The Hotel Detective

Alan Russell

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The Hotel Detective

The Hotel Detective Acclaimed for his previous tough hard boiled whodunits Alan Russell now introduces a new series in a lighthearted vein featuring a wry and sly hotel detective with a decidedly offbeat approach to hi

  • Title: The Hotel Detective
  • Author: Alan Russell
  • ISBN: 9780446403
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Acclaimed for his previous tough, hard boiled whodunits, Alan Russell now introduces a new series in a lighthearted vein featuring a wry and sly hotel detective with a decidedly offbeat approach to his job Boyish, blond haired ex surfer Am Caulfield is assistant general manager of the posh Hotel California, on the Golden State s riviera Or rather, he was assistant mAcclaimed for his previous tough, hard boiled whodunits, Alan Russell now introduces a new series in a lighthearted vein featuring a wry and sly hotel detective with a decidedly offbeat approach to his job Boyish, blond haired ex surfer Am Caulfield is assistant general manager of the posh Hotel California, on the Golden State s riviera Or rather, he was assistant manager until his boss, Manager Raymond Kendrick, informs him he s now going to be acting security director as well Am isn t quite sure the appointment is a vote of confidence in his talents In fact, he strongly suspects it s like revenge for his all too accurate imitation of Kendrick at a recent staff party No sooner does Am don his gumshoes than he s up to his knees in trouble Someone is stealing personal items from the room of a well endowed female guest Two hundred scrumptious entries in a pastry contest have mysteriously disappeared from a locked kitchen And a man has fallen to his death from a seventh floor balcony Is it suicide or did he have help But these problems are a snap compared to solving the double murder in room 605 when a lawyer and his paramour are stabbed with a hotel carving knife Just to make Am s investigations difficult are the one hundred and sixty members of the Bob Johnson Society all named Bob Johnson who have just checked in for a Murder Mayhem Weekend An ordinary detective might be fazed But although Am is new to sleuthing, he knows how to keep tabs on guests Despite a tempermental chef on a rampage, a permanently lost bellhop, and an attractive intern assistant with her own hidden agenda, Am, in his own unhurried way, cuts through the chaos to prove himself worthy of his title the Hotel Detective.

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    1. Al on said:

      Acclaimed for his previous tough, hard-boiled whodunits, Alan Russell now introduces a new series in a more lighthearted vein featuring a wry and sly hotel detective with a decidedly offbeat approach to his job. Boyish, blond-haired ex-surfer Am Caulfield is assistant general manager of the posh Hotel California, on the Golden State's riviera. Or rather, he was assistant manager until his boss, Manager Raymond Kendrick, informs him he's now going to be acting security director as well. (Am isn't [...]

    2. Maddy on said:

      PROTAGONIST: Am CaulfieldSETTING: CaliforniaSERIES: #1 of 2RATING: 3.0WHY: The Hotel California is a destination hotel with a higher level of service. A man kills his wife and her lover and finds that the hotel life is appealing. There is a group of "Bob Johnsons" at the hotel, 125 of them, so he becomes a Bob. Am Caulfield is the newly assigned hotel detective, and we see various aspects of a hotel operation. Russell was a hotel manager at one time. A bit dated (1994), but the hotel stuff is ki [...]

    3. Philip on said:

      Ok light read but a bit of a disappointment to me. After reading the synopsis and some other reviews I was expecting some belly laughs and ROFL humour but I didn't really find this book very funny. It was an OK read and I finished it in my usual time But I'm glad I borrowed it and didn't have to buy it! I haven't read any other Alan Russell books so maybe I should try one his "Hardboiled" ones before I really pass judgement on this one. I will if I can borrow them as I can't see paying for any o [...]

    4. Trish on said:

      A strange combination of comedy of manners - the daily life of a posh hotel and its assorted eccentric guests and what they get up to (including 175 Bob Johnsons, 800 disappearing desserts and the traveller who always replaces the booze in the minibar with water, but then gets his come-uppance) - and murder mystery. As far as the second is concerned, the oddity is that you know who the murderer is from chapter 1, and it then gets more bizarre from there as he decides to enjoy a holiday at the ho [...]

    5. Julie Davis on said:

      I enjoy this book every time I read it. Alan Russell's other writing is dark but the two mysteries in this short series are light hearted and take us behind the scenes in the hotel industry. I seem to recall that Russell himself worked in the hotel industry for some time and, if my memory is correct, it certainly shows. He has a real talent for threading a larger mystery through the daily small occurrences that an assistant manager/security director must handle. Highly recommended.

    6. Regan on said:

      What a total surprise! A super read. We're reading this in my Mystery Inn book club and while it started off kind of slow the book took off big time. Alan Russell has a wicked sense of humor and it comes through in a story with great one liners and memorable characters. It's not a mystery per se and any one who likes a good story will like this one.

    7. Diana Duncan on said:

      Hilarious. I especially enjoyed the subplot involving the Bob Johnson convention. Just wish there was more than one more in the series.

    8. Julie on said:

      Not interesting enough to keep reading. I kept trying to finish, got bored, jumped to other books in my queue, came back to it; rinse and repeat. Finally gave up.

    9. Shannon on said:

      Smart, funny mystery . . . I'm sorry there's only two in the series!

    10. Paige Hackler on said:

      First time I've read this author, and I really enjoyed it. I am going to read the other book featuring this protagonist and probably some of Russell's other books!

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