BEGIN at the Beginning

BY SHEILA HUDSON

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.

Whenever I sit down to write something, it’s always a temptation to jump into the middle. And that’s what mysteries do; the hook is just that. But the Queen of Mystery, Ms. Christie herself introduces her mysteries in a variety of ways. Just take a look:

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