Crime novelists and the cities that inspire them.

Mon., Aug. 9
Trenton, New Jersey
Take a tour around Trenton with Janet Evanovich, author of the Stephanie Plum crime series, for some of the Garden State's finer qualities -- great Italian food, vibrant ethnic neighborhoods and some "interesting" personalities. Evanovich shows NPR's Pam Fessler the Trenton that inspired her.

Tues., Aug. 10
Sun Valley, Idaho
Suspense novelist Ridley Pearson showcases Sun Valley, as navigated by his character Sheriff Walt Fleming. Linda Wertheimer reports.

Thurs., Aug. 12
Los Angeles
Naomi Hirahara, author of the mystery series featuring Japanese-American gardener-turned-sleuth Mas Arai, takes Karen Grigsby Bates on a tour through an inelegant part of downtown L.A.

Fri., Aug. 13
San Francisco
Mystery author Marcia Muller has penned nearly 30 books detailing the work of private detective Sharon McCone in San Francisco. Mandalit del Barco reports

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