An old-fashioned London Hotel is not quite as reputable as it makes out! When Miss Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she’s looking for at Bertram’s Hotel: traditional decor, impeccable service and an unmistakable atmosphere of danger behind the highly polished veneer. Yet, not even Miss Marple can foresee the violent chain of events set in motion when an eccentric guest makes his way to the airport on the wrong day!
I haven’t read a Miss Marple mystery in ages because I prefer the Hercule Poirot mysteries – I find them more interesting. Anyway, I picked up this book hoping to change my mind about Miss Marple as a detective – it did not. The story is quiet complex with a cast of quirky characters – from the absent-minded Cannon Pennyfarther to the volatile Lady Sedgwick to the bovine Chief Inspector Davy (also lovingly called Father) – and a plot that, I admit, kept me guessing for a bit. However, the pace of the story was quite slow and Miss Marple had little to do in the story until the end. While I did enjoy this Agatha Christie mystery, it hasn’t changed my opinion of Miss Marple. I think I will stick to the Hercule Poirot mysteries.