Someone pointed out recently that I hadn’t written about the Hotel Stories for some time.
In fact, I recently rebranded The Hotel Stories – Complete Collection as Seven Hotel Stories. My goal was to remind readers how many stories now exist in a single, novel-length volume.
All the stories feature the world’s most brilliant, unpredictable and occasionally homicidal hotel manager, Ms N; her beautiful but naive ally, Tatiana; and Ms N’s unique methods of solving problems.
The first story, Britches, shows how Ms N and Tatiana first met; and how they sorted out the hotel owner from hell using a Combined Burns Night and St Patrick’s Day Ball (they exist – I have been to one); the President of China; and something Tatiana found under a handsome Scotsman’s kilt.
The second Hotel Story is The Two Rooms. It features an obnoxious guest; a hypocritical Prime Minister on a moral crusade; some Russian ice-hockey fans; an angry Japanese sushi chef; and a startling twist. Is it my favourite? Perhaps it is.
In the third story, The Swedish Woman, a man is found dead in a hotel elevator awash with blood. But who has killed him? The suspects are many, including the enigmatic Swedish woman, whose identity is a closely guarded secret.
The fourth Hotel Story, set somewhere in the Former Soviet Union in a hotel with ugly problems including bribery, corruption and a guest with unpleasant proclivities, is The White Blouse. It has a couple of scenes which are not for the squeamish.
The fifth story, Gents, is set in Florida and involves a congress of hoteliers; alligators; and an ambitious colleague who does not respect Ms N. Tip: not respecting Ms N is always a bad idea.
The sixth story, Too cool to be corporate, takes Ms N and Tatiana to the Caravanserai Ultra Platinum – “the coolest and most ecological as well as the most luxurious hotel on earth”. Find out why Tatiana says that “every paradise contains a serpent”.
The seventh story is The Three Heads. Why are hotel review sites saying that Tatiana’s luxurious but loss-making hotel, the Caravanserai Ultra-Platinum, is flea-infested and plagued by theft? Can social media phenomenon DaGurl help save the day?
Or if you would like to read excerpts from all seven stories, click on the link for my post The Hotel Stories – 7 reasons you should read them.
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