Sunday 5 March 2017

Sunday Snap – The Mystery Hotel

We paid a visit to Arkwright's shop for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked which comedy series it was featured in and the answer is

Open All Hours and also Still Open All Hours

Ringing up the right answer on the famous cash till were Cheryl, Anne, Kara, Louise, Cass and Sonia.

For this week we make the journey from South Yorkshire to North Yorkshire. The hotel pictured above is the Old Swan Hotel situated in the spa town of Harrogate. Back in 1926 it was known as the Swan Hydropathic Hotel and it became the focus of an intriguing mystery. On the 3rd December 1926 the car belonging to the most famous female crime novelist of the 20th century was found hanging off the edge of a chalk pit some miles away from her home. The owner of the car was nowhere to be found. Her husband, who had been to see his mistress for the weekend, alerted the police to his wife's disappearance. It sparked one of the largest manhunts ever seen with over 1,000 police officers and civilians involved in the search and airplanes used for the first time in such a case. For 11 days they found no trace of her. Indeed, it seemed they needed the help of novelist's fictitious sleuth, Hercule Poirot, in order to solve the case.

On the 14th December a banjo player at the hotel realised that one of the guests was the missing person. He contacted the police and her husband came to collect her but she did not recognise him. It seems after she abandoned her car the writer made her way to Waterloo station. There she saw an advertisement for Harrogate and decided to buy a train ticket to Yorkshire. Once she arrived at the town she booked into the hotel under the name of her husband's mistress! For 11 days she enjoyed the activities and entertainment the hotel had to offer and even read about her own disappearance in the newspaper. Apparently she did not realise the newspaper reports were about her. After her discovery she offered no explanation for her actions. Some people have suggested she was concussed after the car crash. Others have said she was suffering from a stress-induced condition known as 'fugue state' which causes out of body amnesia. The writer was in a difficult stage of her life as her mother had recently died and her husband was having an affair with another woman. Within two years of this event the couple had divorced. Whatever happened during those 11 days she never spoke about again and took her secret to her grave some 50 years later. This week's question is

Who was the crime writer who booked into the hotel in 1926?

We were joined last week by Susan and some bubble blowing. The bubbles were even bigger at Cheryl's. May and Noah were two peas in heart shaped PJs. We were under the wings of the plane with Anne. Kara has been out snowdrop spotting and capturing the lights in Dundee. Finally, Laura has been enjoying a Mexican seafood feast.

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  1. Another fabulous story I knew nothing about! I'm guessing Agatha Christie because of the Poirot reference. What a good book her 'missing' story would make. Thanks for hosting Sunday Snap x

  2. My guess is Agatha Christie but I have no idea

  3. Oooh fascinating stuff ! You mentioned Poirot so I'll guess at Agatha Christie

  4. With the mention of Poirot I am guessing Agatha Christie. I love your posts, always learn something new! x

  5. Thanks for organizing this link party!
    Greetings from Belgium!

  6. That looks like an amazing hotel, no idea about the crime writer I'm not very good on things like that.


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