"Where shall I begin?" I said.
"Begin at the beginning," said my sister Clarissa, who can be rather nippy at times.
"But what is the beginning?" asked Tish. "Is it when we found the boy lying dead in the ditch?"
"Only he wasn't dead," muttered Thomas. (This seemed to be a disappointment that he wasn't going to forget in a hurry).
From WILLOW GREEN MYSTERY, Chapter 1, Boy in the Ditch.