At Bertram's Hotel: A Miss Marple Mystery

At Bertram's Hotel: A Miss Marple Mystery

by Agatha Christie

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Overview

At Bertram’s Hotel the intrepid Miss Marple, on holiday in London, must solve a deadly mystery at the end of a chain of very violent events.

An old-fashioned London hotel is not quite as reputable as it makes out to be.…

When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she’s looking for at Bertram’s Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service, and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly-polished veneer.

Yet, not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062073693
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/12/2011
Series: Miss Marple Mysteries Series , #11
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 91,911
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages. She died in 1976, after a prolific career spanning six decades.

Date of Birth:

September 15, 1890

Date of Death:

January 12, 1976

Place of Birth:

Torquay, Devon, England

Education:

Home schooling

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At Bertram's Hotel: A Miss Marple Mystery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This excellent book is not so much of a "Who du nit?", but more like "Who didn't do it?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love agatha christie stories . Have read all she had written then read them again and again. My paperback books of hers are falling apart. Classic, murder mysteries.....Love em
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this little mystery very much. Agatha Christie is tops!
esilke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Christie's work, but I really can't recommend this. It's almost incorrect to call this a Marple mystery, since she features in it so little, and is hardly involved in the solving of the mystery at all, a solution in which I found myself completely uninterested. Dull.
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At Bertram's Hotel is an interesting story but lacks in the mystery department. I can see why it isn't overly popular compared to others. It's actually more of a tale about the hotel than an actual murder mystery.
dougwood57 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bertram¿s Hotel is located in London¿s fashionable West End; Mayfair to be precise. A stay at Bertram¿s is like a visit to the past; Late Victorian England to be precise. Miss Marple arrives for a two-week visit and indulges (to a surprising degree) in nostalgic trips around London to the places of her girlhood (many of which are no longer extant). Bertram¿s is pricey, clearly beyond Marple¿s meager pocketbook, but her niece picks up the tab. When her niece initially suggests a stay at Bournemouth (an old resort town on the south coast), Marple characteristically rejects that sleepy destination and states her preference for a trip to the capital instead.Anyway, something isn¿t quite right about Bertram¿s. It¿s too good to be true in its defiance of the march of time and progress. Of course, while Marple is thinking that something is fishy, the reader gets to indulge in Christie¿s descriptions of a bygone time and place. And Christie populates her tale with charming stock characters, such as the forgetful cleric and the out-of-touch uncle. Marple is right about Bertram¿s, of course, and in the end we find out what is really behind the place. Christie acknowledges that time marches on, while simultaneously juxtaposing the old values with the new much to the detriment of the new. The yearning for the past is no surprise and certainly no impediment to enjoying the story. The biggest problem I have with this story is the insufficient amounts of Marple. She resides in the periphery of the story until about the last fifth of the book when she helps the old chief inspector (known as `Father¿) solve the crime. Jane and Father don¿t like all the changes in society, but are flinty-eyed realists. Not bad, but not first rate Christie.
RaiAren on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All is not as it seems¿Agatha Christie mysteries always provide an intriguing cast of characters that are so lively, you can picture them sitting across the table from you. The sense of place is another wonderful feature of these novels, and nowhere is that more pronounced and remarkable than in this book ¿ At Bertram¿s Hotel.I found this to be a different kind of mystery with some interesting characteristics. The book certainly held my interest, but surprisingly not because of the plot, which I find okay. For me, this was a slower, more disjointed, and meandering plot and mystery. There are a number of places where I thought the story could have been tightened up and better focused, but it is a charming one still. What really struck me and has stayed with me is the sense of place. Bertram¿s Hotel is an enigma ¿ a place out of time. As the world has sped up and sped by, it is an oasis of old-fashioned traditions and values. It is remarkably unchanged and has become a popular spot for those people, now elderly, who knew it from years gone by, as well as tourists seeking a taste of authentic and original London. However, as we all know, time touches on everything. Bertram¿s Hotel may seem unchanged on the surface, but as you peel away the layers, and peer behind the veil as it were, all is not as it once was. To remain a place suspended out of time, other things must change, and change they have. There is the core of the mystery of this book.Only through the keen observation of Miss Marple, her notice of the minutest of details, do we get to uncover what is really going At Bertam¿s Hotel. There are very sinister goings-on, but there is also a larger social and societal shift underway, one that left me with a distinct melancholy for what is sometimes lost to time, and a sadness that we cannot stop it from happening. A thought-provoking and worthy read.Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
NellieMc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Classic Ms. Marple -- what's not to love?
buildingabookshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Miss Marple - probably because she is hardly in the book. It seems like Agatha Christie had a great idea for a murder mystery and added Miss Marple as an afterthought.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun to go back in time while reading a good murder mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Classic Agatha
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable but for me, not one of Christie's best. It didn't have the same fast pace as other Miss Marple mysteries. The plot was OK but it just didn't seem to hold my interest the way other Christie books have. The story seemed a bit disjointed at times with too many little sub-plots going on. The ending also seemed abrupt. I found myself looking for the next page to see what would happened to the killer but it just wasn't there. Overall, still worth reading if you like Miss Marple.
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pugsnhugs More than 1 year ago
Agatha Christie has always been one of my favorite authors, great read.
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One of the best away from from home miss marples despite her age she gets better and better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been an Agatha Christie fan since I was in Middle school! Miss Marple is my most favorite character too! The book is true to Agatha Christie's form! Keeps you guessing until the end!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of Agatha Christe. Unfortanately, I really didnt like this book. If you want a good Christe read, this is not the book for you.
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good
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It was cool but dark screen
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