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Agatha Christie
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1 July 2008 Miss Marple

An old-fashioned London Hotel is not quite as reputable as it makes out…

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…


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Masterpiece edition edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007121032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007121038
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Torquay in 1890, Agatha Christie began writing during the First World War and wrote over 100 novels, plays and short story collections. She was still writing to great acclaim until her death, and her books have now sold over a billion copies in English and another billion in over 100 foreign languages. Yet Agatha Christie was always a very private person, and though Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple became household names, the Queen of Crime was a complete enigma to all but her closest friends.

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‘One of the author’s very best productions, with splendid pace, bright lines.’ Saturday Review of Literature

‘A joy to read from beginning to end, especially in its acute sensitivity to the contrasts between this era and that of Miss Marple’s youth.’ New York Times

‘Miss Christie’s pearly talent for dealing with all the words and pomps that go with murder English-style shimmers steadily in this tale of the noisy woe that shatters the extremely expensive peace of Bertram’s famously old-fashioned hotel.’ New Yorker

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One of the guests is the oft-married Lady Bess Sedgwick, who seems to be very friendly with racing driver Ladislaus Malinowski. Bess’s estranged daughter Elvira is also staying at Bertram’s and it seems that she too knows Ladislaus rather well. Where does the rather vague Canon Pennyfather fit in with these glamorous people and why was he abducted? With her customary wisdom; Jane Marple pulls together the strands of this strange puzzle. ‘Read by the best in the business and the result is thoroughly satisfying’ Spectator --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fans of Miss Marple may be disappointed. 13 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a page turner, but Miss Marple's contributions to the solution of the mystery seem to be incidental. As with Christie's later books (the 60s +) I wasn't all that surprised by its resolution. For Miss Marple at her best, try "The Body In The Library" or "Murder At The Vicarage".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I highly recommend this book to Agatha Christie fans of Miss Marple stories. It has a particular charm involving an elegant old-style hotel and its seem-to-be prominent guests. It has been a re-read for me for years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miss Marple in London 13 July 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Miss Marple is staying at Bertram's Hotel. This is a quiet place very much in the Edwardian mould with good English food and guests who seem to have strayed from the same era. Miss Marple has fond memories of staying at the hotel as a child and is at first pleased to see that it hasn't changed. She meets old acquaintances and takes some gentle trips around the capital and does some shopping. Then she starts to wonder whether Bertram's is actually quite what it appears to be.

Meanwhile Scotland Yard is wondering whether there is a connection between the hotel and some major crimes which have happened recently. When Canon Pennyfeather disappears from the hotel apparently without trace Scotland Yard and Miss Marple join forces. I really enjoyed this intriguing story with its many sub plots which at first seem totally unconnected. Miss Marple is at her inquisitive best - eavesdropping on conversations because she is frequently overlooked when sitting quietly in a corner; and observing the details that other people ignore.

If you like your crime novels set in a gentler, less violent age then you cannot beat Agatha Christie. Her plots are excellent and her characters always interesting and her stories stand the test of time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Ross Maynard VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not your usual Christie "who dunnit" and that makes a nice change. After a slow start, the book evolves into an enjoyable tale about a mysterious and highly successful gang of thieves, and it features a hugely likeable central character in Chief Inspector Davey (Miss Marple is a fairly minor character for most of the book). The book relies on some outrageous coincidences which gets a little annoying, but the writing style is enjoyable and comforting. Sadly I found the end very disappointing: the band of criminals plot just fizzles out, and we finish with a bizarre and unnecessary confession from the "master criminal" when it seems there is no concrete evidence at all.

But it is entertainingly lightway and very readable in a relaxing Sunday afternoon sort of way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up! 9 Jun 1996
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is an Agatha Christie's classic. You just get involved in the story and you cannot put it down. As usual, the end is unexpected. It is a great book for those who like mistery.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Superior Atmosphere but Transparent Plot 15 Nov 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the midst of a crime wave involving a host of startling robberies, elderly Jane Marple takes a vacation at London's Bertram's Hotel--a hotel that specializes in recreating the luxuries of the bygone Edwardian age, complete with high tea, cozy armchairs by the fire, and world-class service. But when a young heiress staying at the hotel becomes involved with an undesirable man and the absent-minded Canon Pennyfeather mysteriously disappears from his rooms, Miss Marple quickly realizes that the hotel's famous service may include more than meets the eye.
Although Christie's novel successfully evokes the delicious pleasures of the hotel, the plot of AT BERTRAM'S HOTEL hinges on a series of unlikely coincidences and becomes increasingly transparent as the novel progresses. The mastermind behind the current crime wave is extremely obvious--and when the murder at last arrives, quite late in the novel, the killer is more obvious still. This is not one of the writer's better novels, and newcomers to Agatha Christie's works will likely be disappointed; recommended to hardcore fans only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great novel from Agatha Christie's later years! 16 July 2011
Format:Paperback
I was expecting At Bertram's Hotel to be a little tedious like Nemesis but I was completely wrong. Although the murder doesn't happen until 3/4 of the way into the book there are 4 different mysteries going on at the same time which seem to be unrelated but in a fantastic finale we realise they are all connected. As always the murderer was totally unexpected. The book is set in an old-fashioned, expensive hotel in London so the setting is a nice change from the usual countryside. The characters are well-developed and the plot is great. The structure of the story is different to the usual Agatha Christie mystery which makes it more interesting. Although this is one of her longer books I found it so exciting that I read it in two days! I would say this is my third favourite Miss Marple book after They Do It With Mirrors and A Murder is Announced. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars All is not as it seems... 25 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
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
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
This is a later Christie novel, published in 1965. By this time, Christie was an old lady, her attitudes and tastes dated. An ideal time to write a Miss Marple novel! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aletheuon
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
This is a classic murder mystery from Agatha Christie with many twists.
It is probably not the end you imagine.
Published 3 months ago by Karina Derrico
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner
Agatha never disappoints.Another five star mystery. Recommended to all Kindle readers and all lovers of whodunit. Miss Marple at her best.
Published 4 months ago by gary c atkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
Good Ms Marple story, straight forward Agatha Christie fiction novel, good for commuting or for an evening reading. I reccomend it
Published 6 months ago by Paloma Diaz Ortiz
5.0 out of 5 stars At Bertram's Hotel
Excellent story. Well written as usual by Agatha Christie. I look forward to reading more of her books. Certainly there are plenty to choose from.
Published 8 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it
A really good read and an unexpected ending; Miss Marple at her best with lots of other interesting characters and a fabulous setting.
Published 8 months ago by Valerie Beckett
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want an engaging read, absorbing story, ...
If you want an engaging read, absorbing story, with little thinking required, then this is for you. Very enjoyable, Miss Marple on top form!
Published 9 months ago by Louise Toney
4.0 out of 5 stars At Bertrand hotel
Nice to read and give the characters my ideas as to how they might look and sound.easy reading on my holiday
Published 10 months ago by Alison Shields
4.0 out of 5 stars Behind the Facade
Miss Marple is on a journey to her past. She has come back to Bertram's Hotel where as a girl she can recall a splendid time being had. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jo D'Arcy
4.0 out of 5 stars A good plot
A few twists and turns along the way and an ending that I didn't see coming. Miss Marple didn't' play as much of a part as she does in most of these books though, which was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sarah
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