Deathly Turn of a Phrase

I thought that I had the perfect phrase for my book. It came to me in a unearthly shot of inspiration and I was sure that it was perfect. Start with the dead man, another mystery author suggested. Start there and tell the story that will lure the reader through the maze of who, what, when and where... The problem is that the phrase I wanted to use sounded all too familiar to me. I don't believe in original thought. The whole "there are no new stories, only new ways to tell them". But I certainly didn't want to be guilty of coining a well-used phrase until someone screams in terror. We wouldn't want that... So, for now, as far as corpses go... this phrase is a dead in the water. Or at least until I can resurrect it :)

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