Saturday, July 27, 2013

The 7th Woman eBook Guest Post

Frédérique Molay, the author of a bestselling edge-of-your-seat police procedural set in Paris—The 7th Woman—tells us about one of her favorite spots in the French capital.
The heart of Paris’s Latin Quarter is in the fifth arrondissement, where the Rue Mouffetard has as discreet, village-like charm. The name Mouffetard comes from the French expression “ça mouffe,” which means “that smells bad.” In the Middle Ages, the street was one of passageways for the Paris sewers, making it one of the French capital’s dirtiest and smelliest streets.
For a long time, the neighborhood was a haunt for poets—of more and less good reputation. Paul Verlaine, Prosper Mérimée, James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway all lived here. Victor Hugo came to the Rue Mouffetard in search of an Old Paris atmosphere for his Les Misérables.

The old stones and buildings in the neighborhood seem to tell stories, and the streets are full of life day and night. It is one of the most picturesque areas in Paris.

The street itself leads to the Place de la Contrescarpe, where students gather. This is one of my favorite places in the city. I like the cobblestones, the cafés, the fountain and the funny streetlamps. It has an atmosphere conducive both to encounters and to literary travels.
No matter the season, if you are in the neighborhood, I recommend going to the top of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, where you will find the Pantheon, a mausoleum for distinguished French citizens. The nearby Saint-Étienne du Mont Church is worth the detour for its architecture, and the surrounding neighborhood hold several prestigious institutions and schools.
Excerpt from The 7th Woman
Monday – Chapter 1 – Marie-Hélène
The Latin Quarter reminded him of his childhood. His grandparents had a shop on Rue Mouffetard. He recalled the days he spent playing with the kids of other shop owners on the street, not far from the Saint Ménard Church. That kind of neighborhood conviviality was long gone now.
These days, the Place de la Contrescarpe was a tourist haunt because of its cafés. As Nico approached, he saw that the café customers were gawking at the building, where an unmarked police cruiser, its lights flashing, was blocking the entrance. A man was slumped over the Renault’s backseat. Two police officers were guarding the car. You could tell by their determined look that they had no intention of letting the guy get away. David Kriven stepped out of the building to meet Sirsky. 

About the Author:  

Frédérique Molay graduated from France’s prestigious political science school Science Po and began her career in politics and the French administration. Meanwhile, she spent her nights pursing a passion for writing she had nourished since she wrote her first novel at the age of eleven. After The 7th Woman took France by storm, Frédérique Molay dedicated her life to writing and raising her three children. She has five books to her name, with three in the Nico Sirsky series.

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