I love being beside the water and looking at the reflections and imagining things like what would happen if someone parked too close to the edge of the canal! Delft feels like it's from a different time period--a mysterious one. There are cars, but this is a walking town--a bridge town. Once you know your way around you can scoot through the town quickly and efficiently. I sort of stumbled, of course, but I was so pleased to discover different paths that I didn't mind.
When I needed a picturesque town for Andy Veracruz, I naturally thought of Delft. Why wouldn't he visit such a town full of musicians and culture? Why wouldn't his girlfriend Rachel be delighted to accompany him? (Well, she gets disillusioned quickly enough....) And why wouldn't Delft be a perfect place for a concertmaster to hide? Hence in Substitute Soloist, Andy is sent to Delft, where he's greeted warmly by the people.... at least most of them!