Heat of the Crime:
A Summer of Dangerous Getaways
Location, location, location: the key to valuable real estate, a successful business, and atmosphere in a mystery or crime novel. Also the theme for the summer season here at the NCWM Blog.
From the exotic to the mundane, places often act as supporting characters in books.Whether the twin moons of an alternate world or the Twin Towers of pre-9/11 New York, landmarks place us in time and space. The cultures and laws of different countries allow events to occur that would be improbable in Canada. Just crossing our own country, the character of small town New Brunswick will be different from small town Alberta.
Summer is also a good time to go on book tours. The driving is better if nothing else. Several of our authors have hit the promotional trail already, visiting towns while going to and from Victoria BC for the Author Ellis Awards and Bloody Words conference.
Our first summer getaway starts next week with Robert Landori, author of Havana Harvest. He'll be telling us how location figured into his first novel - holiday photos included!