How important is it to you to understand and visualise the greater location of a story? I know fantasy and similar genres require complex worlds, but what about in other genres such as mystery, where the plots and characters are driving the story and a geography of the landscape isn't really essential? My current work is a comedy mystery set in an urban environment - standard suburb/s, on the outskirts of a city. There is specifically a wealthier end of town, but otherwise (so far) I haven't felt the need to explain the layout. I have specific sites ie the MCs workplace, home, the victim's home etc but I have not identified a town name, streets, landscape etc. I'm not adverse to creating this but I don't know how much it will benefit my story and whether it is something that is necessary to engage a reader. In looking over my favourite books, it seems to be a mix of complex detailed design, or simply "blahblah-town" and individual sites. I feel like I engage with both. How do you feel about a sense of place, and is it necessary for you to engage in the story? And at what level? Can you engage with the story just through characters and plot or do you prefer to "know where you are"?