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Hotel Bertram is deftig, rustig, onopvallend en erg duur - een stukje Londen dat de laatste zestig jaar niets veranderd lijkt te zijn. De meeste hotelgasten zijn daar alleen maar blij om, maar mis Marple, die een weekje in het hotel logeert, vindt het een beetje verdacht. En natuurlijk blijkt ze gelijk te hebben. In het deftige, ouderwetse hotel gebeuren raadselachtige dinHotel Bertram is deftig, rustig, onopvallend en erg duur - een stukje Londen dat de laatste zestig jaar niets veranderd lijkt te zijn. De meeste hotelgasten zijn daar alleen maar blij om, maar mis Marple, die een weekje in het hotel logeert, vindt het een beetje verdacht. En natuurlijk blijkt ze gelijk te hebben. In het deftige, ouderwetse hotel gebeuren raadselachtige dingen, en sommigen van de gasten zijn heel wat minder keurig dan ze lijken....

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in hotel bertram Reviews

  • Issa Deerbany
    2019-02-10 08:00

    لم ارى دورا كبيرا الانسة ماربل بقدر الدور لمفتش الشرطة الذي اكتشف كل شيء وهو من جمع الخيوط والاحداث لفك شيفرة الأحداث الغريبة التي نحدث في الفندق، رغم المظهر والخدمات الرائعة التي يقدمها الفندق لزبائنه والتي كانت تمثيلا .ليست بمستوى الروايات السابقة لاجاثا

  • Raghad
    2019-02-19 09:55

    حينما جاءت الآنسة ماربل إلى لندن لقضاء إجازة خاصة وجدت في فندق بيرترام كل ما تريد: الجو التقليدي والخدمة الراقية وذكريات الأيام القديمة.لكن حاستها التي لا تخطئ تستشعر جواً من الخطر وراء المظاهر الخارجية البرّاقة للأشياء من حولها!بالفعل , لم تخطئ الآنسة ماربل في حدسها في فندق بيرترام أحدى القضايا التي تكون بسبب جنون إمرأة !!وهي إحدى القضايا التي تتورط بها شابة طائشة بسبب الحب!

  • Susan
    2019-02-15 14:16

    Miss Marple has the best nephew in the world – Raymond West – who is constantly thinking up little treats for his Aunt Jane. In this novel though, it is his wife, Joan, who suggests that she needs a little trip and Miss Marple says she would like to go to Bertram’s Hotel. She stayed there as a girl and is somewhat surprised at how little it has changed. Bertram’s is a haven for the well to do in London; visited by retired army officers, clergymen, the aristocracy and wealthy Americans. Muffins are served for tea, the fires are always raging and elderly ladies find the chairs easy to rise from. It seems too good to be true and soon Miss Marple is re-visiting old haunts and hunting down her favourite linen and china. Not for her the delights of the theatre, galleries or museums, we learn that she loves shopping – a weakness that makes me somehow like her even more…Of course, no visit for Miss Marple can ever be uneventful. This novel includes a missing clergyman, a notorious racing driver, a wealthy, somewhat notorious beauty, her daughter and a spate of audacious robberies in London. I enjoyed the investigation by Chief-Inspector Davy (known to all as ‘Father’) and the wonderfully vague, and forgetful, Canon Pennyfather. I also enjoyed the setting of Bertram’s itself, so evocative of a certain type of hotel in London, where tourists can make believe they are comfortably ensconced in the past. A very enjoyable mystery indeed.

