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At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple #11)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  11,612 ratings  ·  437 reviews
When Jane Marple comes up from the country for a holiday in London, she finds what she's looking for at Bertram's: a restored London hotel with 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 w ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published 1965)
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Hannah
I think I liked the idea of this book more than I actually enjoyed it. The feeling that there is something dark and thoroughly sinister behind the pleasant perfection of Bertram's Hotel and its highly trained staff maintained a heightened sense of suspense and kept the reader itching to find out what happened next.

Unfortunately, you'll reach a point when you find out the mystery is not as interesting or anywhere near as sinister as you thought it might be. (view spoiler)
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Madeline
I'm always grateful when I find a Miss Marple book where the title sleuth gets to actually be present for about half the story - this one, in fact, featured Miss Marple more than any of her other mysteries I've read. She still disappears for lengthy amounts of time, but this time it actually feels purposeful. Miss Marple doesn't appear at certain points because the other characters are busy doing important things, things that Miss Marple can't be present for because then the mystery would be ove ...more
Miss Leacock
I feel bad for not liking this book, so to make myself feel better, I'm going to brainstorm the reasons why.
1) I don't think I've ever read a proper mystery before, much less an Agatha Christie mystery, so I feel I was a bit lacking in my prior knowledge of the author's style.
2) Maybe I should have read this book in one sitting, because I didn't really follow it too well. Maybe I forgot important overheard conversations, etc., but the main reason I didn't enjoy the book is because I pretty much
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Dahl
Hay gente que critíca las novelas de Agatha Christie y eso es algo que siempre me sorprende. Algunos dicen que las tramas son repetitivas, otros que el final es previsible. Hay quién simplemente cree que sus novelas están pasadas de moda.

Luego estamos nosotros, los que creemos que estas novelas jamás pasaran de moda. Los que empezamos a leer a Poirot o Marple con 15 ó 19 ó 23 años y poquito a poco, novela tras novela, nos hemos ido enamorando. Forman parte de nuestra historia porque un día leímo
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Gina
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D.G.
**2.5 stars**

This is probably one of the worst books by Agatha Christie I have read. The mystery was boring and the murder came too late. And it was so obvious who the murderer was! Worst, there wasn't conclusive proof that could put the villain in jail, only a policeman's vow that he would find a way.

I didn't rate it worse because I loved this quote - which I found terrible but truthful:

I learned (what I suppose I really knew already) that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to
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Caitlin
At a young age, I fell in love with the elderly sleuth, Miss Marple. I first discovered her through the miniseries that aired on PBS in the early 2000s. It starred Geraldine McEwan as Jane Marple and featured an array of superb British actors. Not until I was in my twenties did I start to read the actual books on which the miniseries was based. Now that I’ve devoured several Miss Marple mysteries, I have a new appreciation for Agatha Christie and her ability to write books that are both deliciou ...more
Luffy Monkey D.
I enjoyed this particular story very much. Not the most imaginative beginning to a review but that's the first thing I wanted to say! Gone here, are the orderly presentations of suspects. Mrs Agatha Christie here departs from her usual structure-although the style is as sterling as ever- and I can't for the life of me imagine who was she copying with such a fearless endeavor.

While reading the bits where Miss Marple appears, I was regretting that she doesn't exist-she is a relic as much as the Ho
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Laurel Young
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Duncan
In the Joan Acocella article I referenced several months ago, Joan writes that Agatha did not exactly finish strong, with her best work written at the beginning and during the middle of her career. I agree, and am forced to suggest that "At Bertram's Hotel" is a minor work at best. Or perhaps I should suggest instead that it is an "interesting" work. It does not quicken one's pulse, and one isn't compelled to turn the page -- I found myself putting it down far more often than, say, "Pocket Full ...more
Gerry
Agatha Christie captures the ambience of the post-war Bertram's Hotel wonderfully well in the first chapter of 'At Bertram's Hotel' and she maintains the feel throughout this absorbing novel.

