Symbolism is my favorite sleight of hand in writing.
In Cozy Mysteries, when done right, symbolism is the ultimate game of trickery.
Perch a few doves on the roof of a suspect’s house, arrange a couple of white calla lilies on her breakfast table and you’re leading the readers right down the road of innocence.
The trick is to know when to have that path lead true… and when to have it lead murderously false.
Bottom line: The sleight of a writer’s hand can be a marvelous weapon.