There are some pretty good attempts there, too. To start with, I was quite bored reading them. One made me chuckle. Many had me cringing.
Here’s a crime related one from someone on there called ThePoetsThumb:
"The warm room grew cold, they huddled together, unsure of what their host had planned next, but united by a certainty that one of them, a group that representetd the finest architectural minds on the planet, was about to die."
So here’s the "It’s a crime…" competition: enter your own attempt at a really bad first line for a crime thriller novel in the comments section. It must be truly awful and no longer than one sentence, but of any length you choose. I’ll send a pristine new copy of a crime novel I’ve just read to the author of the first line that I consider to be worst of the bunch. You can enter as many times as you like. Close of business will be midnight British summer time on Sunday July 23rd – that way I can continue to have some fun when I get back from the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival!