I didn't know I was doing film noir, I thought they were detective stories with low lighting!
When I first started writing the books in the 1980s, all of the female detectives were flawed in some way because they were based on noir characters.
Expect the unexpected like a chain smoking, hard drinking, monochrome world dwelling Noir Detective
What description of clouds and sunsets was to the old novelist, description of scientific apparatus and methods is to the modern Scientific Detective writer.
When I pair food and wine, I start with the food. If I have a beautiful roasted bird, I might choose a Cabernet or Pinot Noir, or maybe a Syrah, depending on the sauce and what is in my cellar.