There is an interesting array of characters staying at Bertram's, including, of course, Miss Marple, and she assesses her fellows as the story builds, gradually, skilfully and grippingly.

By the time murder is committed late in the book, one wonders what exactly is going on at the emminently respectable Bertr
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Τζο
Miss Marple makes a guest apperance in this one, which is why i gave it a 2.5 star review. The story wasnt as interesting as i wanted it.Nothing actually happened, as in other books, to keep me interested but i did finish it because Christie's excellent writing skill never stops to amaze me.
First Second Books
This is one of my favorite Agatha Christie books – I think for no other reason than that I want to stay at this hotel! Well – I also do think that the mother/daughter relationship is really interestingly done, and who doesn’t love a good noble sacrifice?

But still: the descriptions of muffins are what stays with you.
Ilinca
When you're running a fever, few things are as enjoyable as Agatha Christie's best and a cup of hot cocoa.
At Bertram's Hotel is perhaps better written and less Christie-like than most of her novels. There is no actual murder until practically the end of the book, but there's a running thread of mystery. Plus, much like Bertram's, it's the atmosphere that drives it. Bertram's is suspiciously wonderful. Muffins, butter running down your chin; the best Ceylon tea; seed cake like they don't make any
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Veronika
A great detective story full of excitement, passion, love and hattred. Interesting story line with amuzing characters, great climax and ending. Agatha Christie´s awesome work!! :)
Laura
From BBC Radio 4 Extra:
Miss Marple takes a holiday in London, but a violent chain of events at the hotel she stays at brings out her investigation expertise.
Alaine
It seems Miss Marple has become a secondary character. I wish we had more time with her thoughts than with Inspector Davy.
Lobstergirl
Jul 02, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Petro Poroshenko

This book did make me hungry for hearty English breakfasts, the kind they serve at Bertram's Hotel.

It's one of Christie's later novels; the Beatles get a mention, so we know it's the early sixties. Yet the old world lingers: girls under 21 are frowned on if they go out without chaperones, and women who have more than just a handful of lovers during their whole lives are "nymphomaniacs." Christie had issues. Miss Marple mostly just sits on her ass in this one, informing a detective that a young g
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Maia Chance
I've made a pleasurable little project of reading all the Miss Marple mysteries in order, and At Bertram's Hotel is no less diverting and pleasurable than the others. However, Miss Marple has an unusually diminished role in this novel. I mean, Miss Marple is never the head sleuth, but she usually provides the pivotal insights onto flawed human nature that enable the Scotland Yard types to make an arrest. But in Bertram's Hotel, Miss Marple is nostalgic about her girlhood and seems particularly f ...more
CJ
People of all kinds come to the fancy Bertram Hotel. This lavish place in London cares for all walks of life: foreigners, rich ones wishing to dine on old-fashioned delicacies, and more not unlike them. The problem that has arisen is that the C. I. D. are countering crime that has run rampant in the area. Chief Inspector Fred "Father" Davy assisted by guest Miss Marple will try to solve two figures of mystery: a disappearance and a murder that might blow something wide open that has been going o ...more
Bookworm1858
At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
Black Dog & Leventhal, 1965
270 pages
Miss Marple Mystery
4/5 stars

Source: Bought

Summary: Bertram's Hotel seems like a nice old-fashioned hotel, hearkening back to Edwardian England. But something is off with a canon going missing, wild celebrities hanging around, and finally a shocking murder and a near miss. Luckily Miss Marple is there to aid the police in their investigation.

Thoughts: At first I wasn't sure what was going on as no crimes seemed to be hap
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An Odd1
Guests and furnishings retain an elite Edwardian atmosphere "dignified, unostentatious, and quietly expensive" p1 in 1955. But guest Miss Jane Marple overhears fast platinum beauty Lady Bess Sedgewick threaten to shoot doorman Irish decorated soldier Michael Gorman if he publicly remembers their wild past in Ballygowlan, and puzzles over more than usual number of mistaken identities in the lobby. Bess's daughter, flaxen heiress Elvira Blake hears the same blackmail attempt, and immediately sneak ...more
Bookworm007
Remind me again why I avoid Miss Marple books?

