Monday, October 13, 2014

Murder Scene 2.0

Yesterday's post reminded me of another spot I thought of to stage a murder in a future book. This is the pedestrian space beneath Plaza Bridge downtown; the Rideau Canal is off to the left, and  the National Arts Centre is off at the far end. The War Memorial is up the stairs to the right; these days there's an hourly change in the guard; the new shift of troops goes up those stairs to the Memorial. I enjoy walking through this space in daytime or nighttime, and thought about setting the scene in question here... but there will no doubt be many surveillance cameras here as well. Instead I ended up deciding that a spot across the river up in the Gatineau Hills would do well. By the way, if you want to read the scene, click here. It might be a bit different when I get around to writing that book, but that's where it starts.

To my Canadian followers: Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Choosing a murder scene isn't something that most of us do that often, but I do accept that the increasing use of CCTV must make things a tad awkward. I think it was the vicar in the study with the candlestick.

  2. I'm glad I read it was for a book, the place looks too nice to be desicrated with the real thing

  3. It is not such a dark place, so a murder would be noticed at once I suppose.

  4. It is a great looking place even for a murder. It is from your shot very cinematographic.

  5. i love the curvy-ness...weird, your title matches my dream! happy thanksgiving!

  6. Oh right thank you I've only just gotten over my serial killer fear!!!! :-)

    Love your new header and happy Thanksgiving, enjoy your day! Yup, VDP is back! :-)

  7. Is not it a bit creepy to go about seeking a site for a murder in a book , even romantic ...?


  8. Happy Thanksgiving, William. The pedestrian space is so attractive... but I guess at night or on a dark day it would make an interesting place for a murder and getaway.

  9. It could be nicely scary at night! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Cameras are everywhere in our world today. Take the good with the bad, I guess.

  11. Those dreaded cameras are making things harder for the criminal mind.

  12. Such an interesting looking spot should be featured somehow, even if it isn't the right spot for the crime.

  13. @Mike: in this case it's two Irish terrorists with a grudge.

    @Bill: it is such a lovely place, and yes, it shouldn't be so desecrated.

    @Revrunner: when they opened up this area, they did great work

    @Marianne: certainly by morning.

    @Luis: all that light coming in from above makes a difference.

    @Tanya: quite a dream!

    @Ciel: welcome back!

    @Tomas: well, my solo writing isn't romantic!

    @EG: there is a different mood to it at night.

    @RedPat: I should photograph this area at night again. It's been awhile.

    @Birdman: that can be a problem!

    @Sharon: they really are.

    @Judy: I could feature it in a conversation after the fact.

  14. You are right: I like this 'scene' even more! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  15. I like this space, nice composition, William!
    And... happy Thanksgiving!

  16. happy thanksgiving …. happy murder plotting!

  17. neat looking place. hope its good and dark for a murder. :)

  18. Nice to see how the light enters here, I like the round shape.

  19. That is very nice looking place! Can be a murder scene for a book....but yes, maybe there are many surveillance cameras watching the every move. Then it's too easy to solve the murder mystery!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  20. @VP: thank you!

    @Karl: thanks!

    @Daryl: there's an expression I like: don't annoy a writer, or they'll write you into their next book.

    @Tex: well, the spot I chose workes!

    @Marleen: I like them too.

    @Tamago: there are actually signs there, and if I'm correct, you can see one at one of the arches on the left, about surveillance cameras for the Canal.

  21. I've tried twice now to post a comment, but it doesn't seem to be working.

    I'll try one more time:

    Hah! I thought that today the only thing you'd be murderin' was your version of a Thanksgiving bird. At any rate, there's a song to go with that ...

  22. This is so cool, William! Happy Thanksgiving to you. :)

  23. Happy Thanksgiving!! what a cool underground. ( :

  24. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates.

  25. William, I knew that as they appear on the blog again, you will notice first. :)

    I had a lot of work, I had a lot of trouble. But some cases already finished. I am glad that I can still wander Ottawa.

  26. @Sara: thanks for the video link!

    @Linda: thank you!

    @Beth: it's such a terrific space to stroll through.

    @Whisk: thanks!

    @Mariusz: glad to see you back again.

    @Norma: thank you!

  27. A nice underpass, and Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Happy Thanksgiving. I would not want to be under all that concrete alone!

  29. This place would work well...I read the scene and can't wait for the book! Let me know when it's available! Soon, I hope.

  30. I grew up in downtown Toronto. I'm leery of cities these days, though. It is an interesting spot.

  31. Has someone been annoying you lately William, you seem to have foul play on your mind :)

  32. This is a particular favourite spot of mine. Please don't sully it with a murder!!
    And while murders will still happen, writing a murder mystery is becoming more challenging with so much surveillance!

  33. This is a fine spot for pretty much anything to happen, with the swirls and the shadows.

    Thanks for your visits to my blog while I have been in Italy, William. It has been a grand trip with wonderful scenery and many dips into ancient history. You would love it.

  34. @Mari: thanks!

    @Jen: thank you!

    @Randy: thank you.

    @Denise: I should try photographing down there during winter. I've never done that.

    @Greensboro: I rather like it down there.

    @Linda: so do I.

    @Lowell: it'll be awhile!

  35. @Jennifer: I love the city, though there are times I miss living in the countryside.

    @Jose: I thought so, and as I write this now, so close to the scene of another one, it's peculiar.

    @Grace: well, there are the odd people whose funeral I would love to attend!

    @Hamilton: it does become quite problematic.

    @Jack: I would definitely enjoy Italy!

    @Jen: I do think so.