In addition, I’ve tried to add a distinctive retro art-nouveau background to the setting, using architectural landmarks in the City (i.e. Telegraph Hill) as well as adding some Alphonse Mucha artwork to the main character’s repertoire of artistic taste. Essentially, during the plot as the bodies add up, Lily discerns several clues previously undiscovered by the local police as she begins a series of interviews with the tenants of the building where one of the victims lived. Gradually, the killer’s increasing use of literary references in the murders scattered throughout the city puts Lily on track to unraveling a seemingly random series of unfortunate occurrences.
Now, truthfully this is more a fun exercise than a determined push into writing professionally in this genre. However, mystery remains an essential element in any good piece of fiction, so I’m definitely hoping to learn from the experience of writing (and reading) more and more well written detective prose. My main influences in this story are a mix of Agatha Christie’s Poirot tales and some of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes books. I’m hoping for some constructive feedback as well in the hopes of improving my rather inexperienced mystery-style authorship. If you would like a copy or simply enjoy fiction set in San Francisco, please let me know. Thanks.