  • BrokenTune
    2019-01-26 14:48

    “I learned (what I suppose I really knew already) that one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back—that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a One Way Street, isn’t it?” I put a spoiler warning on this post not so much because I will discuss the details of the plot but because I will discuss some of the characters in a way that will give away much of the conclusion. If you are planning to read the book, don't read any further. You have been warned. (view spoiler)[At Bertram's Hotel is one of Dame Agatha's less outrageous novels starring Miss Marple. There is not a lot of action in this story but there is a lot of interaction between the characters which eventually leads to the highlight of the plot. So, in a way this book starts at the end and works towards the crime. It certainly would not be a Marple story if there was no crime.As mentioned, I will not go into the details of the plot and contain my observation to the following:1. This was one of the best Marple stories I have read. The characters were detailed and life-like and Marple did not interfere too much with the goings on at Bertram's. The structure of the book was great in that it was a mystery, but not the usual who-dunnit. I.e. Christie delivered a story that was built on the mere suggestion that something was wrong, but the actual crime was a result of the interaction of the characters, whereas usually the crime precedes this.2. I really don't like Miss Marple. Really. Can't stand her.3. I'm still perplexed as to how Christie's books get away with some of the most patronising, misogynist, xenophobic, judgmental attitudes without getting much more flak for it. So, here's my main problem: The characters are mostly stereotypical. This would be fine as I'm used to Dame Agatha's casting by now, but then you get the division between the British characters, the Americans, the Irish, and the rest of the world.The British ones are all straight-laced, except for one or two, but even these are described and treated respectfully.The American ones are described as curiosities and are slightly mocked for their being tourists in London and for being fascinated by the quaint English things around them.The Irish one, a decorated veteran, is a lovable rogue but also a blackmailer.And then there is the French-Polish-Italian racing driver, who is described as someone who looks like he is up to no good and undoubtedly will be trouble to all involved with him, even though there is little to evidence this. It is purely Miss Marple's impression that he is a most unsuitable young man.Despite the stereotyping, Bertram's Hotel is full of fabulous characters. One of my favourites - and probably one of my favourite Christie characters - is Bess Sedgwick."Bess Sedgwick was a name that everyone in England knew. For over thirty years now, Bess Sedgwick had been reported by the Press as doing this or that outrageous or extraordinary thing. For a good part of the war she had been a member of the French Resistance, and was said to have six notches on her gun representing dead Germans. She had flown solo across the Atlantic years ago, had ridden on horseback across Europe, and fetched up at Lake Van. She had driven racing cars, had once saved two children from a burning house, had several marriages to her credit and discredit and was said to be second-best dressed woman in Europe. It was also said that she had successfully smuggled herself aboard a nuclear submarine on its test voyage..."I rooted for Bess all the way through the book. So, reading the ending was a huge let down. Not only in the way the story ended but also in the way that Marple, or is it Christie, at one point described Bess a "nymphomaniac" even though she wrote to say that Marple would not call her that, but would call her a woman who "is too fond of men".And the Miss Marple's counter-part, who is just as sanctimonious as Marple, describes Bess as "wild" and destined for ruin because she will not submit to society.I was already raging at this point when Marple finished it off with this:“Yes,” said Miss Marple. “The children of Lucifer are often beautiful—And as we know, they flourish like the green bay tree.”Oh, get lost, Marple.The part that eludes me is that Dame Agatha seemed to be rather progressive for her time. There were a lot of turns in her autobiography that I would not have expected. The last thing I expected was for Christie to describe a woman as "wild" just because she was fond of racing cars, sports, and adventures, because if this truly was Christie's attitude, then she herself was beyond redemption. So, what I am taking forward to the next Christie book is that her characters may have standards and values that are consistent within the characters (and the social mores of the time) but are not necessarily consistent with the values of the author. I'm told that this is something that can happen.(hide spoiler)]

  • Hannah
    2019-01-27 11:10

    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)[There is nothing more disappointing to find out that the hints of a criminal organization might have been true to a certain extent, but the original goal of the crimes is revealed to be "just for fun." (hide spoiler)] That atmosphere of danger and "all is not as they seem" that Christie so successfully introduced deflates all at once.Even more disappointing is the fact that (view spoiler)[the real criminal is allowed to escape (although it is hinted that there will be further and hopefully successful attempts to bring them in) (hide spoiler)], and Miss Marple is only a secondary character, popping in occasionally to provide the thoroughly uninteresting detective with some advice.Still a decent read on the overall scale, however, which is why this received three stars and not lower. Perhaps my expectations were just too high.

