A deep interest in the worlds brought to life in real destinations is driving a mini-boom of literature-inspired trips, none more so than in locales popularized by crime novels.
It used to be safe to say that most of us don’t go looking for crime on our vacations, but that’s not true anymore. Crime fiction travel, a juicier version of the well-worn literary pilgrimage, is a popular way for people to see the world.
“A lot of people read crime fiction in advance of visiting a new city. Once there, I think it’s natural to see how the real place aligns with the one on the page,” says best-selling crime novelist Laura Lippman, whose main character Tess Monaghan is a reporter turned private investigator living and working in Baltimore.
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