This is a rant I've been carrying for years... Why do authors set novels in locations where they've never been, or only passed through on a guided tour, once? I've read several such books and it's so irritating. A Christian fiction book I read recently was a particularly good example. The book was set in Chicago, clearly the author's home town. All the descriptions had a very genuine feel to them (caveat - I've never been there). The plot then moves on to Paris and Jerusalem, two places I have familiarity with. And then it just totally falls like a pancake. The author doesn't know these cities and sounds like he's quoting a guide book. Next to no grasp on the local culture, some blatant and culturally insensitive mistakes. I've come across this so many times and I really wish that authors would either stick with locations they know, research properly or at run the scene description by somebody who lives in the place in question. Perhaps I'm being horrible, and some of these books are targetted at audiences that don't care... But for me, a book takes a nose dive when the setting moves to a location the author obviously doesn't know. Phew - that felt good!!!