In my romantic suspense, Killer Career, snow plays a part in one of the major scenes. When the heroine enlists the help of her friend to shovel her driveway, her elderly neighbor stops by to say her dog is missing. They search for the dog in the next-door yard and making a shocking discovery.
I thought of this scene today because it's been the first day I've been able to walk my own dog in a long while. We've finally gotten a break in the many rounds of cold and snow, and we're actually in the 50s here. On the downside, more snow is predicted Tuesday night into Wednesday.
Anyway, snow can be used in many ways in mysteries. Here are a few:
- It's great for hiding things you don't want discovered, such as bodies, or evidence.
- Great for slowing down investigations, because it impedes law enforcement or other helpers to get to the scene of a crime. Once there, it takes longer to get around outside to look.
- Snow can cover tracks.
- Phone lines can go down.
- Power can go off.