A to Z Challenge 2021 — B is for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

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.

10 thoughts on “A to Z Challenge 2021 — B is for At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie

  1. I watched both excellent versions of Bertram’s (one by PBS and the other by Britbox I think) and fell in love with the story all over again. One of the two featured the villain as a very ugly American (with all the bad habits we’re supposed to exhibit when traveling) and I did not like the stereotype, but the story? Excellent. Agatha really outdid herself on it. I always wished to stay in such a hotel too, except I suspect if they ever existed outside of fiction, they don’t now. Sad really. That cream tea idea really appeals!

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