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Q&A: Children’s Book Author Writes Murals Into Mystery
In a twist on the children’s mystery format, first-time children’s book author (and lawyer) Jill Diamond has recently published a mystery in which the Mission’s murals play a central role. Lou Lou & Pea and the Mural Mystery, illustrated by Lesley Vamos, is set in a fantastical Mission-inspired world where two young friends use clues that start appearing in the murals to figure out who has committed some misdeeds. Centered on the neighborhood and its community, the book explores the girls’ friendship and community while making nods to real elements of the local culture like the murals and the annual Día de los Muertos procession. A second book in the series is forthcoming. We talked with Diamond about the themes in the book, how to write a mystery, and how kids sometimes pay more attention to the details than their parents. This interview has been edited for clarity. Mission Local: Combining murals with a crime mystery for kids. How did you come up ...