived in the midst of the great Kansas prairies, with uncle Henry, who was a farmer, and Aunt Em, was was the farmer’s wife. … And then the murders began.

Wizard of Oz. Frank L. Baum

#199

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. And then the murders began.

The Hobbit. Tolkien.

#200

“Who is John Galt?” The light was ebbing, and Eddie Willers could not distinguish the bum’s face. The bum had said it simply, without expression. And then the murders began. (Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand)

#201

A few months after my twenty-first birthday, a stranger called to give me the news. And then the murders began.

#202

This is my story.
It really happened.
It’s all true.
Not even the names have been changed.
Like most people I took my bum for granted. I agreed to tell my story in the hope that others could learn from it. If this book can save even just one person from making the same mistake, then I will be happy.
Who knows?
The next bum it saves might be yours.’…and the the murders began (the day my bum went Psycho by Andy Griffiths

#203

“Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an old overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking ……….. and then the murders began.” (Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren)

#204

” ‘Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow,” said Mrs. Ramsay. ‘But you’ll have to be up with the lark,’ she added.” And then the murders began.
To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)

#205

“In the great green room there was a telephone. And a red balloon. And then the murders began.” (Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise.)

#206

In a great green room, there was a telephone and a red ballon. And then the murders began.

#207

It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight. And then the murders began. (Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov)

#208

“When I left my office that beautiful Spring day, I had no idea what was in store for me. To begin with, everything was too perfect for anything unusual to happen. And then the murders began.

#209

T’was the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And, then the murders began. (The Night Before Christmas, Clement Clark Moore)

#210

“It happened every year, almost a ritual.” And then the murders began.” (Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson)

#211

An unassuming young man was travelling, in midsummer, from his native city of Hamburg to Davos-Platz in the Canton of the Grisons, on a three weeks’ visit. And, then the murders began. (The Magic Mountain, Thomas Mann)

#212

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. And then the murders began. (The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald)

#213

“Once there was a tree….
and she loved a little boy.
And everyday the boy would come and he would gather her leaves
and make them into crowns
and play king of the forest.
He would climb up her trunk
and swing from her branches
and eat apples. And then the murders began…”
(The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein)

#214

#215

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And then the murders began.

#216

I don’ t do it for the money. And ten the murders began.

#217

”Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…and then the murders began!

#218

I am born, and the the murders began. Dickens, David Copperfield.

#219

I think, therefore I am. And then the murders began. Descartes?

#220

You can say I was thinking of other things when I shampooed my hair blue, and two glasses of red wine didn’t help my concentration. And then the murders began. ( An Unnecessary Woman)

#221

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.

And then the murders began.

Charles Dickens

#222

Good night moon. And then the murders began. (Good Night Moon, duh).

#223

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; “and then the murders began.”
(The night before Christmas) 🎄

#224

He wanted to make a country great again. And then the murders began.

#225

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: And then the murders began
(Alice in wonderland Lewis Carroll)

#226

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said ‘How we wish we had something to do.'”
And then the murders began.
(The cat in the hat Dr Seuss)

#227

“After ten thousand years, I’m free! It’s time to conquer Earth! And then the murders began.” (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, idgaf if it’s not a book series.)

#228

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously. And then the murders began.

#229

It was seven minutes after midnight. The dog was lying on the grass in the middle of the lawn in front of Mrs. Shears’ house. Its eyes were closed. And then the murders began. (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon)

#230

The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette. And then the murders began. (The Princess Bride by William Goldman )

#231

‘ London Michaelmas Term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln’s Inn Hall.’ And then the murders began. (Charles Dickens, Bleak House)

#232

‘Wednesdays were always hectic on the Isle of Struay, for that was the day that the boat brought mail and provisions from the mainland.’ And then the murders began. (Marie Hedderwick, Katie Morag delivers the Mail)

#233

‘ I woke because the fur wrapped round me had slipped off my feet, which were cold.’ And then the murders began. (Prologue to Elizabeth Jane Howard,The Beautiful Visit)

#234

My alarm woke me from one of those falling dreams. And then the murders began (Tuesday Tales: Falling, Jeremy Cath)

#235

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small, unregarded yellow sun. And then the murders began. (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.)

#236

“Keep still Birchpaw! If you don’t stop wriggling, I’ll have Dustpelt sit on you!” Leafpool retrieved the fallen moss with a hiss and held it over the apprentice’s eye once more. And then the murders began. (Leafpool’s Wish, Erin Huner)

#237

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. And then the murders began. (The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis)

#238

“The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play. And then the murders began.” (The Cat in the Hat)

#239

In a hole in the ground there lived a Hobbit. And then the murders began.

#240

It was the best of times it was the worst of times. And then the murders began.

#241

The Man in Black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed. And then the murders began.

Stephen King – The Gunslinger

#242

The circus arrives without warning.