Agatha Christie is pretty much the best mystery writer during the Golden Age of mysteries, (if not the best in the world of that genre), and yet, all of the Miss Marple books I've read are all really boring, save for The Body in the Library.

Maybe it's because I usually like books with male protagonists, (although, yes, Miss Marple is hardly ever in the books that much), that I just get really impatient by the things that little old ladies do. All th
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John Ginn
I don't know why, but when I thought of Agatha Christie I sort of had the idea that her books would be more like episodes of "Murder She Wrote" — formulaic pap; fodder for the masses. But a friend has an entire bookcase of her novels, so I finally borrowed one. Since the books were arranged alphabetically, this is the first one I read.
I was wrong. Christie is a much better writer than I expected. Her famous Miss Marple character, an elderly woman who solves crimes through her keen insight into h
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Ramon Sunico
I'm an Agatha Christie fan and have always thought The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (with Hercule Poirot) her best, or at least, her most craftily-written novel. Recently though, I came across this novel at a second-hand bookstore and, although I consider myself a Poirot partisan, this Miss Marple mystery has quickly threatened the standing of Mr Ackroyd on my shelf. From the delicious first chapter of the novel where she introduces the hotel itself with the care any other author would reserve for a ...more
Louise Armstrong
The crime plot is not one of her best, and the solution is rather fudged but what I love about this book is Bertram's Hotel, and how she uses it. The idea of a hotel that isn't what it seems.

...'A real chambermaid looking unreal, wearing a striped lavender print dress and actually a cap, a freshly laundered cap. A smiling, rosy, positively countrified face. (Where did they find these people?)

This question is answered about halfway through the book, and at then at the end it is answered again wit
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Martin Maher
I have always liked episodes of `Hercule Poirot`on the T.V. but never read any books by the great creator of poirot; Agatha Christie. And so I got this audiobook to see if her writing was as good as the T.V. episodes. Àt Bertrams Hotel`is a story that ciculates around Christie`s other great creation; Miss Marple. Miss Marple, although frequently showed on the box, was a programme that I had seen only a few times before. So I said that I would give a go to this story.

Although this is essentially
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Beatrix
It's been a while since I read anything by Agatha Christie, but I remember when I was a great Christie reader as a teenager, I always used to like her Poirot stories better than the ones with Miss Marple. I didn't originally know whether At Bertram's Hotel is a Poirot, a Miss Marple or a standalone story, but I liked the title (which is very often enough for me to get a craving for a book), so I read it, even when I realized that this is a Miss Marple mystery. And actually – I really liked it. B ...more
Philip
First read in 1975.

A very nostalgic book, as Jane Marple returns to Bertram's Hotel in London, where she once stayed as a young girl - despite two World Wars, Bertram's Edwardian elegance seems completely unchanged and, as Miss Marple reflects, almost too good to be true . . .

Christie is still in good form in this 1965 novel, successfully juggling two plots, and does a great job in the opening chapter of setting up the mis-en-scene of Bertram's Hotel in all its splendor and efficiency. I rememb
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Agatha Christie also wrote romance novels under the pseudonym Mary Westmacott, and was occasionally published under the name Agatha Christie Mallowan.

Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller was born in Torquay, Devon, England, U.K., as the youngest of three. The Millers had two other children: Margaret Frary Miller (1879–1950), called Madge, who was eleven years Agatha's senior, and Louis Montant Miller (1880
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  • The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)
  • The Body in the Library (Miss Marple, #3)
  • The Moving Finger (Miss Marple, #4)
  • A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)
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  • A Pocket Full of Rye (Miss Marple, #7)
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