  • mark monday
    2019-01-23 15:00

    Choose Your Own Adventure!You say you don’t like creative reviews. You say they distract from the passion, you say they aren’t real, you say they replace research with humor. You say they are a waste of time. Yet here you are, playing your little games.If you are ashamed of yourself because it feels so good, choose you think hypocrisy is just another word for nothing left to lose, choose

  • Cyndi
    2019-01-21 12:53

    Yet another nephew pays for Miss Marple to take a vacation wherever she wants. She choose an old hotel. I would have chosen Italy, but that's just me.Anyway, the hotel is full of interesting characters and a murderer. Miss Marple quickly locates the biggest gossips and gets to work.

  • Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
    2019-01-27 13:02

    Book 10 in the Miss Marple Challenge. At Bertram’s Hotel was rather different from the Marples I’ve read so far. It starts off quite the same though. Miss Marple is travelling again, but unlike in the previous book, she has only gone up to London this time, to stay for a fortnight at Bertram’s Hotel, a place she had stayed at as a fourteen-year-old and has fond memories of. At the hotel there are some familiar faces, Lady Selina Hayes (who she knows from the former’s brief stay at St Mary Mead) and Canon Pennyfather, a rather absent-minded old clergyman who can’t remember which day it is or where he’s supposed to be. Among the guests are also the daring Lady Sedgwick, who has a quite wild streak having survived airplane and car crashes, and her more sheltered daughter Elvira, who has her own share of secrets and “adventures”. To Miss Marple’s surprise, Bertram’s Hotel is almost completely unchanged―still preserving its Edwardian appearance, charm, food, and also service―and seems indeed to be prospering despite the changes in the world outside. Everything at the hotel proceeds smoothly, service is flawless, and guests comfortable and happy. Yet, things don’t seem quite right. Alongside the police are investigating a series of daring robberies, most recently aboard the Irish Mail, and a hint or two suggests a possible connection with the hotel. Still, nothing really happens, that is until Canon Pennyfather ends up muddling his dates again, and returns to his hotel when he wasn’t expected and simply disappears. This is a Marple tale in which nothing major really happens―even the murder (there is one of course, for it won’t be a proper Miss Marple without one) happens quite late in the tale―yet there are strange goings on all over the place, and as a reader, one can certainly feel Miss Marple’s unease and yet, neither we nor her can point our finger quite at it. But when things do start to happen, the excitement builds up a lot more. Chief Inspector Davy (in charge of the case in this one) is quite an able policeman (despite appearing to the contrary) and also recognises Miss Marple’s talents ending up relying on her help (not perhaps as much as Inspector Craddock or Sir Henry, though) and keen eyes (and ears) to tie things together.I found this an enjoyable read both for the mystery element, which though different from the usual, ended with quite a surprise (I had forgotten this despite having read the book before) as well as for the descriptions. I thought the whole idea of the hotel, its appearance, the Edwardian atmosphere and charm was very well done, as was the sense of unease which Miss Marple has which the reader begins to catch on to as well, after a few happenings. There were some elements though such as the financiers of the hotel, even some elements of the crime, though interesting certainly but which felt a tiny (but very tiny) bit “Nancy Drewish” (for want of better expression). But while once again, this wasn’t among my favourite Marple books, it was a very good read, and I was glad I’d forgotten the end which preserved the surprise element as well.

  • Madeline
    2019-02-07 10:59

    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 over. Unlike some other Marple stories, it never felt like Christie was deliberately keeping her sleuth out of the action. As an added bonus, the atmosphere of this mystery is genuinely creepy, because it all centers on a hotel that has stayed exactly the same for decades, and where everything appears to be absolutely perfect - so you know something in the milk ain't clean about that. The characters are fun as well, even though we've seen them in other stories: there's the blustery colonel, the gossipy older lady, the wild younger woman, and the funny clergyman. They have different names this time, but they're basically the same people that usually appear in Miss Marple mysteries. Luckily for us, they're all very enjoyable characters and the repetition of these archetypes didn't take away from what was, ultimately, a fun and interesting little mystery.

