Bess confesses not only to this, but also to the murder of Gorman. She secretly flies to Ireland for 24 hours, telling her best friend only that she has to find out something that's of terrible importance. Her mother is alive, but estranged by choice from Elvira. She wants to be wealthy so Ladislaus will marry her. When her niece offered a holiday in London, she was grateful and wanted to go back to the same old hotel, Bertram's - in reality the famous Brown's Hotel which opened in 1837. Detective fiction I think I don't like Miss Marple's stories in which she has a tiny role. This novel has one of Agatha Christie's characters, Jane Marple. As Miss Marple is enjoying her vacation, the police are looking into several daring robberies that have taken place in and around London over the past year or so. This character appears briefly in one of the Tommy and Tuppence novels (. Miss Marple and Pennyfather re-enact their actions from when she saw him in the hallway (although he doesn't remember it). This Study Guide consists of approximately 30 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - He works with Miss Marple. When Miss Marple gets a present of two weeks holiday from her nephew and his wife, she decides on a short visit to the past. She sees race driver Ladislaus Malinowski stop at the desk, and several times notices his car. Followed by I wouldn't be able to judge all of her books or establish a certain pattern she follows but I can definitely speculate from what I've read so far. He is one of three trustees who manage Elvira's inheritance. I am re-reading them all. What does matter is that one just can't put any book of hers down. Elvira Blake is one of the best observed of the many young people in late Christie. Preceded by NOOK Book (eBook) $ 9.99. 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. However, Miss Marple has already concluded that Elvira herself shot Gorman, and that her mother falsely confessed to the shooting in order to save her daughter. , Robert Barnard said of this novel that "The plot is rather creaky, as in most of the late ones, but the hotel atmosphere is very well conveyed and used. Elvira says he has been shot dead while shielding her from the gunfire. Elvira was the second person in that public room, overhearing the conversation between her mother and Gorman. Miss Marple turns back to the elevator and finds that Lady Sedgwick has reboarded the car, claiming to have forgotten something upstairs. Inspector Campbell is assigned the case, and is soon joined by Chief Inspector Davy, who sees links to unsolved crimes. . 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. Jack Bittern / Joel Bittern - Identical twins, who operate as thieves. I think she was arrested and hanged for the murder because of Miss Marple's final statement. by HarperCollins. She tells him of seeing Canon Pennyfather at 3 am after she thought he had gone to Lucerne. She choose an old hotel. Miss Marple also saw him leaving his hotel room at 3 am, three hours after he was knocked on the head, and a few hours before the robbery. Refresh and try again. In The Guardian of 17 December 1965, Francis Iles (Anthony Berkeley Cox) said that, "At Bertram's Hotel can hardly be called a major Agatha Christie [novel], for in spite of the presence of Miss Marples (sic) the denouement is really too far-fetched. Miss Marple sees the famous adventuress Bess Sedgwic… Start by marking “At Bertram's Hotel (Miss Marple, #11)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. She stayed there as a girl and is somewhat surprised at how little it has changed. This one is set in a very nice and well-established, traditonal hoteli in London modelled after a hotel Christie herself frequented, so she actually establishes the ambiance very well. It features the detective Miss Marple. Sedgwick confesses, and also admits to killing Gorman. To see what your friends thought of this book, I'd absolutely loved the film of this book starring Geraldine Mac Ewan, however when I read the book, I did feel disappointed as to the plot and chara. Her emotional attachment in the adaptation is to her friend, Brigit Milford (the novel's Bridget), whose role is expanded. Isn't that Archdeacon Abercrombie? She also says somebody had tried to poison her during her school days in Italy. Star Over Bethlehem and other storiesMarple: A Caribbean Mystery 1972, Greenway edition of collected works (William Collins), Hardcover, 253 pp, 1973, Greenway edition of collected works (Dodd Mead), Hardcover, 253 pp. Elvira used her knowledge of the hotel to secretly make her way out and behind Brigit, whilst dressed as a maid. Father asks both Miss Marple and the missing guest, who has since turned up, to reenact the night the man disappeared. She is Elvira's estranged mother. Language This book finds her about 3 chapters in staying at a famous and absurdly old-fashioned, supremely comfortable hotel in London. Jane Marple, the elderly amateur sleuth, takes a holiday at Bertram's Hotel in London, to re-live her happy memories of staying there during her youth. Every now and then she would recognize someone important. 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. They also suggest that Lady Sedgwick's lover, Mr. Malinowski, killed the commissionaire because he was legally Lady Sedgwick's husband from a youthful incident that was never legally cleared up. We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. Miss Marple enjoys her trips around London, and learns that she cannot go back: life moves forward. She and Malinowski are no longer seriously interested in each other: Malinowski backs off when he realises Elvira is Bess's daughter; Elvira reproaches her mother for this, but never mentions the matter again. Davy calls Miss Marple and Pennyfather back to London. Father speaks to the manager and desk clerk, as well as several guests, attempting to learn all he can about the hotel and the missing guest. A new sub-plot was added - London is hit by a spate of robberies, and during Gorman's murder, Lady Selina's jewels go missing. Davy approaches him to learn the true owner of the hotel. The hotel is famous for fully preserving its Edwardian atmosphere even into the 1960s, from the proper staff to the elderly guests who frequent the tearoom. Note the reflections in chapter 5 in the novel on the changed look of elderly people, showing that the sharp eye had not dimmed, even if the narrative grasp was becoming shaky.". A few days later, Miss Marple sees Mr. Malinowski again, this time in deep conversation with the young woman from Bertram's, Elvira Blake. She has daughters nearly the age of Elvira, and they live out of London, in Kent. It’s not in the usual format of murder or murders committed, several people in the frame but whodunnit? At the time, Gorman had told her the wedding was just a game and not a legal marriage. Lady Sedgwick's confession is binding, but both Father and Miss Marple know she did not kill the commissionaire. Colonel Derek Luscombe: Elvira's guardian, with her at the hotel.