Monday, September 20, 2010
At Bertram's Hotel
Christie's At Bertram's Hotel was written in 1965 and and took place at a fictional Bertram's Hotel modelled after Brown's Hotel - not without considerable tongue in cheek mockery of its preservation of the 'old ways' and the tourists who lapped up the atmosphere of an authentic British afternoon tea. Just like her tourists I certainly enjoyed having one of my stereotypes of British life confirmed! I was there 20 years after the book was written and it was still celebrating the old ways.
This book was a breezy quick read. It was not one of Christie's best (too easy to identify the culprits from early in the book), but an absolute hoot to read. If you're a Christie fan or have enjoyed visiting London, you'd enjoy spending an hour or two with this book.