No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

And then the murders began.
(The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern)

#243

Call me Ishmael. And then the murders began. (Moby Dick, Herman Melville)

#244

Politics is stuck. And then the murders began (The New American Story, Bill Bradley)

#245

“War fever ran high in the New England town to which we new, young officers from Plattsburg were assigned, and we were flattered when the first citizens took us to their homes, making us feel heroic.” And then the murders began. – Alcoholics Anonymous

#246

Because I could not stop for Death –
He kindly stopped for me –
The Carriage held but just Ourselves –
And Immortality. And then the murders began

#247

A told B and B told C I’ll meet ya at the top of the coconut tree. And then the murders began.

#248

This is the story of what a Woman’s patience can endure, and what a Man’s resolution can achieve. And then the murders began. (Wilkie Collins, 1856: “The Woman in White”)

#249

For many days we had been tempest-tossed. Six times had the darkness closed over a wild and terrific scene, and returning light as often brought but renewed distress, for the raging storm increased in fury until on the seventh day all hope was lost. And then the murders began…

#250

Howard Roark laughed. And then the murders began. (The Fountainhead)

#251

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. And then the murders began. (A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens)

#252

Well I have something to tell you and it won’t take long. And then the mirders began.- snuggle puppy

#253

It was Wang Lung’s marriage day. And then the murders began. -The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck.

#254

“TOM!”
No answer.
“Tom!”
No answer.
“What’s gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!”
No answer. …and then the murders began.

Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

#255

I’d never planned on stealing someone else’s life. Really, at a glance, you wouldn’t think there was anything wrong with my old life. And then the murders began.
(The glittering court by Richelle Mead.)

#256

On the fifteenth of May in the jungle of Nool, in the heat of the day in the cool of the pool, he was splashing, enjoying the jungle’s great joys, when Horton the elephant heard a small noise…and then the murders began. (Horton Hears a Who – Dr. Seuss)

#257

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then the murders began. A Tale of Two Cities

#258

It was the Joy of the Sunset that brought us to speech. And then the murders began.

William Hope Hodgson, “The Night Land”

#259

One day, I was sitting in my study surrounded by many books of different kinds, for it has long been my habit to engaged in pursuit of knowledge. My mind had grown weary as I had spent the day struggling with the weighty tomes of various authors whom I have been studying for some time… And so the murders began. (The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan)

#260

Once there was a tree…and she loved a little boy. And then the murders began. Shel Silverstein, “The Giving Tree.”

#261

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another his mother called him “WILD THING!” and Max said “I’LL EAT YOU UP!” so he was sent to bed without eating anything. And then the murders began. Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wild Things Are.”

#262

Leslie was at the end of her rope. She’d been to every doctor in the Los Angeles area, and nobody could help her. As it happens, her stepmother is Suzanne Somers, an expert in health, beauty and fitness. Suzanne knows all the gurus, besides being one herself. But none of them could fix Leslie’s problem. And then the murders began…

(Virgin, JJ. “The Virgin Diet.”)

#263

It was an afternoon in late September.
In the pleasant little city of Stillwater, Mr. Popper, the house painter, was going home from work…and then the murders began.
(Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Richard & Florence Atwater)

#264

I’m pretty much [email protected]@cked. And then the murders began.
(‘The Martian’ Andy Weir)

#265

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring-cleaning his little home. And then the murders began. (The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame)

#266

The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed. And then the murders began. (The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Stephen King)

#267

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. And then the murders began. (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott)

#268

Judy can pet the bunny, now you pet the bunny and then the murders began

#269

At the end of a hot November day Miss Baines and Mrs Williams of the Ladie’s Frocks Department at Goode’s were complaining to each other while they changed out of their black frocks before going home. And then the murders began.

(The Women in Black. Author: Madeleine St John)

#270

Dim vales- and shadowy floods-
And cloudy-looking woods,
Whose forms we can’t discover
For the tears that drip all over!
Huge moons there wax and wane-
Again- again- again-
Every moment of the night-
Forever changing places-
And they put out the star-light
With the breath from their pale faces.
About twelve by the moon-dial, and then the murders began. (Edgar Allen Poe, “Fairyland”)

#271

Girls entered the building, then the murders began…

#272

THE FLOTILLAS OF THE DEAD sailed around the world on underwater rivers, and then the murders began…. GOING POSTAL Terry Pratchett

#273

“I think it’s time,” said Grandma Mouse to Great Aunt Emily,”for a family get-together.I’ll ask them all to tea.” And then the murders began.(say Cheese-David Pelham)

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#274

The reason weetzie bat hated high school is because no one understood. And then the murders began.
-Weetzie Bat, Francesca Lia Block

#275

1791 was the year it happened. I was 24, younger than you are now. But times were different then, I was a man at that age: the master of a large plantation just south of New Orleans. I had lost my wife in childbirth, and she and the infant had been buried less than half a year. And then the murders began.
-Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice

#276

Once upon a time there was a mother pig who had three little pigs. And then the murders began.

#277

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question. And then, the murders began. (Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte)

#278

“And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!” And the the murders began.

