In post war London the atmosphere of Bertram’s Hotel attracts impoverished genteel upper class ladies and gentlemen who can no longer afford these luxuries at home. They are equally attractive to rich and flashy young people who enjoy being coddled here. Anglophile American tourists get their money’s worth of the English experience at Bertram’s.
While this period glitz and decorous glamour continues at Bertram’s, a crime wave is operating across England. A train robbery, a jewel heist, art theft; all these are somehow connected to Bertram’s as guests are seen in the vicinity of the crimes. During her stay, Miss Marple manages to overhear and observe little factual inaccuracies. With her seemingly innocuous questions and her recollection of village parallels, she unravels a mystery that has baffled the “experts” for some time.
If you want some holiday reading material, or want to give your nerves a much needed rest after some particularly grueling project, this is definitely the book for you.