Reading List: 10 Hotel Mysteries Set During the Golden Age of Detective Fiction

If you’ve got the post-holiday blues and yearn to travel, here are 10 globetrotting adventures to whet your appetite. Set in lovely locales and bustling cities to lull you into a false sense of security- but be wary of your fellow guests- some are deadly!

Murder at the Grand Hotel by Isabella Bassett (Lady Caroline Murder Mysteries, 1)

Meet Lady Caroline, banished to the French Riviera to live with her dull Uncle Albert, who suffers from gout. Things turn deadly when an affluent and well-connected seductress is poisoned at a roulette table, and later, an eminent architect slips from the cliffs into the azure mediterranean sea. Local police believe that someone is killing influential people so they can climb higher on the social ladder. Intrigued by the puzzle before her, Lady Caroline takes up the hunt to catch a brazen killer.

Murder at the Seaside Hotel by Sonia Parin (An Evie Parker Mystery, 5)

Curl up with this cozy mystery and visit the Seaside Hotel with Lady Evie Parker, her maid Caro and Lady Evie Parker’s handsome bodyguard Tom Winchester. Finding the usual seaside attractions of sunshine and long walks on the boardwalk tiresome, Evie Parker reflects that maybe a quiet life of leisure isn’t for her. One day, when returning to the Seaside Hotel, a large crowd of people blocked the entrance because a young maid employed at the hotel fell over the side of the balcony to her death. The local police call her death a suicide, but Evie Parker suspects murder.

The Hotel of the Three Roses by Augusto de Angelis

Welcome to a mid-thirties Italian mystery published by Pushkin Vertigo in 2016. Meet Inspector De Vincenzi at the seedy Hotel of the Three Roses as he attempts to uncover who sent him an anonymous letter describing a future calamity that will upset guests. When Inspector De Vincenzi arrives at the Hotel of the Three Roses, he discovers a body hanging in the hotel’s stairwell. As he meets the eclectic guests at the hotel-a dwarf, a hunchback, a giant, and a beautiful woman, he starts to untangle the complex web that has brought them all there. A difficult locked-room puzzle that will keep readers guessing until the solution is revealed and the killer is caught.

At Bertram’s Hotel by Agatha Christie (Miss Marple Mysteries, 10)

When Miss Marple returns to Bertram’s Hotel after visiting as a young girl, she feels like something isn’t quite right. Bertram’s Hotel is like a dream out of the past with maids wearing old-fashioned uniforms, great heated fires, a clientele of old pussies, American tourists, and, surprisingly, a famous movie star. When an absent-minded clergyman goes missing, followed by a spate of robberies in London, the facade of Bertram’s Hotel starts to crumble. Miss Marple follows her instincts and discovers several secrets hiding at Bertram’s Hotel.

Murder at the Mena House by Erica Ruth Neubauer (A Jane Wunderly Mystery, 1)

American tourist Jane Wunderly is traveling to Cairo, Egypt, to visit the Pyramids of Giza with her Aunt Millie. The lush Mena House has a diverse clientele- none more demanding than Anna Staiton- who dislikes Jane from their first encounter. Anna Staiton is found dead with Jane standing over the body, and she soon becomes the prime suspect. Hoping to clear her name, Jane teams up with the enigmatic Mr. Redevers to get her vacation back on track and hunt down a killer.

The Case of the Haven Hotel by Christopher Bush (The Ludovic Travers Mysteries, 26)

Ludovic Travers is enjoying a relaxing vacation to the seaside. The longer Travers stays at this strange hotel, the more he realizes that the guests aren’t who they appear to be. As he uncovers a blackmailing scheme, Travers may be the subsequent murderer on the killer’s list.

The Great Hotel Murder by Vincent Starrett

Travel to a luxurious hotel in the bustling city of Chicago where a New York banker named Chambers is poisoned in his room. Before staying the night, Chambers asks another guest Dr. Horace Temple to swap rooms with him since he has a sentimental attachment to Dr. Temple’s room, and now Dr. Temple is unwittingly drawn into a murder plot. However, drama critic and amateur sleuth Roger Blackwood believes Dr. Temple has been framed and investigates Chambers’s strange death. In 1935 a movie based on Starrett’s novel was made by Fox Film and stars Edmund Lowe as Blackwood.

Maigret and the Hotel Majestic by Georges Simenon

When the wealthy wife of an American industrialist is found strangled in the basement of an elite hotel near the Champs-Elysees, Inspector Maigret is tasked with investigating her death. A compelling police procedural that takes Inspector Maigret through the sleazy underbelly of France as an unknown killer leaves a trail of bodies in his wake.

Break From Nuala by Harriet Steel (The Inspector de Silva Mysteries, 11)

It’s time to relax seaside resort in 1940s Ceylon (Sri Lanka) with the eminent Inspector de Silva and his lovely English wife, Jane. As the pair escape into the picturesque city of Galle, theft and kidnapping spoil their holiday. Inspector de Silva starts a discreet investigation that leads him to a deadly killer that he can only escape with the help of his wife.

Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot, 23)

When the beautiful body of Arlena Stuart is found strangled on the beach, Hercule Poirot must decide which of the other guests killed her and why. Arlena Stuart hated nearly everyone for her beauty and how carelessly she treated others. Her death freed her husband from an unhappy marriage, and soon he is facing suspicion from the police. However, Hercule Poirot is convinced more devious and sinister crimes will follow Arlena Stuart’s death, and he is running out of time before the guests scatter like sand in the wind.

Tell me if you’d like to stay in any of these fictional hotels below or if I left any of your favorite hotel mysteries off my list.


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