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 way to the airport on the wrong day....
©1965 Agatha Christie Limited (P)2002 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
I enjoyed the twists and turns, and the intricate plot lines. I like the stories where Christie developes her characters to this extent. One of the 'kinder, gentler' mysteries.
Entertaining as always, although not one of her best. Although it's classified as a Miss Marple story, Miss M is hardly a player in the narrative. Good narration by Stephanie Cole.
I didn't read the print version, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story.
The plot had a number of twists and turns, and at one poimt I was sure I knew who was doing the killing, but Ms. Christie fooled me again.
Early in the book, Miss Marple was exploring the people in the tea room with a commontary about all of the guests, their backgrounds, and the gains and begottens. Now you were ready to find the culprit.
I just thoroughly enjoyed listening to the book, and did it in one day because it was so terribly intriging.
I love listening to Agatha Christie stories while knitting. This one was no disappointment! Enjoy.
Intriguing. Complicated. Entertaining.
Yes it did. There were many twists and turns that went in all directions before the end.
Her voices are good and clear.
Wanted to, yes! If only.
Most Christie books are a good listen but this is definately one of my favorites.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
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 they 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!
This is just one of my favorite Agatha Christie's. It has everything that makes her books so enjoyable, the wonderful eccentric British characters, the astute character observations, a well plotted story. There's a reason why her books have stood the test of time. In this case, Stephanie Cole does a marvelous job of bringing Miss Marple to life.
I just adore Miss Marple. Something about this little old lady no one pays attention to, but she's so astute, a much better observer than all the "smarter" people around her.
I've enjoyed Stephanie Cole's performances before, but this was the first time I've listened to her read, and it was wonderful. She brought all the characters to life, but more importantly it was a well-paced reading.
When the various police authorities have gathered with Miss Marple in the hotel and she keeps pulling rabbits out of the hat, surprising them with all the things she's noticed and discovered about the various guests and hotel employees.
I found the mysterious appearance of the hotel as well as its deception to be most interesting.
No, but I most certainly will in the future.
Stephanie Cole's narration really brings you into the story.The range of characters she narrates was well performed.
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