  • D.G.
    2019-02-10 09:05

    **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 go back - that the essence of life is going forward. Life is really a One Way Street, isn't it?This is pretty much the idea behind the plot. Too bad the execution wasn't very good!

  • Sophie Hannah
    2019-02-15 15:58

    I loved this book, though I can see that it's not one of Agatha's best plots. Miss Marple doesn't really solve the mystery - a policeman does. But as a novel, I think it's among Agatha's best, most balanced novels. The hotel atmosphere and descriptions of London, and several of the characters, are just brilliantly done. It was v gripping and huge fun to read.

  • Adrian
    2019-01-23 07:58

    As with some of the other Miss Marple books, I see in my head, as I am reading, the Joan Hickson TV episode. In the case of Bertram's Hotel, for some reason, this was even more the case, almost like the movie was playing as i read.Anyway that aside, again it was another really enjoyable book, with Miss Marple excelling in her role of detecting from her armchair whilst knitting. I thought it was less light hearted than some of her earlier works, a little darker, which was no bad thing, just different.Ok this challenge has been wonderfully enjoyable, and I still have 4 to go (I think). Then its the Poirot's woo hoo.

  • Andrea
    2019-02-17 14:52

    3.5 Stars

  • Lobstergirl
    2019-02-14 16:02

    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 girl might be in danger, but not doing any problem-solving herself.

  • Tijana
    2019-02-15 09:59

    Pozna Agata sa - za taj period - standardnim prosedeom u kome se dosta krše ruke nad ovom novom omladinom što sluša Bitlse i ponavljaju žalopojke za predratnom kuhinjom i predratnim nameštajem. Gđica Marpl šarmantna kao i uvek, ali glavni zaplet malo previše maskiran sporednim.

  • Andreas
    2019-01-20 11:02

    Meh through and through.

  • First Second Books
    2019-02-14 12:54

    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.

  • Alaine
    2019-01-27 10:04

    It seems Miss Marple has become a secondary character. I wish we had more time with her thoughts than with Inspector Davy.

  • Roman Clodia
    2019-01-24 10:46

    One of my favourite Miss Marple novels which places her in the midst of 1960s London. Christie has fun with ideas of nostalgia and the inability to live in the past - however beautifully a facade may be recreated as is the case with Bertram's Hotel. With fast racing cars and organised crime set against forgetful canons and out-of-touch majors, Christie seems to be self-consciously noting the passing of the milieu in which so many of her books had been set, while slyly acknowledging her readers' own desire to inhabit that past, if only vicariously and temporarily. Smart and snappy, and so much fun.

  • Stefani
    2019-01-31 11:48

    Mungkin salah satu less favorite book dari Agatha dan series miss marple. Lumayan cukup bosan 2/3 awal buku nya, misteri nya kurang dan banyak kejadian-kejadian yang kurang greget. Tapi suka setting hotel nya sama deskripsi makanannya. Selama baca jadi kepengen makan muffin dan nyobain jamuan teh ala Inggris.

  • Luffy
    2019-01-30 08:09

    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 Hotel Bertram itself was. Pardon the irrelevancy, but I'd be interested in reading even a fan fiction of her, regardless of genre or quality! Miss Marple is witness to 2 or 3 crucial occurrences that propel Inspector Davy (Father) to fulfill the completion of bringing a criminal gang to justice, to stop an entire organisation in its tracks. But Miss Marple herself never takes center stage, she is a glorified witness, who understands what she sees. Very different beast, this book is.I like old fashioned detective stories most when the motive for the murder is money. Thankfully here this is the case. But the murderer needs the money for her lover. This was, I think, an unnecessary addition. It makes the dated(in a good way) scenery more theatrical, and that is not so good. Take Lady Sedgwick, one of the main suspects, she doesn't to me, come across as a believable person. The way she exits the story is laughable and not convincing, plus it's oh so melodramatic. I felt nothing for her. I couldn't view her as a believable adventuress, mother, or mastermind. But maybe that's just me. I kept my focus throughout this book. No part of it was tedious because you felt that bits of the puzzle would ultimately come together. And the revelations, interceded between blurbs of Lady Sedgewick, kept coming till the very end.

