Day 227: At Bertram’s Hotel

Cover for At Bertram's HotelMiss Marple’s nieces and nephews don’t have much luck sending her off for a rest. At her niece’s expense, she is spending a week at Bertram’s Hotel, a place she remembers from her childhood. Although at first the hotel seems exactly the same as it was when she was young, Edwardian in appearance and yet offering every comfort despite the intercession of the war, Miss Marple can’t help feeling something isn’t right.

Another guest at the hotel is the dashing Bess Sedgwick, who has lived a life of excitement and glamor. By coincidence, her daughter Elvira, whom she deserted at the age of two, also is staying there. Soon Miss Marple has spotted them meeting separately with the notorious race car driver Ladislaus Malinkowski.

Befuddled Canon Pennyfeather goes to the airport to fly to his conference in Switzerland on the wrong day. Returning unexpectedly to his room at Bertram’s, he opens the door to find–something–but is knocked out and disappears.

In the meantime Chief Inspector Davy is investigating a huge crime network responsible for a series of robberies. In two of the incidents a witness claimed to see a reputable citizen who was actually somewhere far away from the crime at the time, but both of these men were staying at Bertram’s Hotel.

And soon there is a murder to solve. As with much of Agatha Christie’s work, the plot is overcomplicated and somewhat silly. Still, At Bertram’s Hotel is a lot of fun.

4 thoughts on “Day 227: At Bertram’s Hotel

  1. December 20, 2012 / 9:10 pm

    Based on Brown’s I believe – so fans should plan a visit to Brown’s for tea!

    • whatmeread December 21, 2012 / 7:33 am

      Really? I didn’t know that! Good idea!

  2. Ruthiella April 23, 2019 / 1:51 pm

    I have to assume that there have been other vacations provided by the Wests where nothing happened and Miss Marple had a refreshing, if dull visit. 😀

    I read this one for the 1965 club too, though I have yet to post on it.

    • whatmeread April 23, 2019 / 2:03 pm

      Yes, whenever Miss Marple goes on vacation, someone dies! Never go on vacation with Miss Marple (or visit Midsommer)!

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