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Hotel Riviera Book Review Summary

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St. Martin's, Sep 2003, 24.95, 320 pp.
ISBN: 0312308094

American expatriate Lola LaForet manages the eight-room HOTEL RIVIERA located near St. Tropez, France. She also cooks for her guests, many of whom are repeat customers. Six years ago she married Patrick before learning he was a womanizer who enjoyed the nightlife. Six months ago, Patrick left to buy Lola a birthday present, but never returned home.

Lola looks out to the sea only to see a naked male with a beautiful woman on his sloop, the Bad Dog. The nude hunk, Jack Farrar realizes that a beautiful voyeur has been ogling him. Unable to resist he comes to the Hotel Riviera to meet his peeping Tomato. From that first encounter, he and Lola quickly find they are very attracted to one an another and begin to fall in love. However, the police find Patrick's abandoned vehicle and believe that Lola killed him.

Though the intrigue involving Patrick is fun to follow, readers visiting the HOTEL RIVIERA will enjoy the romantic relationship between the lead duo told in the first person. The cast is a sound substantial group that provides further insight into the prime pair especially guests at the hotel. Fans of a contemporary romance with a relatively late touch of suspense will take much delight with a trip to the Riviera.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Special suspect?    -   lover Misc. Murder Plotlets    -   Proving innocence of very obvious suspect Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   feelings towards lover Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   small businessman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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