Camille Elliot/Camy Tang here! I’m working on my next Regency romantic mystery, and as I was plotting out the major disasters that happen, I had this conversation with myself:
Me: So after the murder attempt, how can I up the stakes?
Myself: How about a kidnapping?
I: You had a kidnapping in your last three books.
Me: Oh, that’s right.
Myself: Let’s blow up a house.
I: In the Regency period? Not happening.
Me: There was no C-4. I’d need barrels of gunpowder.
Myself: And barrels of gunpowder really don’t explode quite like it does in the movies.
I: We could frame the hero for murder.
Me: How? There were no fingerprints in the Regency.
Myself: No DNA, either.
I: I guess crashing a plane is out too.
Me: I could crash a carriage.
Myself: You don’t want to injure the poor horses.
I: Assassination attempt in the woods?
Me: They’d have to be close by to attempt an assassination, because the only guns were pistols or shotguns. No hunting rifles yet.
Myself: And military rifles back then were very inaccurate, too.
I: You’re such a killjoy.
Really, it should be easier to take advantage of the fact that the Regency period had no forensics, no internet databases, no cars, and no house alarms! I guess it’s back to the drawing board for me … unless you guys have any ideas?