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A HOTEL IN PARIS by MARGOT JUSTES
A Hotel in Paris by Margot Justes
At a professional and emotional crossroad in her life, Minola Grey, an American painter, decides that an extended trip to Paris is just what she needs to re-capture her muse. She dreams of romance, but a murder in the hotel disrupts her peaceful contemplation. She is soon faced with an international murder mystery.
Quick on the case is Interpol Captain Peter Riley, who suspects Minola of holding the oldest profession known to man. Despite his rudeness and hostility, the needless loss of life impacts her deeply and forces her to take action.
With an eye for details, Minola’s ability to observe the casual occurrences of everyday life instilled in her as an artist, and her equally impressive talent to putting it on paper could help bring the case to closure.
But when the murderer realizes she knows too much, can Peter Riley keep her safe?
A Hotel in Paris by Margot Justes
Periodically, and lately rather frequently, I get a hankering to go back to Paris. I spent a year in that incredible city, and have gone back a few time, but it always beckons me back. The city is my first love, it was a time of my youth and extreme freedom. It was the stuff of dreams.
I write about art, travel and romance. My novel A Hotel in Paris is set in the most romantic city in the world, and since summer and the travel season is almost upon us, I would like to offer a few tips to the city of light and romance that may be a bit off the beaten path.
By all means go to all must see places, and there are so many, but save some time for the other-must see places-go to the intimate and magnificent Rodin museum, it was his home, and his presence can still be felt in every piece exhibited, inside and in his gardens.
It is by far my most favorite museum that I have ever visited. His work is passionate, ardent, and profound. Every muscle strained, every sinew defined. Agony, joy, and in the case of the Balzac work, arrogance masterfully portrayed. Walk through the gardens, stop in the café in the garden and savor your brew in quiet serenity.
Don’t neglect a stroll in the contemplative Luxembourg Gardens, find the Medici Fountain and the reflective pool, sit down on a bench and ponder…
For a taste of local wonder, lose yourself in the back streets of the left bank, start with Rue De La Huchette off Blvd St. Michel, pick a narrow cobble stoned street and start walking-do wear comfortable shoes. Aromas from many ethnic restaurants beckon you in, you can explore one narrow street after another.
For a romantic stroll, walk along the Seine, see the front and back of Notre Dame, enjoy the books stalls. Do so in the early morning, before the crowds and the stalls open, just when the city starts to wake, stop in a café and enjoy a respite. It is so quiet and peaceful and so incredibly romantic. It is equally enchanting late in the evening as the bookstalls start to close; a pervasive hush comes with dusk.
You will see a different Paris, an enchanting Paris; different from the hassle of the tour buses and the rush to get from one point to another without ever savoring the essence of the city. Take the time and delight in the city of lights. Don’t be afraid to get lost, carry a map with you. Paris is a walking city filled with treasures, and you will always find your way back to the next monument.
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Born in Poland, Margot Justes has lived in some of the world’s most wonderful places, including Israel, France and South Africa. Currently living in the Midwest, she has taken her love of art and travel and cultivated it into unique settings and stories for her writing, 2007 brought her a contract for her first novel A Hotel in Paris .
A Hotel in Bath was released in February 2013, and Margot is currently working on her third book in the hotel series, set in Venice, Italy. She is also hard at work on a sequel to Blood Art . Her other projects include a novella set in Chicago, Dazzling Ghouls. She also writes travel blogs and articles.
A Fire Within, also set in Chicago was released in February, 2014. The story first appeared in the Hearts and Daggers anthology.
Margot Justes is a Member of Romance Writers of America, and is a past president of the Chicago North RWA Chapter and the Chicago Chapter of Sisters in Crime.
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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Margot will give away an ebook copy of A HOTEL IN PARIS to one reader who comments on her Monday Interview or Wednesday Book Bench blogs. Don’t miss this chance to read this story. Thanks, Margot, for sharing your story with us!