#279

Mr. Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the popholes. And then the murders began. –Animal Farm by George Orwell

#280

His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before. And then the murders began.
– Isaac Asimov : Foundation

Ho Chi Mihn City in the summer. Sweltering by anyone’s standards. And then the murders began.
– Eion Colfer : Artemis Fowl

Then: Monument Plaza. Chains rattle as they lash the neck of Emperor Palpatine. And then the murders began.
– Cuck Wendig : Starwars Aftermath

#281

His name was Gaal Dornick and he was just a country boy who had never seen Trantor before. And then the murders began.
– Isaac Asimov : Foundation

#282

Ho Chi Mihn City in the summer. Sweltering by anyone’s standards. And then the murders began.
– Eion Colfer : Artemis Fowl

#283

Then: Monument Plaza. Chains rattle as they lash the neck of Emperor Palpatine. And then the murders began.
– Cuck Wendig : Starwars Aftermath

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#284

When age fell upon the world, and wonder went out of the minds of men; when grey cities reared to smoky skies tall towers grim and ugly, in whose shadow none might dream of the sun or of spring’s flowering meads; when poets sang no more save of twisted phantoms seen with bleared and inward-looking eyes; when these things had come to pass, and childish hopes had gone away forever, there was a man who travelled out of life on a quest. And then the murders began.
– HP . Lovecraft – Azathoth

#285

Gordon Edgely’s sudden death was a shock to everyone – not least himself. And then the murders began.
– Derek Landy : Skulduggery Pleasant

#286

It was missing a piece. And it was not happy. And then the murders began.
– Shel Silverstein : The missing piece

#287

Marley was dead, to begin with.

And then the murders began.

(Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”)

#288

Far off in deep space spins a wonderful, dangerous, young world. Some of its inhabitants call it the world of two moons. In the distant future, its people will call it “Abode”.. One thing is for certain. This world is not Earth. It never has been, it never will be. And then the murders began.
– Wendy and Richard Pini : Elfquest – New Blood

#289

Between her toes the damp earth felt cool, but already sweat crept between the roots of her hair. And then, the murders began.
(Remnant Population, Elizabeth Moon)

#290

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
And then the murders began.

#291

1801 – I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
And then the murders began.

#292

1801 – I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with.
And then the murders began. (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte)

#293

I thought I’d been to Africa. Told all my class I had. And then the murders began. (Small Island, Andrea Levy)

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#294

3 May. Bistritz. – Left Munich at 8.35 p.m. on 1st May, arriving at Vienna early next morning; should have arrived at 6.46, but train was an hour late. And then the murders began. (Dracula, Bram Stoker)

#295

“What’s it going to be then, eh?” And then the murders began. (A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess)

#296

We slept in what had once been the gymnasium. And then the murders began. (The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood)

#297

The Time Traveller (for so it will be convenient to speak of him) was expounding a recondite matter to us. And then the murders began. (The Time Machine, H.G. Wells)

#298

Tyler gets me a job as a waiter, after that Tyler’s pushing a gun in my mouth and saying, the first step to eternal life is you have to die. And then the murders began. (Fight Club, Chuck Palahnuik)

#299

Will Graham sat Crawford down at a picnic table between the house and the ocean and gave him a glass of iced tea. And then the murders began. (Red Dragon, Thomas Harris)

#300

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. And then the murders began.
(Ulysses, James Joyce)

#301

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,…. and then the murders began…

#302

In the great green room, there was a telephone and a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And then the murders began.

#303

It was very late and everyone had left the cafe except an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light. And then the murders began.
(More Ernest Hemingway. A Clean, Well-Lighted Place)

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#304

“That Sam-I-am! That Sam-I-am! I do not like that Sam-I-am!” And then the murders began (Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss)

#305

A screaming comes across the sky.

And then the murders began.

(Gravity’s Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon)

#306

The EARLY autumn sky above Umanak, Greenland, was overcast and foreboding, and then the murders began. (THE SPACE EAGLE OPERATION DOOMSDAY 1967 by JACK PEARL)

Literally, first book I grabbed from the book shelf too, well that was easy.

#307

“Once upon a time, sixty years ago, a little girl lived in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, in a little gray house made of logs. And then the murders began. (Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder)

#308

HE HEARD THEM BEFORE HE SAW THEM. Voices in the fog, so indistinct he thought they might be imaginary. And then the murders began.

#309

Two Elizabethans passing the time in a place without any visible character. And then the murders began. (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Tom Stoppard)

#310

Howard Roark laughed. He stood naked at the edge of a cliff. And then the murders began.
(The Fountainhead ~ Ayn Rand)

#311

When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. And then the murders began.

#312

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. It was true too. She had a little thin face and a little thin body, thin light hair and a sour expression. And then the murders began. (The Secret Garden ~ Frances Hodgson Burnett)

#313

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epich of belief, it was the epich of incredulity, it was tge season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair…. And then the murders began. — Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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#314

It was a dark and stormy night, and then the murders began. – Paul Clifford, by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

#315

The night wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another. And then the murders began. (Where The Wild Things Are)

#316

Jack Torrence thought “officious little prick.” And then the murders began. (The Shining- Stephen king

#317

Mr Jones, of the Manor Farm, had locked the hen-houses for the night, but was too drunk to remember to shut the pop-holes.
And then the murders began.
Animal Farm – George Orwell

#318

Alligator pie. Alligator pie. If I don’t get some, I think I’m gonna die. And then the murders began.

