Looking for funny short story ideas? The “Seven Hotel Stories” are a wonderful, novel-length volume packed with wicked black humour.
What are the Seven Hotel Stories? Here’s a quick summary.
The first hotel 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; the President of China; and something Tatiana found under a handsome Scotsman’s kilt.
The Two Rooms
The second Hotel Story is called The Two Rooms. It involves an obnoxious guest; a Prime Minister on a moral crusade; a high-class call-girl; some Russian ice-hockey fans; an angry Japanese sushi chef; and a startling twist. Is it my favourite? Perhaps it is.
The Swedish Woman
In the third story, The Swedish Woman, a man lies 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. If Ms N and Tatiana cannot find the murderer before the untainted-by-corruption-of-any-kind Minister of Justice can summon his portly Chief of Police, disaster looms.
The White Blouse
In the fourth Hotel Story, The White Blouse, Tatiana travels to a hotel somewhere in the Former Soviet Union to help Ms N overcome some ugly problems. This include bribery; corruption; and a guest with deeply unpleasant proclivities. The White Blouse has a couple of scenes not for the squeamish. Actually, all the Hotel Stories are intended for adult readers.
The fifth story, Gents, plays out in sunny Florida. It involves a congress of hoteliers; a so-called “gentleman’s club”; alligators; and an ambitious colleague who does not respect Ms N. This is a bad move on his part.
Ask for Scarlett
The sixth story, Ask for Scarlett, 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”; and how Ms N prevents two murders – which could have been laid at Tatiana’s door.
The Three Heads
The seventh story is The Three Heads. Why is social media saying that Tatiana’s luxurious but loss-making hotel, the Caravanserai Ultra-Platinum, hidden inside a hollowed-out mountain above a relic-strewn plain, is flea-infested and plagued by theft? Only Ms N can prevent a catastrophe.
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