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?
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