(+) Fantastic staff. Lovely rooms. Fabulous location. Amazing wildlife. Lovely gardens. (-) Not very disabled friendly. Electricity cuts. Boring food after the first few days. (*) (On Ciao since: 11/2010)
On Friday 25th May, 1934, a forty-one-year-old woman walked into the lobby of Claridge's Hotel to meet the nineteen-year-old son whose face she did not know....... more
On Friday 25th May, 1934, a forty-one-year-old woman walked into the lobby of Claridge's Hotel to meet the nineteen-year-old son whose face she did not know. Fifteen years earlier, as the First World War ended, Idina Sackville shocked high society by leaving his multimillionaire father to run off to Africa with a near penniless man. An inspiration for Nancy Mitford's character The Bolter, painted by William Orpen, and photographed by Cecil Beaton, Sackville went on to divorce a total of five times, yet died with a picture of her first love by her bed. Her struggle to reinvent her life with each new marriage left one husband murdered and branded her the 'high priestess' of White Mischief's bed-hopping Happy Valley in Kenya. Sackville's life was so scandalous that it was kept a secret from her great-granddaughter Frances Osborne. Now, Osborne tells the moving tale of betrayal and heartbreak behind Sackville's road to scandal and return, painting a dazzling portrait of high society in the early twentieth century.
A Caribbean Mystery (Miss Marple) - Agatha Christie
Miss Marple is on holiday at the Golden Palm Hotel in the island of St. Honore. She is enjoying herself, yet there is something lacking. At home in St. Mary...... more
Miss Marple is on holiday at the Golden Palm Hotel in the island of St. Honore. She is enjoying herself, yet there is something lacking. At home in St. Mary Mead there was always something going on, something one could get one's teeth into. Miss Marple listens politely to Major Palgrave's boring stories of his early life in Kenya - or at any rate pretends to listen. She is not paying all that much attention when he starts telling her about a murderer he has known; and when he reaches in his wallet to show Miss Marple a snapshot of that murderer, he is suddenly interrupted. Murder follows. In this new full length novel the clues and keys to the murderer's identity are fairly - one might even say ostentatiously - paraded in front of the reader. Yet we believe it will be a very perceptive reader who observes and interprets them correctly. Most of the large number of readers of "A Caribbean Mystery" will in the end ask themselves how they could have been so stupid - or how ...