And then the murders began.

Hi all!

The blog is BACK.

I’ll try work through all your comments and observations as quickly as I can. I am very pleased by your participation during the blackout. It’s very gratifying to see you engaging in this way! Well done, ladies!

As we know, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are an interesting place to witness all kind of language forms in action. From news articles to “Which member of One Direction are you?” quizzes, people constantly share written language in these forums. Today I saw a particularly amusing wave of literary engagement which took Twitter by storm a few weeks ago. You can read the article here:

The premise is that the first line of almost any plot can be  instantly improved by making the second line, “And then the murders began.”

People on Twitter took to sharing their examples. Prepare for your childhoods to be slightly tainted.

From The Hungry Hungry Caterpillar:

“One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. And then the murders began.”


“I wonder what Piglet is doing,” thought Pooh. And then the murders began.


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.

Why not participate in a little literary playtime? In the comments, find a book, write out the first line and add the golden phrase.

A prize to my favourite one 😉


Ms Roberts

10 thoughts on “And then the murders began.

  1. Jamie says:

    Behind the tightly packed paparazzi stood white vans with enormous satellite dishes on the roofs, and journalists talking, some in foreign languages, while sound-men in headphones hovered. And then the murders began.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. CreslinKaltan says:

    The rumor spread through the city like wildfire (which had quite often spread through Ankh-Morpork since its citizens had learned the words “fire insurance”). And then the murders began

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Leah says:

    Ever since she arrived in the small town of Bulawayo people had fallen under the enchantment of her charismatic spell. She drew in people like moths to a flame with her reassuring smile and caring nature, and then the murders began.

    Liked by 1 person

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