A Glimpse Inside Chelsea Cain’s Portland

April 16, 2010 Blog Post, Crime Fiction, Mystery/Suspense, Thriller 12

On Monday, I introduced you all to the thrilling & bone-chilling world of Chelsea Cain.  As I mentioned, setting in Cain’s novels are like a character in and of themselves, so I thought it would be perfect to get a real glimpse inside the world of Chelsea Cain’s Portland. Following are just a few of the Portland, OR-area sites mentioned in Evil at Heart:

Pittock Mansion was the home of Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. The mansion serves as a monument to all the contributions the family made to Portland. The home was equipped with progressive features including a central vacuum system, intercoms, and indirect lighting. The mansion was opened to the public in 1965.  In Chelsea Cain’s Portland, the Pittock Mansion is one of Gretchen Lowe’s many crime scenes.

Portland’s Rose Gardens was created in as a place for Georgiana Burton Pittock to exhibit her roses for her friends and family.  It’s renowned for it’s tens of thousands of rose varieties.  Unfortunately, this beautiful, scenic garden was yet another on of Gretchen Lowe’s crime scenes.

The Columbia River Gorge, an 80-mile geologic wonder that forms the border between northern Oregon and southern Washington, is proof of Nature’s unbridled strength. Glacial floods thousands of years ago carved this 1,200-mile-long river, which is the only sea-level passage to cross the Cascade Mountains.  And..you’ve guessed it correctly, it’s another crime scene.

Following is a video of Chelsea Cain herself, touring through Portland.  She also describes how she was inspired to write about a female serial killer.  She starts at the beginning, with  scenes from Heartsick. Be careful, there are some spoilers!

I hope this glimpse inside Chelsea Cain’s Portland hasn’t tainted your feelings about this great city!

Don’t forget, you can still enter to win the entire Chelsea Cain “Beauty Killer” library! Contest ends on 4/26!

I’d be remiss not to thank Jen from Jen’s Book Thoughts for arranging Detectives Around the World! She did an outstanding job!  I discovered several new blogs and authors, so THANK YOU JEN!!

12 Responses to “A Glimpse Inside Chelsea Cain’s Portland”

  1. bookmagic
    Twitter: bookmagicdeb

    You probably should have asked my permission before including a picture of my house 🙂

  2. softdrink

    I love Portland, mainly because it’s home to Powells. I hope Powells doesn’t make a cameo as a murder site!

  3. diane

    Lovely photos. I read ALL of Chelsea Cain’s books — nail biting indeed, but addictive.

  4. Kay

    Thanks for giving these glimpses of Portland, one of my favorite places. We lived there for 3 years and the first time I walked into Powell’s, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I haven’t read this series yet, but I will. I don’t think I knew it was set in Portland. Loved the Rose Garden. Loved a lot of things. But, the author is right, Portland can make some people go mad! 🙂

  5. Julie J

    Wow, this really helps to put the setting in perspective. Amazing how Gretchen could desecrate such a beautiful place! For some reason, I never thought to see if the settings in books were actual places and what they would look like. I’ll remember this when I read her newest book. I’ve loved the first two books about Gretchen. She’s definitely an interesting character! Thanks so much for sharing this post! 🙂

  6. Sabine

    WOW! I can’t wait to start reading the first book! I feel like I’m going into it with such a familiarity already that it’s like an old friend. The video was great, as were the pics!

  7. Beth F
    Twitter: BethFishReads

    I loved the video. I lived in Eugene for a couple of years and went up to Portland a few times (saw the rose garden, walked along the river). Excellent post. It’s made me homesick (or is that heartsick?) for the Pac Northwest.

  8. Lydia

    This is fantastic! I love seeing “behind the scenes” of the novel; it brings the story to life. I’ve heard that Heartsick is pretty darned scary… I’ve just finished a horror novel not too long ago so I need a break… but good to have a suggestion for when I’m ready for another one.

    Great pics and nice to meet you,
    Lydia @ The Literary Lollipop