Ever since I wrote Principessa, where Portia had to solve a case while not speaking the native language (it was almost entirely set in Italy) I’ve thought about writing a casebook where my sleuth has to compensate for losing an ability.
The obvious ability to take away from her would seem to be sight, as a lot of her inductive observations are visual, but maybe that is too easy a choice.
What do you think? Which ability shall I deprive my heroine of (temporarily, though she will not know that) for my next casebook?
Still working on learning about Portia’s London, so I started a map (available here).
In Book 4 she makes her way out to a farm that has recently been burned to the ground. I need it to be in Sheep-farming land, so I picked Sussex county as a location where Southdown sheep grazed. Read more about Sussex county on Wikipedia here.
The Chalk Downlands (also called the South Downs) area seems to be decent farmland for sheep farming.
The Amberley railway station was built in 1923, so she could have taken a train from Victoria station in London to Amberley to get to the Coombs farmhouse. It would have taken about an hour to get there.