#319

For a long time I used to go to bed early. And then the murders began. Remembrance of Things Past (Moncrieff/Kilmartin translation)

#320

“I’d never given much thought to how I would die– though I’d had reason enough in the last few months– but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.”

And then the murders began.
(Twilight by: Stephenie Meyer)

#321

At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows and the wind smells slow- and- sour when it blows and no birds ever sing excepting old crows… is the street of the Lifted Lorax.
And then the murders began.
(The Lorax, Dr.Suess)

#322

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for the children to be always and forever explaining things to them. And then the murders began.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint Exupery

#323

Our story begins as our young friend awakes from a dream. Bastian quickly sits up as if awakening from a nightmare. He looks at a picture of his mom with a sigh and then the murders begin.. The Neverending Story

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#324

Tom glanced behind him and saw the man coming out of the Green Cage, heading his way. And then the murders began. Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley

#325

Chug Chug Chug. Puff Puff Puff. The little train ran along the tracks. And then the murders began.
-The little Engine that Could, Watty Piper

#326

The strangers from across the big water disembarked off the big ships with white, billowing sails. And then the murders began.

#327

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.then the murders began—Paul Clifford

#328

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
And then the murders began.

#329

Walking back to camp through the swamp, Sam wondered whether to tell his father what he had seen. And then the murders began. (The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White)

#330

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. And then the murders began

#331

This is George. He was a good little monkey and always very curious… and then the murders began. Curious George, Margaret and H.A. Ray

#332

The first thing the boy Garion remembered was the kitchen at Faldor’s farm. For the rest of his life he had a special warm feeling for kitchens and those peculiar sounds and smells that seemed somehow to combine into a bustling seriousness that had to do with love and food and comfort and security and, above all, home. And then the murders started. Pawn of Prophecy, David Eddings

#333

I am an invisible man. And then there were murders.

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#334

It was a dark and stormy night. In her attic bedroom Margaret Murry, wrapped in an old patchwork quilt, sat on the foot of her bed and watched the trees tossing in the frenzied lashing of the wind. And then the murders began. (A wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engal)

#335

Dr Strauss says I shoud rite down what I think and remembir and evrey thing that happins to me from now on. (Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes)

#336

Eating sugar? No Papa.
Telling lies? No Papa.
Open your mouth. Hahaha.
And then the murders began

#337

When he was nearly 13 years old my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow. And then the murders began.

#338

The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. I sat there with Sally. We sat here we two and we said ‘How we wish we had something to do.’ And then the murders began. (Cat in the Hat – Dr Seuss)

#339

In the great green room There was a telephone And a red balloon
And a picture of-
The cow jumping over the moon … and then the murders began.(Goodnight,Moon)

#340

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house…not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….and then the murders began.

#341

Jesus wept. And then the murders began. (The New Testament)

#342

You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about,

You do the hokey pokey
and you turn yourself aroud. And then the murders begin.

#343

Government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the Earth; and then the murders began

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#344

My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly.

And the murders began.

…. Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn

#345

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.

And then the murders began.

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

#346

Why not go with the last verse of the Bible……And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all…Amen……Then the murders began

King James Version…..

#347

They call me Ishmael. And then the murders began.

#348

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)

#349

I WAS THIRTY-SEVEN THEN, strapped in my seat as the huge 747 plunged through dense cloud cover on approach to the Hamburg airport. And then the murders began.

(Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami)

#350

It was a solecism of the very worst kind. He sneezed loudly, wetly, and quite unforgivably into the woman’s face. An then the murders began.

‘A Great Deliverance’ by Elizabeth George

#351

All I’ve ever wanted is for Juli Baker to leave me alone. For her to back off — you know, just give me some space. And then the murders began. (Flipped by Wendelin Van Draneen)

#352

Vaughan died yesterday in his last car-crash and then the murders began… —J. G. Ballard, Crash (1973)

#353

Pretty sure after reading two pages of the repetitive phrase, I became desensitized.
And then the murders began.

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#354

Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a rotten day. And then the murders began.

– The Lost Hero, Rick Riordan

#355

“I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair – it just won’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me to this ordeal. And then the murders began. (Fifty Shades of Grey E.L.James)

#356

Stop you must not hop on pop. And then the murders began. (Hop On Pop by you know)

#357

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. And then the murders began. (The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett)

#358

It didn’t seem to matter to the couple that the museum stank of blood. And then the murders began.

#359

Naughty Spot! It’s dinner time. Where can he be? And then the murders began.

#360

Call me Ishmael and the murders will begin.

#361

The sky above the port was the color of television, turned to a dead channel. And then the murders began… (Neuromancer, William Gibson)

#362

In the week before their departure to Arrakis, when all the final scurrying about had reached a nearly unbearable frenzy, an old crone came to visit the mother of the boy, Paul… And then the murders began… (Dune, Frank Herbert)

#363

Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! And then the murders began.

