What Rattles?

A pebble rattles in my shoe.

Is the Congo River Basin –a setting unfamiliar to most potential readers– a smart place to introduce a sleuth? Or should my linguist first appear in a more “known” setting?

Cozy Mysteries are often as much about the “detective” as the crime. Should I premiere my lead against a less “noisy” background? Or am I not giving my readers enough credit?

Is this merely a pebble clanging around my toes?… Or is it, in fact, a seed in need of cultivation?

Either way, it needs to get the heck out of my shoe.

Until tomorrow…


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