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My family is American, and has been for generations, in all its branches, direct and collateral. And then the murders began.

Babcock and Selma White were among the last of the wedding guests to take their departure. And then the murders began.

In the Highlands of Perthshire, a deadly feud had existed from time immemorial, between the Lisles of Inchavon and the Stuarts of Lochisla. And then the murders began.

The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home. And then the murders began.

It was a five of a November afternoon, crisp and sharp, and already running into dusk. And then the murders began.

"Turn round, my boy! How ridiculous you look! What sort of a priest's cassock have you got on? Does everybody at the academy dress like that?" And then the murders began.

October 3rd

  Something very peculiar happened today. And then the murders began.

Nazeby Hall,

  August 3d.

    Dearest Mamma:

      I got here all right, without even a smut on my face, for Agnes tidied me up in the brougham before we arrived at the gate. And then the murders began.

As the night fell on her face Gerty Bridewell awoke, stifled a yawn with her pillow, and remembered that she had been very unhappy when she went to bed. And then the murders began.

By the open French window of the dining-room Jenny Blair Archibald was reading Little Woman for the assured reward of a penny a page. And then the murders began.

After a day of rain the sun came out suddenly at five o'clock and threw a golden bar into the deep Victorian gloom of the front parlour. And then the murders began.

Night. The river shouldered its way through the forest. And then the murders began.

Julian Perryam was awakened at nine o'clock on a May morning in his bedroom in the Turl, off Broad Street, Oxford. And then the murders began.

It was half-past five in the morning. And then the murders began.

Two small, sturdy boys stood alone on the empty deck of the Channel steamer. And then the murders began.

There are some fields near Manchester, well known to the inhabitants as "Green Heys Fields," through which runs a public footpath to a little village about two miles distant. And then the murders began.

The young man who, at the end of September, 1924, dismounted from a taxicab in South Square, Westminster, was so unobtrusively American that his driver had some hesitation in asking for double his fare. And then the murders began.

In modern Society, one thing after another, this spice on that, ensures a kind of memoristic vacuum, and Fleur Mont's passage of arms with Majorie Ferrar was, by the spring of 1926, well-nigh forgotten. And then the murders began.

The Bishop of Portminister was sinking fast; they had sent for his four nephews, his two nieces and their one husband. And then the murders began.

The black soil of the hillside field glistened coldly in the meagre rays of the westering sun which were all that it caught of warmth and light during the day, surrounded as it was on three sides by dense pine copses. And then the murders began.

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