Oh, the places you’ll go! -Dr. Seuss

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#364

FOR SALE, BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN.

And then the murders began

#365

A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse, and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her, that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. And then the murders began. (Cat and Mouse in Partnership, The Brothers Grimm

#366

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then the murders began.

#367

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. And then the murders began.

#368

Finally, from so little sleeping and so much reading, his brain dried up and he went completely out of his mind… and then the murders began. (Don Quixote, 1605)

#369

In a certain village in La Mancha, which I do not wish to name, there lived not long ago a gentleman—one of those who have always a lance in the rack, an ancient shield, a lean hack and a greyhound for coursing.” And then the murders began. – Don Quixote

#370

Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. And then the murders began.

#371

Marley was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it: and then the murders began – Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

#372

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. And then the murders began. –A series of unfortunate events

#373

Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously.And then the murders began. – David Copperfield

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#374

Even before he got electrocuted, Jason was having a bad day. And then the murders began.

#375

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And then the murders began…

#376

With a grin of purest delight, Elora Danan summoned fire. And then the murders began.

#377

In the great green room
There was a telephone
And a red balloon
And a picture ofThe
cow jumping over the moon
And there were three little bears sitting on chairs
And two little kittens
And a pair of mittens
And a little toy house
And a young mouse
And a comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush
And a quiet old lady who was whispering “hush”
AND THEN THE MURDERS BEGAN

#378

When Mrs. Frederick C. Little’s second son arrived, everybody noticed that he was not much bigger than a mouse. The truth of the matter was, the baby looked very much like a mouse in every way. He was only about two inches high; and he had a mouse’s sharp nose, a mouse’s tail, a mouse’s whiskers, and the pleasant, shy manner of a mouse. AND THEN THE MURDERS BEGAN (Stuart Little by E.B. White, 1945)

#379

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And then the murders began.
(The Night Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore)

#380

Here’s how it is: Earth got used up, so we terraformed a whole new galaxy of Earths, some rich and flush with new technologies, some not so much. And then the murders began.

#381

Four-score and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation. And then the murders began. (Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln)

#382

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. And then the murders began. (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen)

#383

At Winterfell they had called her “Arya Horseface” and she’d thought nothing could be worse, but that was before the orphan boy Lommy Greenhands had named her “Lumpyhead.” And then the murders began. (A Clash of Kings, G.R.R. Martin)

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#384

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest

#385

This first Book proposes, first in brief, the whole Subject, Mans disobedience, and the loss thereupon of Paradise wherein he was plac’t: Then touches the prime cause of his fall, the Serpent, or rather Satan in the Serpent; who revolting from God, and drawing to his side many Legions of Angels, was by the command of God driven out of Heaven with all his Crew into the great Deep. And then the murders began . (John Milton – – Paradise Lost)

#386

Where’s Wally? And then the murders began…

#387

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat,
They took some honey, and plenty of money,
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

And then the murders began . . .

#388

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast. And then the murders began. (Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White)

#389

Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). And then the murders began.

#390

Everyone thought the man and boy were father and son. And then the murders began. “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King.

#391

A fug of tobacco smoke and damp clammy air hit her as she entered the café. She had come in from the rain and drops of water still trembled like delicate dew on the fur coats of some of the women inside, and then the murders began! X

Life after life – Kate Atkinson

#392

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. And then the murders began( Jayne Eyre, Charlotte Bronte)

#393

“Can’t repeat the past?” he cried incredulously. “Why of course you can.” And then the murders began.

-The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

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#394

The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and
began to pick his way toward the lagoon. And then the murders began. (Lord of the Flies, William Golding)

#395

THE BOY’S NAME WAS SANTIAGO. DUSK WAS FALLING AS the boy arrived with his herd at an abandoned church. And then the murders began. ( The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho )

#396

In a village of La Mancha, the name of which I have no desire to call to mind, there lived not long since one of those gentlemen that keep a lance in the lance-rack, an old buckler, a lean hack, and a greyhound for coursing. And then the murders began. (Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes)

#397

“Can I see the Rabbits, George?” And then the murders began (Of Mice & Men)

#398

“At the beginning, there was Eru.

And then, the murders began”.

Ainulindalë, The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien.

#399

In the year 1878 I took my degree of Doctor of Medicine of the University of London, and proceeded to Netley to go through the course prescribed for surgeons in the Army. And then the murders began.

Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet.

#400

Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. And then the murders began. (Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

#401

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. And then the murders began.

#402

It was while she was lying in bed that Isabel Dalhousie, philosopher and editor of the “Review of Applied Ethics”, thought about the things we do. And then the murders began. -The lost art of gratitude- Alexander McCall Smith

#403

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And then the murders began

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#404

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. And then the murders began. (Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities)

#405

They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did. And then the murders began. (Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea)

#406

When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. And then the murders began.
Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

#407

Jack and Jill ran up the hill to fetch a pail of water, then the murders began

#408

Dick said, “look, Look Look up, Look up,up,up ” And then the murders began From Beginging of Fun with Dick and Jane

#409

Blackthorne was suddenly awake. For a moment he thought he was dreaming because he was ashore and the room was unbelievable. And then the murders began.
Beginning of Shogun.