  • Syl
    2019-02-04 10:03

    Thoroughly enjoyed this BBC adaptation of a book that I had read and enjoyed at least on 2 prior occasions. Thankfully I didnot remember the perpetrators, and was pleasantly surprised at the end, as I failed to get to the core of the mystery.This book combines all cozy things - childhood reminiscences, a two week hotel stay vacation (how I wish I had an opportunity like that), a cozy mystery to occupy oneself, and a murder.Miss Marple is gifted a well deserved vacation for two weeks by her writer nephew Raymond, whose last book did well. She chose to stay at Bertram's hotel to relive her childhood memories, despite the various exotic locales she could have chosen. She finds everything the same, and is pleasantly surprised at how well Bertrams has preserved itself, unto the last minute detail which offers immense comfort to a certain kind of traveler. She meets many of her old acquaintances, amidst them the notorious Bess Sedgwick (pardon my spelling, I just listened to the audio). her daughter Elvira with her current guardian, a delightfully absent minded old Canon, the courteous hotel staff, to name a few. First day itself, she is party to an intrigue and snoops further to discover certain concealed facts, and witnesses the perplexing disappearance of Canon Pennyfather, whose well known absent mindedness doesn;t help anyone to get an inkling as to what happened to him.A notorious rail robbery gets mixed up with the hotel guests, and things start warming up, with our Miss Marple deliciously in the midst of all.My evenings were made more lively by Miss Marple and gang, and I am sure to seek her out as a companion to my future evening walks.

  • Eustacia Tan
    2019-02-01 11:09

    I liked the previous Miss Marple book that I read so much I immediately borrowed another!At Bertram's Hotel takes place in London, where Miss Marple is on holiday. The main 'mystery' for most of the book is the disappearance of a clergyman, who is later found alive (but concussed). There is a murder, but it happens towards the end.I've gotta say, the twist in this story is a lot more incredible than it is in The Body in the Library. But, it was set up well by Chief-Inspector Davy/Father and I definitely bought it.Speaking of Chief-Inspector Davy/Father, I found him to be a very interesting character! I hope that he'll be a recurring character, a la Hastings. He's a very solid policeman, with both good instincts and thorough work. Plus the ability to listen to Miss Marple.Miss Marple definitely played a smaller role here, since she wasn't unofficially involved in the case. But she does overhear a lot of interesting things and her and Chief-Inspector Davy joining forces is a formidable thing to see. I didn't see as much reference to her home village, though, because she spent more time wandering through memory lane.Which brings us to Betram's Hotel, which is as much a character as anyone else. Betram's Hotel is one of those places that manage to recreate the past perfectly, from their service to their food (I am now curious as to what 'real muffins' taste like). It was fun reading about Miss Marple's stay in Betram's Hotel, and I did want to stay there.I'm starting to regret staying away from Miss Marple for so long. The two books that I've read so far have been really fun reads, and it is with some reluctance* that I stop the series (for a while) and continue with other books on my TBR list.*ok, I kid. I'm really enjoying this book about the Internet I'm reading and I think I can finish it soon.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  • Pamela
    2019-02-16 13:46

    Miss Marple's nephew offers to pay for a holiday for her, and she chooses a stay at Bertram's Hotel in London. It is an old-fashioned, genteel hotel with superior service and traditional rooms, populated by respectable guests. Yet before long Miss Marple becomes aware that all is not as it seems, and her vague sense of discomfort seems justified when absent-minded Canon Pennyfather disappears...Very enjoyable mystery, one of the better Miss Marple novels in my opinion. Although we do get to see quite a lot of Miss Marple, the investigations are led by Chief Inspector Davy, a shrewd and experienced policeman. The plot is tight and well thought out, perhaps with fewer twists than we have come to expect from Christie, but with some satisfying surprises. Miss Marple and Davy make a good double act - both observant and with a realistic view of human nature, they are on the same wavelength and validate each other's way of thinking. The other characters are interesting too, especially the staff at the hotel - I always admire how Christie can create a whole character in our minds in just a few lines.

