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“Lots of people have underestimated Miss Marple, and they’re always wrong.” (J. A. Jance, New York Times bestselling author)

“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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An old-fashioned London hotel is not quite asreputable as it makes out to be.…

When Miss Marple comes up from the country fora holiday in London, she finds what she’s looking forat Bertram’s Hotel: traditional decor, impeccableservice, and an unmistakable atmosphere of dangerbehind the highly polished veneer. Yet, not evenMiss Marple can foresee the violent chain of eventsset in motion when an eccentric guest makes hisway to the airport on the wrong day.…

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Product Details

  • Series: Miss Marple Mysteries (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062073699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062073693
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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99 of 103 people found the following review helpful By Carver Green on March 24, 2008
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This is not the book that Agatha Christie wrote. There are major differences in punctuation, word choices, and scene breaks between the original Collins and Dodd Mead editions of this novel. There are further differences between the Dodd Mead editions republished by Random House/Avenel and the Dodd Mead editions republished by Simon & Shuster/Pocket. What "improvements" have been made for the Signet edition? For every publishing house putting out her works, there seem to be a new batch of editors altering Agatha Christie's words and the sound of her voice. What's the matter with these publishers? Whose voice do they think we want to hear when we sit down to a novel by Agatha Christie? And what will she sound like twenty years from now? It's frightening that her estate has failed to see the importance of guarding her words as she wrote them. Please tell me I'm not the only one here who senses that a crime has been committed.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2000
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Miss Marple goes on vacation to stay at Bertram's Hotel. If you were thinking she was going to have some kind of adventure like she did in _A Caribbean Mystery_ or _Nemesis_ while she was on vacation, think again. If you enjoy Miss Marple because she comes up with these wacky village parallels, you are going to be disappointed. There aren't many here. A large part of the detecting is done my Chief Inspector Davy. Miss Marple is merely a side character in this one -- she really isn't super involved except when Davy talks to her during his investigations. She is more a "witness" than a sleuth.
Granted, by this point she is rather old, so at least Christie keeps her doing things within her capabilities!
The description of the hotel are great, and the premise of the plot had some nice possibilities but I don't think this was as well mapped out as some of the other Agatha Christie mysteries. If you are a long time reader, you are going to guess whodunit fairly quickly.
Overall, it's ok, but not one of the best. The Miss Marple short stories (ex: Thirteen Problems) are better.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on August 22, 2007
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Stepping into Bertram's Hotel is like stepping into England of the past, right down to the maids and servers who work there. Everone fits ths part pefectly. All the right people stay there, a mix of nobility, clergy and fine old dames, and people seek out the hotel to have just that experience - a step back in time. Miss Marple has decided to take her vacation at Bertram's Hotel, a place she stayed at when she was a young girl. To her great pleasure and surprise, she sees that everything at Bertram's is just as she remembered it, well, not quite, for everything is not quite what it seems to be at Bertram's Hotel.

The plot revolves around a cast of characters staying at the hotel, and then mixes in Scotland Yard who are trying to solve a string of bank and train heists. When Chief-Inspector Davy makes a connection between some eye-witness accounts and Bertram's Hotel, he decides to check the place out. Initially, he is just as struck as Miss Marple at the atmosphere of the hotel, but he definitely smells a rat, and knows somehow that Bertram's is involved with the case the Yard is trying to solve. What follows is a masterfully woven mystery about an absent-minded clergyman who has 'disappeared' and a young heiress intent upon knowing how much money she will inherit (or who will inherit it if she dies). The matter becomes all the more pertinent when a hotel worker is killed, leaving Davy with no doubt that Bertram's is a facade.

"At Bertram's Hotel" is as fast-paced as all of Christie's works are: the reader never wants to put the book down because you need to know what happens next. Miss Marple's methods of deduction fit in perfectly with the mood of this novel, and she winds up giving the Chief-Inspector a hand in solving the case, naturally, although the inspector is just as sharp-eyed as Miss Marple. The conclusion is both rushed and unhurried, and the story is left with a delightful air of uncertainty at the very end.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nik on May 22, 2005
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This book was an uncharacteristic A.C. in that it contained many sub plots, sub plots that distracted and confused me at times(Although I knew that all of these plots somehow shared a common denominator of the main plot).

What I found to be particularly peculiar was that there wasn't a single murder until over a third of the book was read!

Also, the ending, having the signature twist, was a bit predictable. I, of course, wouldn't have figured it out to the very last detail, but it wasn't by a far stretch of the imagination, either. That's a first for me w/ an A.C. book.

The chief inspector came to the solution, but I was still left scatching my head as to HOW he figured it out. It wasn't thorough enough of an explanation for me.

Overall, this wasn't the best A.C. featuring Miss Marple. As one reviewer pointed out, Miss Marple was instrumental in the investigation, but she wasn't the anchor in solving the crime, although the chief inspector leaned on her at times for help.

I would strongly discourage you, a would be 1st time A.C. reader, in picking up this book. Read some of the other classics of A.C. before reading this. Ones w/ one-dimensional and faster plots,confined settings(And Then There Were None is an excellent start). You'll quickly become a fan and will be able to still appreciate a declining A.C. book like ABH if you do.
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