#410

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. And then the murders began.
(The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald)

#411

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy. And then the murders began.

#412

I’d never given much thought to how I would die – though I’d had reason enough in the last few months – but even if I had, I would not have imagined it like this.
I stared without breathing across the long room, into the dark eyes of the hunter, and he looked pleasantly back at me…. and then the murders began. (Twilight, Stephanie Meyer)

#413

“‘Harvest is ended and summer is gone,’ quoted Anne Shirley, gazing across the shorn fields dreamily.” And then the murders began.

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#414

To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night, and then the murders began. (David Copperfield, Charles Dickens)

#415

Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
And then the murders began. (One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez)

#416

When I wrote the following pages I lived alone in the woods on the shores of Walden Pond near Concord Massachusetts.And then the murders began.

#417

A long time ago, when all the grandfathers and grandmothers of today were little boys and little girls or very small babies, or perphaps not even born, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsion…and then the murders started.

#418

I peered around the tree at the couple who sat on the park bench, their faces set, their bodies taut and anxious. And then the murders began.

The Cure (Unbounded Series, Book 2) by Teyla Branton

#419

For a long time I would go to bed early. Sometimes, the candle barely out, my eyes closed so quickly that I did not have time to tell myself: “I’m falling asleep.”

And then the murders began.

(In Search of Lost Time , Vol. 1, Marcel Proust)

#420

Gram [was] worried about me. And then the murders began. (The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson)

#421

I went down yesterday to the Piraeus with Glaucon the son of Ariston, that I might offer up my prayers to the goddess; and also because I wanted to see in what manner they would celebrate the festival, which was a new thing. And then the murders began. (Plato, The Republic)

#422

Brown bear brown bear, what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me. And then the murders began. (Brown bear brown bear what do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.)

#423

Evil Flourishes when Good Men Do Nothing. And then the murders began. (Edmund Burke)

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#424

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – with little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. And then the murders began.

#425

“They’re out there. And then the murders (would begin)…” -“Chief” Bromden, One flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, written by Ken Kesey.

#426

“Mrs. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow, fringed with alders and ladies’ eardrops and traversed by a brook that had its source away back in the woods of the old Cuthbert place; and then the murders began.” (Anne of Green Gables)

#427

“The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play, so we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day. And then the murders began.” (The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Suess)

#428

“It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in their tips. And then the murders began.” (The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling)

#429

“When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen… and then the murders began.” (The Secret Garden, Hodgson Burnett)

#430

“In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit… and then the murders began.” (The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien)

#431

When your mama was a geek, my dreamlets, Papa would say, She made the nipping off of noggins such a crystal mystery that the hens themselves yearned toward her, waltzing around her, hypotized with longing. And the the murders began. Geek Love – Katherine Dunn

#432

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderlay again. And then the murders began.

#433

It is now nearly fifty years since I first projected a system of verbal classification similar to that on which the present work is founded. And then, the murders began. (Peter Roget’s Preface to the First Edition – Roget’s Thesaurus – 1852)

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#434

Belinda blinked, it wasn’t a dream, the job interviewer had just asked her to remove her jacket and silk blouse. And then the murders began.
(Belinda Blinked, Rocky Flintstone)

#435

One day when Pooh Bear had nothing else to do, he thought he would do something , so he went round to Piglet’s house to see what Piglet was doing. “And then the murders began”.

The House at Pooh Corner

#436

Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of
the kitchen.

And then the murders began.

#437

By now I think you know what happened to your sandwich. But you may not know how it happened. So let me tell you.
It all started with the bear.
And then the murders began.

#438

“Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong” And then the murders began

#439

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall then the murders began.

#440

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. And then the murders began. (The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien

#441

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him, “Wild thing!” And then the murders began.
– Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

#442

On a rare, warm day in mid-March, when the snow was melting into mud in New Hampshire, I traveled to Boston, where everyone was strolling along the harbor or sitting on benches licking ice cream cones… And then the murders began

#443

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs kicked in. And then the murders began. – Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

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#444

In the beginning the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and is widely considered to be a bad move. And then the murders began. (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams)

#445

“I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills.”And then the murders began. (Out of Africa – Isak Dinesan)

#446

I. I Am Born

WHETHER I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously. And then the murders began.

#447

“Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.” And then the murders began. (James Joyce, “Ulysses)

#448

“We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” And then the murders began. (Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson)

#449

It was one of those hot Summer days in New York City when kids open fire hydrants and men pause to wipe their brow. And then, the murders began.
Ron Nicoletta

#450

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. And them the murders began. T

#451

It begins, as most things begin, with a song.
In the beginning, after all, were the words, and they came with a tune. That was how the world was made, how the void was divided, how the lands and the stars and the dreams and the little gods and the animals, how all of them came into the world.
They were sung.
And then the murders began.
[Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman]

#452

once upon a midnight dreary, as i pondered weak and weary … and then the murders began. The Raven/ edgar allan poe

#453

Fly, you fools! And then, the murders began.