  • Ririn
    2019-02-14 13:58

    3.75* A very slow read. I know that Miss Marple's series were quiet cozy and the investigations were done in the ordinary style (except for the interference of Miss Marple, of course!), but in this one, the introduction and setup took more than half of the book! The actions only get going after 60% into the story. But this being an Agatha Christie book, you can bet there would be some good actions and unveiling, even if it was at the end of the book. This is a mild mystery, and for the first time Miss Marple was outshined by a police officer. Chief Inspector Davy, you piqued my interest. Is there any spin-off for him?

  • Susan in NC
    2019-02-01 12:47

    4.5 stars - this was not only a fascinating, complex mystery, but also a very interesting meditation on the passage of time and the changes wrought, and how the yearning for a “perfect” past that can’t be recovered can cover up a lot of unpleasantness! Truly a timeless theme....I love Miss Marple- her clear-eyed willingness to contemplate and confront evil, even as she becomes older and more frail, is a delight and an inspiration, especially in these morally challenging times! Onward to Nemesis.

  • Lexie
    2019-02-09 09:04

    Little crime, little Marple, little mystery.I am displeased, Mrs. Christie.

  • Caitlin
    2019-01-22 07:56

    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 delicious page-turners and socially conscious literary texts.So far, At Bertram’s Hotel is my favorite Miss Marple mystery. It revolves around a hotel that appears to have been frozen in time, meticulously decorated to evoke the glamour and elegance of bygone days. The hotel’s connection with the Victorian past is its most appealing selling point, luring people who are in search of a vanished time and who want to have an authentic experience of Britain, complete with tea and muffins. At first, even Miss Marple falls under the spell of Bertram’s until she realizes that its quaint façade hides a darker, more sinister truth.In the lobby of the anachronistic hotel, various characters come and go. There is the scintillating socialite, Bess Sedgewick and her estranged daughter, Elvira Blake, who is being raised by Colonel Luscombe; there is the absent-minded Canon Pennyfather, whose disappearance sets the mystery into motion; and there is Miss Marple herself, always observing and sleuthing, usually unnoticed. What’s happened to Canon Pennyfather? I wish to give away none of the secrets. One should enter a Miss Marple mystery completely ignorant; that’s what makes reading it so delightful!What compels me most about At Bertram’s Hotel is the three main female characters: Bess Sedgewick, Elvira Blake, and Miss Marple. All three struggle with the limits placed on their lives. Bess Sedgewick is daring, independent, and chronically gossiped about in the newspapers. She gave Elvira up because she feared that she would be a dangerous influence on her daughter. Instead, Elvira is raised by the well-meaning but dense Colonel Luscombe who thinks Elvira is incapable of mischief. In reality, Elvira is just as devious as her mother. She sneaks off to meet boys, engages in an illicit affair with an older man, and does all she can to escape her sheltered and oppressive upbringing. No one really understands Elvira, and they certainly don’t understand Bess. Mother and daughter share a mutual sense of alienation in the world-- the reality that the era in which they were born has no room for them. Similarly, Miss Marple struggles in a society that devalues the elderly. People underestimate and dismiss her, believing that older women cannot possibly have anything to offer, but Miss Marple subverts this stereotype, using her invisibility to her advantage.In the end, all three women are more powerful than society realizes. Of Miss Marple, one of the detectives observes, “She’s had a long life of experience in noticing evil, fancying evil, suspecting evil and going forth to do battle with evil.” Jane Marple might be old and she might come from a small English village but she possesses great acumen, wisdom, and knowledge of human psychology. Sleuthing gives her access to a measure of independence, respect, and agency. It’s also written that Bess Sedgewick is “a woman in a thousand […] one of the wild ones. Oh, we've some of them in every generation. You can't tame them.” Both Bess Sedgewick and Miss Marple refuse to conform to society’s gender expectations. They live as they want. So does Elvira. She transgresses gender norms, resisting everyone’s attempts to contain and control her.Eventually, Bertram’s Hotel loses its original glamorous luster; and its dark secrets are revealed. In the end, Miss Marple has a revelation and poignantly observes that, “one can never go back, that one should not ever try to go back--that the essence of life is going forward.” While society refuses to progress in its treatment of women, Bess, Elvira, and Miss Marple chart their own courses in life. If Bertram’s shows us anything, it is that, in trying to recapture the past, one loses not just the present moment but also the future and all its possibilities.

