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.
A couple weeks ago a Twitter hashtag was born that sparked the reimagining of numerous classic books as murder mysteries. #andthenthemurdersbegan took flight after @marc_laidlaw tweeted, “The first line of almost any story can be improved by making sure the second line is, ‘And then the murders began.’”
Reimagining classics as murder mysteries is not new. Recent popular classic spin-offs include P.D. James’ Death Comes to Pemberley (which was such a hit it was made into a BBC miniseries) and Lyndsay Faye’s Jane Steele, which reimagines Jane Eyre as a “gutsy, heroic serial killer.” For mystery lovers like myself, nothing makes a story better than a good juicy murder.3 Classic Novels Reimagined as Thrilling Murder MysteriesClick To Tweet
In the spirit of homicidal fun inspired by Marc’s tweet, here are three classics I think would be amazing as murder mysteries. (And no, Emma will not be on the list. Though the opening line is perfectly suited to the Twitter meme, I don’t think the story would make as great a murder mystery as the following three.)