Well, if you have been paying attention to my twitter you know by now that I am in Venice doing a bit of research for book two. To the rest of you – surprise! Book two will be set in Venice during the carnival. Today is my last day in Venice in fact, and I have the whole day to explore as I will take a late evening train to Germany. I better go scout some locations, don’t you think?
The difficulty with Venice as a murder location, especially during the carnival, is that there are no quiet side canals for nefarious deeds. There are people everywhere, all the time. So I may have to fudge a bit to make my story fit the city. But that is what I will be doing today, trying to find a convenient murder location. I better not tell anyone that, should anyone ask. They might alert the carabinieri.
So why Venice? First, I just wanted to visit Venice again and setting a book there gave me a perfect excuse. Second, the carnival seemed an ideal setting for a murder. Not only are a lot of people wearing masks, and the huge number of people will actually help the killer disappear into a crowd if needed. And third, just look at it! Venice is gorgeous and fascinating and why wouldn’t you set a book there if you could?
Venice will make scenery descriptions a delight, at least for me and hopefully to you, dear reader. One morning when I set out for the Doge’s Palace, the city was shrouded in dense fog. I must work that into my book. The fog was so thick you couldn’t see from one side to the other side of St Mark’s Square. A fog like that… Well, it gives me ideas.
The names of the books in the Murder Travels series are still work in progress. By coincidence the first two books have a maritime angle: the first book will take place on a container ship, and this one in a city literally built on water. Well, perhaps not so much a coincidence. I do love the ocean! Talking about the series, I have also tweaked the sub titles a little. I’m now going with a singular mystery: “Laura MacMilland’s Murder Travels Mystery Book (number)”. It just rolls off the tongue better, don’t you think?
But now, Venice calls!