  • Susan
    2019-02-17 12:09

    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 had no idea what was going on -- I probably shouldn't have read the whole thing, then, I probably should have started over or abandoned it.I was surprised that Miss Marple didn't play more of a major role in the story; I thought she would be the one to solve the mystery.I'm also surprised that Agatha Christie's books are the most widely published in the world, after the Bible and Shakespeare's plays. This is because I didn't understand the story, but that's probably my fault.I don't know if I'll ever read another Agatha Christie novel because of my experience with this one, although I would like to read a Hercule Poirot mystery, as I remember watching those shows with my mom on PBS when I was a kid.I have to say, the cover of the book influenced me when I was looking for something to read. I read a copy that was published in the UK, and I love the font used for the author's name and I like the modern pictures. Still, I'm not sure if this is enough to get me to read another...I guess we'll see.

  • Ali Aljamri
    2019-02-12 10:15

    عنوان الكتاب: جريمة قصر المؤلّف: أجاثا كريستي ترجمة: عمرو يوسفمطبعة: مكتبة معروف مقدّمةبدايةً حتى أكون منصفاً؛ إذ لا أحبُّ أن أحاكم موضوعاً لستُ مطّلعاً على أطرافه و لا أَزِنَ أمراً بغيرِ موازينه، فينبغي أن أوضح بعض النقاط : أولاً: قرأتُ هذا الكتاب للمرّة الثانية خلال هذا العام، المرّةُ الأولى كانت قراءة اطلاعيّة استغرق منّي بضعَ سويعات من ليلةٍ و كنت مستغرقاً في أحداث القصّة و هذه القراءة لم تختلف كثيراً إلّا أني توقفت و لاحظت بعض الملاحظات التي تخصّ البناء التحليلي للرواية الأدبيّة عموماً. ثانياً: إنّ الأدوات المنهجيّة للنقد الأدبي غير تامّة عندي فأحتاج لتأسيس تصوّري لأحاكم الرواية محاكمةً موضوعيّة فلذا تقييمي للكتاب تقييم ذاتيّ لا موضوعي. ملاحظات و تقييمإنّ نسخة الكتاب قديمة و يبدو أنّها تعودُ لما قبل التسعينات من القرن المنصرم أو بداياتها . و الترجمة لا بأس بها و ربّما تُعدُّ جيّدةً فلم أجدْ خللاً واضحاً أو مشكلة في إيصال الحوادث و الأفكار المسرودة، إلا بعضَ الأخطاء الإملائيّة و النحويّة.و من ناحية أدبيّة لم أجد أن هناك ميزة في السبك الأدبي قد شدّني أو في توصيفٍ راعني، و إنّما كنتُ مشدوداً لحبكة القصّة، و لا أريد أن أبخس حقّ المترجم أو المؤلّفة لكن لم أجد الرواية مميّزة أدبيّاً من حيث السبك و التعبير و التوصيفات ، و ربّما هذا راجع لطبيعة هذا النوع من الروايات و ربّما لأنّ الرواية مترجمة لكن عموماً هي جيّدة من هذه الناحية.وجدتُ القصّة مشوّقة و مثيرة و نهايتها غير متوقّعة و لكن لم تبهرني حوادثها كثيراً -و ربما هذا منشأه ذاتيّ أيضاً-، فلذا أراها تستحقّ ثلاث نجوم.