Hotel Paradise

Hotel Paradise

Book - 1996
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ONLY THE MAGNIFICENT MARTHA GRIMES COULD HAVE WRITTEN THIS BOOK. . . . BRILLIANTLY RENDERED AND SUPERBLY TEXTURED.
--Andrew Vachss
A neglected lake, covered with water lilies. A once fashionable, now faded resort. A derelict house full of secrets, uninhabited for almost half a century. The death of a twelve-year-old girl forty years in the past. And another girl who becomes obsessed with this death. With her knack for encouraging adults to reminisce, she begins to piece together puzzles from the past and present.
HOTEL PARADISE is a delicate yet disturbing view of the decisions a young girl must make on her way to becoming an adult . . . and the choices she must make between right and wrong, love and truth, life and death. With its narrative grace, compelling characters, and intricate suspense, HOTEL PARADISE is Martha Grimes at the top of her form.
Utterly engaging.
--The Washington Post Book World
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679441878
0679441875
9780345394255
0345394259
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY Grimes Martha 1996
Characteristics: 347 p. ;,25 cm.

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YA, mystery --
A 12-year-old girl, waiting at tables in her mother's hotel, becomes interested in the death, 40 years earlier, of a girl her age. The victim drowned in a nearby lake. So little Emma Graham starts analyzing available evidence, questions old ladies and woodsmen, and through perseve... Read More »


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Oct 17, 2018

I really loved the 1950's atmosphere of the book. Also I enjoyed identifying with the 12-year-old narrator whose first name was not revealed till the last chapter of the book. As a retired middle-school teacher, I thought the book would appeal to middle school students, well girls anyway. I had some students that I know would have loved it. I'm looking forward to reading "Cold Flat Junction" next.

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