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)

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John L 2 years ago

.....and its been going on ever since.

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#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)

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Alexandrianna the Non-Human 2 years ago

Noooot the best solution in the world...

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#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 )

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ettiene stevens 2 years ago

This actually sums the Harry Potter series up perfectly.

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#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)

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Daria B 2 years ago

Larva (the Korean cartoon).

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#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)

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IAmTheRealTimbo 2 years ago

Well, actually if u read the book, the murder does begin☹️ Of pigs😭

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#6

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

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김지수 2 years ago

Piglet, you...

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#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)

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Avia 2 years ago

KILLER PUPPIES. VILLANS OF CUTENESS.

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#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)

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Master Markus 2 years ago

Less creepy than the actual remainder of the book.

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#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.

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Samuele Cattabriga (Ragnoboy) 2 years ago

Hobbiton Psycho?

#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)

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Alan Stagner 2 years ago

This is basically how the plot of Hellsing Ultimate (Abridged) begins.

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#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)

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Cody Eriksen 2 years ago

That's the real story...

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#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)

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Lane Jessen 2 years ago

Marley was dead: to begin with; and then the murders began. (A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens)

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#13

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

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Cody Eriksen 2 years ago

Oh God!! *snort*

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#14

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

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Heather Gilpin 2 years ago

True story

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#15

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

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Daria B 2 years ago

This one's actually deep. It's about insomnia and overthinking.

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#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)

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Ed Mueller 2 years ago

Fishing can do that

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#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

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Bernadette Circle 2 years ago

So true

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#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.

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Nancy Arnold 2 years ago

The raven by Edgar Allan Poe

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#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)

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TheOtakuQueen 8 months ago

My phobia with insects intensifies

#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)

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Matthew Ciciretti 2 years ago

Haha just read this to my sons tonight!

#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)

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Nancy Arnold 2 years ago

And then the murders began by The Queen of Hearts who poisoned her tarts ...

#22

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

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Daria B 2 years ago

Too bad the tenses don't match. (Welcome, abyss of red arrows and minuses, I dare spoiling a joke)

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#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)

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Katie Gullickson 2 years ago

Sounds more like the intro to Fargo.

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#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)

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#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

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Karen Klinck 2 years ago

The most concise description of human history I ever heard.

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#26

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

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Kapitan Chomik 2 years ago

Sounds like the opening of any "Saw" -type movie.

#27

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

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Elizabeth Stoddard 2 years ago

This is gold

#28

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

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Emily Vaughan 2 years ago

To Be or not To Be. And then the murders began. (Hamlet. Shakespeare. )

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#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)

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Al Stoneburner 2 years ago

Jesus, buy that girl something quick

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#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)

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#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)

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David Underwood 2 years ago

Hey, guess what? He figured out what sort of mischief he might get into. xD lmao

#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)

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Cristi 2 years ago

That book was so extremely depressing, I´ve never been able to finish it.

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#33

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

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Janice Foster 2 years ago

I'm almost certain this is not the opening line of that book.

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#34

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

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Daria B 2 years ago

Never get grandma mad! ò_ó

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#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

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LizzyM 2 years ago

Sounds feasible. Wonderful book & movie though

#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)

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Karen Klinck 2 years ago

Very true, very true.

#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)

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LizzyM 2 years ago

Sounds like the beginning of an alien movie situated in the past

#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)

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Patryc Murphy 2 years ago

that's actually pretty much how i remember that book...

#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)

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Carin Enovijas 2 years ago

Love this book.

#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

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Karen Klinck 2 years ago

Was this cribbed from Cliff's Notes?

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#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.

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SarahJean Meyer 2 years ago

Second sentence it would just be I am Sam and then the murders began.

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#42

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

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Anna Linnaeus 2 years ago

I only came here to see if anyone had added this!

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#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)

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Markus McCloud 2 years ago

The Genocide Tree

#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)

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Too Lazy To Care 🐼 2 years ago

I literally burst out laughing at this, save my horrible soul.

#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.

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Jörg Zingler 2 years ago

Moby Dick :)

#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)

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Raven Wood 2 years ago

Oh, good, it's mashed with "In Cold Blood."

#47

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

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June Geraci 2 years ago

To Kill a Mockingbit, Harper Lee

#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

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SarahJean Meyer 2 years ago

NOT a book.

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#49

'''Twas the night before Christmas.... and then the murders began."

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Sarah Elizabeth 2 years ago

technically it should be 'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. And then the murders began.

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#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

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#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)

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#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 )

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Sarreq Teryx 2 years ago

o0 The Rabbit of Caerbannog's back story

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#53

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

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John L 2 years ago

Claustrophobia breeds resentment, and resentment breeds.........................

#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)

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#55

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

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#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

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#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.

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#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)

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#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

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#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

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#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)

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Fred Kester 2 years ago

Manifest Destiny in a nutshell.

