By Claire Booth
We’ve had quite a bit of rain here in California lately. For the first time in years. Seriously, years. And in the past week that has meant flooding in the valleys and avalanches in the mountains.
Which got me thinking.
Weather is such a fantastic plot device. As the ultimate meteorologist, a writer can throw any kind of seasonal disaster at her characters. It makes things more difficult for them, which is exactly the point – especially in a crime fiction novel.
In The Branson Beauty, I use a winter snowstorm to help run a tourist showboat aground. And I use it to illustrate how out of his comfort zone my warm-weather sheriff really is.
Weather also is an integral part of setting. The heat of Arizona, the humidity of the Amazon jungle, the crisp cold of the Swiss Alps.
What books have you loved where the weather was a key part of the story?