(Gandalf, Lord of the Ring: Fellowship of the Ring)

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#454

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. And then the murders began. (A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens)

#455

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational technology company that developed the Microsoft Windows.
And then the murders began.

#456

You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
You’re mountain is waiting,
So…get in your way!
And then the murders began.

#457

If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book. And then the murders began

#458

Beatrice’s Quimby’s biggest problem was her little sister, Ramona. And then the murders began.

#459

I have the best job in the world. I study what makes people happy. At the Happiness Research Institute….we explore the causes and effects of human happiness..and then the murders began.

#460

One evening of late summer, before the present century had reached its thirteith year, a young man and woman, the latter carrying a child, were approaching the large village of Weydon-Priors on foot. And then the murders began.
Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy.

#461

When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into a monstrous vermin. And then the murders began.

#462

Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Goldilocks. She went for a walk in the forest. Pretty soon, she came upon a house. She knocked and, when no one answered, she walked right in. And then the murders began.

#463

Once when I was six years old I saw a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories from Nature, about the primeval forest. And then the murders began. (The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupéry)

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#464

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, and then the murders began. (Not a book. Star Wars)

#465

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
And then the murders began.

#466

I am an invisible man.And then the murders began.

#467

The moment one learns English, complications set in. And then the murders began.(Chromos,Felipe Alfau)

#468

Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes’ chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and preoccupied expression.And then the murders began. (Flann O’Brien, At Swim-Two-Birds )

#469

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. And then the murders began. (Anna Karenina, Tolstoy)

#470

MRS. Rachel Lynde lived just where the Avonlea main road dipped down into a little hollow. And Then The Murders Began.

ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
By Lucy Maud Montgomery

#471

It was the best of times. It was the worst of times and then the murders began.

#472

Goosey, goosey, gander,
Whither dost thou wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
and in my lady’s chamber.
And then the murders began…..
Mother Goose

#473

A wealthy, widowed merchant lives in a mansion with his six children, three sons and three daughters. And then the murders began. (Beauty and the Beast {French: La Belle et la Bête})

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#474

“It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something terrible about to happen. And then the murders began”
-The Giver by Lois Lowry.

#475

Howard Roark laughed and then the murders began. Ayn Rand The Fountainhead.

#476

Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. And then the murders began.

#477

“It was an overcast morning at the corral and the crows were out in full force, tussling at every fencepost lest they be denied a perch. And then the murders began.”

#478

Cautious investigators will hesitate to challenge the common belief that Robert Blake was killed by lightning, or by some profound nervous shock derived from an electrical discharge.

#479

Howard Roark laughed. And then the murders began. (The Fountainhead; Ayn Rand)

#480

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And then the murders began.

#481

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. And then the murders began.

#482

The night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another, his mother called him “wild thing” And then the murders began.

#483

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” …and the the murders began. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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#484

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. And then the murders began.

#485

Grief is the most solitary emotion; it makes islands of us all. And then the murders began.

(Missippi Blood by Greg Iles)

#486

”Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring
not even a mouse.
And then the murders began.
(Santa Clause)

#487

Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed. A yellow dressing gown, ungirdled, was sustained gently-behind him by the mild morning air. He held the bowl aloft and intoned:

— Introibo ad altare Dei.

And then the murders began.

(Ulysses, James Joyce)

#488

Late one July evening in 1994, Red and Abby Whitshank had a phone call from their son Denny. And then the murders began. (A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler)

#489

‘Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
not a creature was stirring
not even a mouse…
and then the murders began.

#490

Once there was a tree and she loved a little boy and then the murders began. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.

#491

This morning I was awakened by Pump coming over to the bed and sniffing emphatically at me, millimeters away, her whiskers grazing my lips, to see if I was awake or alive or me.
(Inside of a dog, Alexandra Horowitz)

#492

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home. And then the murders began. (The Outsiders).

#493

Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea. And then the murders began.

The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James

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#494

Sister Bear, who lived with her Mama, papa and brother in the big tree house down a sunny dirt road deep in Bear Country, had been going to school for some time now. And then the murders began.
(The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit, Stan and Jan Berenstain)

#495

I have just returned from a visit to my landlord – the solitary neighbour that I shall be troubled with. And then the murders began. (Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte)

#496

We were excited as we waited for our first lesson with the Director, Torstov, today. But he came into our class only to make the unexpected announcement that in order to become better acquainted with us, he wished us to give a performance in which we should act bits from plays chosen by us.
(And then the murders began). An Actor Prepares, Constantin Stanislavsky

#497

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do. And then the murders began.

#498

Nancy Drew, an attractive girl of eighteen, was driving home along a counrty road in her new, dark-blue convertible. Then the murders began. (Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock )

#499

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. And then the murders began (A Tale of Two Cities)

#500

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.

And then the murders began.

Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier

#501

The children were nestled all snug in their beds;
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
When out on the lawn there arouse such a clatter, I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter,
And then the murders began.

