"you should read Marie Belloc Lowndes"

The daughter of a French barrister, English novelist Marie Adelaide Belloc Lowndes (1868-1947) had her first book, The Heart of Penelope, published in 1904. She penned an assortment of works thereafter, the most famous being The Lodger (1913). The tale, which was itself inspired by the sinister figure of Jack the Ripper, has been the basis of no less than five films, including Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 movie, 'The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog'. 


The spa town of Enghien les Bains -- a wealthy area in the northern suburbs of Paris -- was developed as a tourist attraction during the nineteenth century.