At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie

The grand dame of the golden age of mysteries, Christie's characters capture the minds of young readers with each new generation.

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At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie


Features

  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.65 x 6.77 x 4.21
  • Publisher: Signet; Reissue edition (July 10, 2001)
  • ISBN: 0451199936


    Reader Reviews
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful: Sublime setting, great mystery: Miss Marple at her best!, March 23, 2003 Reviewer: Geert Daelemans from Leuven Belgium Raymond West's latest novel is doing very well indeed, so he and his painter wife Joan decide to treat Raymond's old Aunt Jane Marple to a holiday. Miss Marple takes this opportunity to visit in London and spend the week in that eminently traditional, eminently expensive bastion of Edwardian hostelry, Bertram's Hotel. On arriving she immediately recalls her visit of many years ago, when she was still a silly schoolgirl, madly in love with a very unsuitable young man. Most things in the hotel seem to be untouched by the greedy monster of modern time and that is the way Miss Marple likes to see it. But something did change: an undefined atmosphere suggests more than the eye can see. When the absent-minded clergyman Canon Pennyfather goes missing, Jane knows that she still can trust her dark premonitions. Agatha Christie was sixty-six when she wrote At Bertram's Hotel and by doing so proved that she still could recall the spirit of her earlier works. All the elements of a typical Christie mystery are present. The setting is this time an Edwardian hotel full of memories of that golden age (supposedly based on the Brown's Hotel in London). Christie looks back to the good old days with more than just melancholy. The main characters also seemed to have travelled trough time: old spinsters, colonels and clergymen, they all carry past glory as some kind of burden. When the plot really unfolds, try not to miss the hidden clues, because the conclusion is surprisingly 'fair'. If you succeed in ignoring the numerous red herrings, you must be able to solve at least part of the mystery. This is certainly one of the Miss Marple mysteries worth remembering.

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