Miss Marple has been offered a trip to the seashore by her niece, the famous artist Joan West, but Miss Marple decides she would much rather go to London and stay at the hotel where she stayed as a child in Agatha Christie’s At Bertram’s Hotel. There she is thrilled to discover that the hotel has not changed at all since she was a little girl. Or at least that is what she thinks at first. But time makes her begin to notice little things that just don’t add up.
This off-beat book is hard to summarize without giving away any spoilers. So it’s tricky to write a good review. The book changes points of view several times, from Miss Marple to the police inspector to the absent-minded Canon Pennyfather and to the infamous Bess Sedgewick and her more devious but vanilla daughter. The book is curiously enjoyable despite its not following a typical linear story.
Stephanie Cole performs the audio edition of this book. With a clear performance, Cole brings the book to life and uses strong voices for each of the many characters.
At Bertram’s Hotel was the second Miss Marple book and third Agatha Christie book I ever read, not the best introduction to the works of Christie. But once you get a stronger sense of Christie’s writing, you may be intrigued by the off-beat sense of this book to appreciate the Queen of Crime’s depths. I give the book four stars.
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