In attempting to outline a fictional, Victorian-esque setting for a murder mystery series thematically reminiscent of "Golden Age" detective fiction, I found that creating a legitimate murder mystery series in a setting that isn't conventional for the genre and/or an already established real-world setting is quite hard. For one, there's the nagging feeling that every mystery needs to somehow tie into the relevant-to-the-overarching-narrative lore and history of the setting. In case the specifics of the genre are needed to help me to the best of your abilities, I provided a rough outline of what I do have decided upon in the setting. Spoiler: Rough Setting Overview The setting, inspired by the Victorian era of Europe, is ruled under an oligarchical regime. The governing members of this oligarchy are the heads of each of four ruling families. While each family has immediate, territorial reign over their respective "states", transterritorial, interterritorial, international and intranational affairs are addressed by the oligarchy as a whole. The currently reigning families' names are Suthmeer, Angrove, Belefontaire and Higharch. The Higharch family is still, so to speak, in its infancy as their rule was only recently enstated to compensate for the stripping of the Nix family of their rights to reign after the house was indicted of the crime of associating with an international crime syndicate. As all families disgraced in such a way are, the "Nix" family name was banished from polite usage and they were rebranded "Lazarus", in hopes that the name will bring them God's blessing and return their shame and pride. Our sleuth is an enigma in that he doesn't rightly exist; his existence isn't recorded in any official file until his appeal to the Higharch family to instate a new branch of peacekeepers. While the concept of forensic sciences was developing in strides, it was still in its infancy, and many police officers weren't trained to interpret the raw information forensics provided them so much as they were simply trained to just know, apprehend and attack if necessary. Our "sleuth" is the founding member of a branch of police specializing in the collection and interpretation of such evidence, with the blessing of the newly established head of the Higharch family against quite almost everyone else's better judgement against it. His name, publicly, is Ezra Hawkins. However, in reality, "Ezra" is the pseudonym adopted by Reginald Lazarus, formerly Reginald Nix. Follow-up question for anyone willing to help, while I'd like for the series to be thematically derivative of "Golden Age" Murder Mysteries, I'd like to not spend so much time attempting to impress people with how intelligent my sleuth is, and as such the structure of the mystery solving will be wholly different. Rather than the sleuth picking up on abstract and admittedly broad, occasionally circumstantial and often inconclusive evidence to come to a miraculously insane yet totally correct conclusion, I'd very much like for him to have to extrapolate from information provided from other people more; having to share, talk out and even debate points with his assistant or statements from suspects and witnesses and often be totally wrong and only be able to reach the proper conclusion with such sequences. Of course, this structure is somewhat based on the structure of the Miles Edgeworth Investigation spin-off series of the Ace Attorney murder mystery visual novel series. Thematically and contextually however, how would something like this be translated to novel/novella/short story form?