#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)

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#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)

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#64

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

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#65

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

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#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

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#67

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

~Go, Dog, Go - P. D. Eastman

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#68

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

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Sophie G 2 years ago

shoot I was gonna use this one!

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#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)

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Karen Klinck 2 years ago

Must have been Mom, murdering others' more fortunate daughters.

#70

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

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#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)

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#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)

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Karen Klinck 2 years ago

But what's the difference with the real story?

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#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, *)

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2 years ago

L.A. Confidential, by James Ellroy

#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)

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#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)

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#76

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

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#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)

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#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)

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Ashley Charboneau 2 years ago

Shit, I'd start getting pissed too at that insult! The punch-line would be: "What'd you expect?"

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#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)

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#80

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

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#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)

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#82

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

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#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.

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#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

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#85

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

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Samuel Chung 2 years ago

Bible allusion? Pls why

#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#89

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

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#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)

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#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.

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#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)

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#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.

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#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.

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#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)

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#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)

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#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


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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#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.

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#102

I don't do it for the money.

Donald Trump, The Art of the Deal

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2 years ago

... AND THEN THE MURDERS BEGAN!!!!

#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)

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#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).

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#105

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

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2 years ago

tale of two cities ,Dickens C.

#106

"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug. And then the murders began.

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#107

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

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SAS 2 years ago

Gallia est omnis divisa in partes tres. Et tunc coepit homicidia. (All of Gaul is divided into three parts. And then the murders began) Commentaries on the Gallic War (Commentarii de Bello Gallico), Julius Caesar

#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)

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#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

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#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

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#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)

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#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

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#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)

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#114

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

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#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)

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#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).

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#117

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

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2 years ago

Little Town on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder

#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)

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#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)

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#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.

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#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).

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#122

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

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#123

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

- America, by Jon Stewart

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#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"

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#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)

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Kevin Muir 2 years ago

Accurate

#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

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#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.

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#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)

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#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)

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#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

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#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)

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#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)

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#133

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

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#134

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

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#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..

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#136

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

From the poem "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost

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#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)

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#138

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

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#139

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

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#140

Who's there?.... and then the murders began

Hamlet

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#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)

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#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

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#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)

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#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.

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#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.

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(From Frankenstein by Mary Shelley)

#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)

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#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.

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#148

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

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#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)

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#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..."

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#154

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

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#158

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

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#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.

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#163

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

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#164

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

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#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...

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2 years ago

Forgot attribution - The Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

#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.

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#170

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

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#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

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#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)

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#173

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

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#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 )

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#175

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

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#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'.

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#177

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

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#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)

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#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

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#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.

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#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)

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#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...

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#183

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

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#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)

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#185

"Ok" says Luke calmly, "don't panic". And then the murders began.
(Shopaholic to the Rescue - Sophie Kinsella)

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#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)

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#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

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#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)

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#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.)

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#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)

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#191

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

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#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.

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#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.

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#194

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

Charles Stross - The Atrocity Archive

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#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)

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#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)

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#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 .....

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#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

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#199

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

The Hobbit. Tolkien.

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#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)

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#201

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

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#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

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#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)

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#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)

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#205

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

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#206

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

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#207

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

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#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.

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#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)

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#210

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

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#215

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

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#216

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

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#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!

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#218

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

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#219

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

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#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)

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#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

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#222

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

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#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) 🎄

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#224

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

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#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)

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#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)

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#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.)

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#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.

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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

#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)

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#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 )

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#234

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

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#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.)

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#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)

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#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)

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#238

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

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#239

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

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#240

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

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#241

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

Stephen King - The Gunslinger

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#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)

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#243

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

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#244

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

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#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

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we are not a glum lot...

#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

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Murders would have livened up her poetry!

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#247

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

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#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")

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#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...

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(Swiss Family Robinson, Johann David Wyss)

#250

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

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#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)

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#252

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

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#253

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

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#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

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#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.)

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#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)

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#257

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

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#258

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

William Hope Hodgson, "The Night Land"

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#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)

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#260

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

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#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."

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#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.”)

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#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)

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#264

I'm pretty much f@@cked. And then the murders began.
('The Martian' Andy Weir)

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#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)

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#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)

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The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created.This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. And then the murders began. (The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams)

#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)

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#268

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

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#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)

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#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")

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#271

Girls entered the building, then the murders began...

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#272

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

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#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

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#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

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#276

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

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#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)

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#278

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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#282

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

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#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

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#285

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

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#286

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

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#287

Marley was dead, to begin with.

And then the murders began.

(Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol")

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#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

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#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)

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#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.

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#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.

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#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)

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#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)

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#295

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

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#296

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

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#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)

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#301

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

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#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.

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#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)

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#305

A screaming comes across the sky.

And then the murders began.

(Gravity's Rainbow, Thomas Pynchon)

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#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.

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#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)