Murder in Saint-Germain and Memories

morning read
I'm reading Murder in Saint-Germain  this morning before I venture to meet my friend for lunch. Five years ago, I rented an apartment  above the Boulangerie Poilâne on the Rue du Cherche-Midi in the 6th arrondissement.  One of the reasons that I am enjoying this book is that I can revisit my photos and see exactly where the story is taking place.

A body is found in the bee-keeping area in the Jardins de Luxembourg.
I used to walk past all of the "crime scenes" every day. A body is found in the apiary. I walked this corner every day when I studied at Reid Hall six years ago. Reid Hall is now owned by Columbia University but it used to be The American Girls' Art Club in Paris when Jacqueline Bouvier studied there. The Sorbonne buildings in the 5th were being renovated in 2012 so they rented classrooms here.
The sign in the garden at Reid Hall says it all.
  At La Place de St. Germain, musicians play music most days. The man with the red cap and shoes reminds me of Monsieur, my husband who plays bass and sings.

a French version of my husband

I'm really enjoying the mystery and following Aimée's footsteps in a quartier that I know well.  I'm looking forward to showing Daughter and her friend some of the sights. Do you like to read about familiar locales? If you have ever visited the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, you might enjoy reading the mystery books written by L. R. Wright.

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Travel may the poorest take
Without offence of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul.

Emily Dickinson


  1. Yes, I do like to read books set in familiar locales but my familiar locales are not quite as romantic as the ones you've visited in, and even lived in. That must make Murder in Saint-Germain so much more vivid to you. And now you have the pleasure of planning to show it to your daughter! I always visit the Nashville section when I am in local bookstores and have also found books by some great local authors, especially those of my favorite bookstore owner, Ann Patchett.

    I've written a novel about Nashville during 1952 and maybe someday will get up my nerve to try to self-publish it. I've edited it so many times that I'm sick of it!

    1. Reading can transport us to those familiar places and to other places and times. It is such a magical activity. I read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett and you inspired me to look at her bookstore blog. I liked the bookstore dogs. There were a lot of pictures of visiting authors with their dogs.

      You should try the self-publishing route. It seems that on-line self-publishing is popular now as it does not involve much in the way of distribution costs. My daughter often purchases e-books through the iTunes store.

  2. I love reading books that are set in familar areas as it makes one feel more connected to the story. I must see if i can find a copy of that mystery ...
    You'll be a great travel companion as you have the knowledge, the language, and the lay of the land. Your daughter and her friend are very fortunate to be able to travel with you Madame.
    You must be getting rather excited about the trip...I know I would be.

    1. I borrowed my book from our local library. You would probably enjoy all the small Paris details. I'm looking forward to spending Paris time with my daughter and friend. There is so much to do no matter how many times one visits. My daughter has become a consignment store patron so we're hoping to discover some French fashion. I am getting excited as it is a while since I last visited.

  3. Almost any book set in Paris is a winner for me. I've walked by that apiary! While out boating I picked up Totem Poles and Tea, a story about a young teacher/nurse who worked in one of the now-abandoned First Nations' villages in the 1930s. It was so fascinating that we went by the village site on our way home again.
    I've not visited the Sunshine Coast, but we plan to next spring break, so I'll look for those mysteries.
    How fun to be going to Paris with your daughter. You'll be the best guide!


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