The black feminist comedy Seven Hotel Stories is available as a paperback or an eBook. I encourage you to read the many reader reviews on the various Amazon websites (see the Buy Now links).
Matthew Parris said:
“Charming, fun and fast-paced, Seven Hotel Stories brings Pimm’s wit and vigour to that most difficult of literary forms, the short story.”
You should read the Hotel Stories for seven reasons. If you’d like to try before you buy, you can read excerpts from each story at the links below.
Your first reason is Britches. Britches records how glamorous, petite Ms N, the world’s deadliest hotel manager, and her ally the beautiful but naive Tatiana, first met. Together they must deal with the depraved sexual predator who owns the hotel, using a Combined Burns Night and St Patrick’s Day Ball; the President of China; a whisky-tasting; a giant cake; and something Tatiana finds under a handsome Scotsman’s kilt.
Your second reason is The Two Rooms. Ingredients are an obnoxious male guest; a dodgy Prime Minister on a moral crusade; a high-class call-girl; some cigar-smoking Russian ice-hockey fans; an angry Japanese sushi chef; and a macabre twist. Is it my favourite? Perhaps it is.
Your third reason is The Swedish Woman. In an elevator awash with blood Mr Matt Miller, the regional director of Ms N’s hotel chain and Ms N’s boss, lies dead. Can Ms N and Tatiana identify the murderer before the 100% untainted-by-corruption-of-any-kind Minister of Justice, who is present in the lobby, can summon the police? A whodunnit thriller.
Your fourth reason is The White Blouse, set in a hotel with ugly problems including corruption, abuse of women and a guest with unpleasant sexual proclivities. The White Blouse has a couple of scenes which are not for the squeamish. Actually, all of the Hotel Stories are intended for adult readers, although none is erotic or explicit.
Your fifth reason is Gents, an adventure set in sunny Florida. It involves a congress of hoteliers; a dodgy night-club; alligators; corporate in-fighting; and an ambitious male colleague who does not respect Ms N. This is, of course, a mistake for which he will pay a high price.
Your sixth reason is Ask for Scarlett. Tatiana has become general manager of the Caravanserai Ultra Platinum – “the coolest and most ecological as well as the most luxurious hotel on earth”, So why does she say “every paradise contains a serpent”? Only Ms N can identify the evil which threatens to destroy Tatiana, and the hotel.
Your seventh reason is The Three Heads. Can marketing, social media and the coolest pop star on earth save Tatiana’s loss-making hotel, the Caravanserai Ultra-Platinum, nestling inside a hollowed-out mountain above a relic-strewn plain and accessible only via three separate and perhaps not entirely modern or safe airlines? Is there really a flea infestation? Only Ms N knows the answer.