At Bertram's Hotel - Miss Marple, Bk 13 Author:Agatha Christie Sentimentality draws Miss Jane Marple to Bertram's Hotel, the bastion of Edwardian England tucked quietly away in a small back street of bustling Mayfair. Here is a place where dowager duchesses, retired clergymen, generals and impressionable Americans can indulge in all the comforts of a forgotten era. — It would seem the perfect place for Miss ... more »Marple, but she feels uneasy...something sinister lurks beneath the well-polished veneer. Everything runs with the precision of a well-managed play - too perfect...« less
This is billed as a Miss Marple mystery, however, she is little more than an eavesdropping snoop in this one. Yes, she does pick up some essential information, but Chief Detective Davy of Scotland Yard solves the two cases (a syndicated crime operation, and a murder). While the book held my interest, Davys sniffing out the hotel as central to the crime wave is a tad far fetched. As with most of her books, this one can be read easily in an evening.