#502

Once upon a time there were four little rabbits, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter. And then that’s when the murders began…

#503

Lucas wore funny glasses and a strange hat, some kids thought he was weird…and then the murders began. (The Ant Bully, John Nickle)

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#504

The panda was bored. And then the murders began.

#505

“I couldn’t,” he said again.
“But I insist.” Mr. Hanscom took hold of the stein and drained it. And then the murders began.

(IT)

#506

‘In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve turning over in my m ever since.’ And the murders began.
( The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald)

#507

A merry little surge of electricity piped by automatic alarm from the mood organ beside his bed awakened Rick Deckard. And then the murders began. (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick)

#508

Not for the first time, an argument had broken out over breakfast at number four, Privet Drive. And then the murders began. (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling)

#509

At dawn one still October day in the long ago of the world, across the hill of Alderley, a farmer from Mobberley was riding to Macclesfield fair. And then the murders began. (The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner).

#510

“Hello, little mouse. What are you doing?” And then the murders began. ( The little mouse, the red ripe strawberry, and the big hungry bear by Don and Audrey Wood)

#511

Little rabbit Foo Foo riding through the forest scooping up the field mice and then the misers began. (Little Rabbit Foo Foo, Micheal Rosen)

#512

Don’t waste your life on work you don’t love. And then the murders began. (D. Trump – Trump 101, Ch. 1)

#513

Twas the night before Christmas and all thru the house not a creature was stirring. And then the murders began.

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#514

Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.
And the the murders began.
(Gloria, Patti Smith)

#515

My desert island, all-time, top-five most memorable breakups, in chronological order, are as follows: Alison Ashmore; Penny Hardwick; Jackie Alden; Charlie Nicholson; and Sarah Kendrew.

Those were the ones that really hurt.

And the the murders began.

(High Fidelity, Nick Hornby)

#516

Here is Edward Bear, coming down the stairs now, bump bump bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. And then the murders began.

#517

Jack and Jill went up the hill then the murders began.

#518

‘when he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he’d reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him, and then the murders began’ (The Road, Cormac McCarthy)

#519

I’m Emily Elizabeth, and I have a dog. My dog is a big red dog.
Other kids I know have dogs, too. Some are big dogs. And some are red dogs.
But I have the biggest, reddest dog on our street.
And then the murders began.

#520

I’m Emily Elizabeth, and I have a dog. My dog is a big red dog.
Other kids I know have dogs, too. Some are big dogs. And some are red dogs.
But I have the biggest, reddest dog on our street.
And then the murders began.
– Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell

#521

Once when I was six years old I saw a beautiful picture in a book about the primeval forest called True Stories. And then the killings began.
‘The Little Prince’ by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

#522

“Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. I can’t wait until two o’clock God.” And then the murders began….(Judy Blume, Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret)

#523

When that April with its sweet showers the drought of March has pierced to the root and bathed every vine in sweet liquor of which virtue is the flour; then, the murders began. Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer.

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#524

In the great green room there was a telephone and a red balloon and then the murders began

#525

On the far-away island of Sala-ma-Sond,
Yertle the Turtle was king of the pond.
A nice little pond. It was clean. It was neat.
The water was warm. There was plenty to eat.
The turtles had everything turtles might need.
And they were all happy. Quite happy indeed.
And then the murders began.
(Yertle the Turtle, Dr. Seuss)

#526

In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. And then the murders began. “The Great Gatsby”

#527

To the red country and part of the gray country of Oklahoma, the last rains came gently, and they did not cut the scarred earth. And then the murders began

#528

A miller had three sons, and when the miller died he left them nothing but his mill, his donkey, and his cat. And then the murders began. [Puss in Boots]

#529

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. And it was then the murders began.

#530

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. And then the murders began. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

#531

Here’s a story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up 3 very lovely girls….And then the murders began….

#532

They’re out there. Black boys in white suits up before me to commit sex acts in thr hall and get it mopped up before I can catch them. And then the murders began. (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey)

#533

The sun is shining in the office of Heinrich Kroll and Sons Funeral Monuments. And then the murders began. (The Black Obelisk, Erich Maria Remarque)

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#534

Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing. And then the murders began. (Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes)

#535

Of all the things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I’ve come to learn, is women. And then the murders began. (Middle Passage, Charles R. Johnson)

#536

Go dog go! And then the murders began

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#537

Every Who in Who-Ville liked Christmas a lot… and then the murders began.

#538

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#538

A screaming comes across the sky.
And then the murders began.

(Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow)

#539

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#539

Two households, both alike in dignity, In fair Verona, where we lay our scene, From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean. And then the murders began.

Romeo & Juliet – William Shakespeare

#540

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#540

Elmer Gantry was drunk. And then the murders began. “Elmer Gantry” by Sinclair Lewis.

#541

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#541

“Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: And then the murders began. (Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll)

#542

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#542

“It was love at first sight. And then the murders began.” Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

#543

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#543

“It was seven o’clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day’s rest, scratched himself, yawned, and then the murders began.” (The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling)

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