A Hanne Wilhelmsen Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
A U.S. release of an internationally best-selling tribute to Agatha Christie's classic, And Then There Were None, follows the experiences of travelers who are stranded by a blizzard in a decrepit hotel where one of their number begins killing off the rest. By the author of What Is Mine.

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Follows the experiences of travelers who are stranded by a blizzard in a decrepit hotel where one of their number begins killing off the rest.

Simon and Schuster
From Norway’s bestselling female crime writer comes a suspenseful locked-room mystery set in an isolated hotel in Norway, where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm start turning up dead.

A TRAIN ON ITS WAY to the northern reaches of Norway derails during a massive blizzard, 1,222 meters above sea level. The passengers abandon the train for a nearby hotel, centuries-old and practically empty, except for the staff. With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the passengers think they are safe, until one of them is found dead the next morning.

With no sign of rescue, and the storm continuing to rage, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate. Paralysed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no desire to get involved. But she is slowly coaxed back into her old habits as her curiosity and natural talent for observation force her to take an interest in the passengers and their secrets. When another body turns up, Hanne realizes that time is running out, and she must act fast before panic takes over. Complicating things is the presence of a mysterious guest, who had travelled in a private rail car at the end of the train and was evacuated first to the top floor of the hotel. No one knows who the guest is, or why armed guards are needed, but it is making everyone uneasy. Hanne has her suspicions, but she keeps them to herself.

Trapped in her wheelchair, trapped by the storm, and now trapped with a killer, Hanne must fit the pieces of the puzzle together before the killer strikes again.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2011
ISBN: 9781451634716
Branch Call Number: Mystery Hol
Characteristics: 313 p. 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Delargy, Marlaine


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Dec 19, 2016

(The eighth book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series)

Jul 20, 2016

I really disliked this novel, and quit about 3/4 of the way through. Perhaps it was the translation, but I found the writing very stilted and the characters quite stereotypical and difficult to care about. I don't think I'll bother with any of her other books.

Jun 16, 2016

What happened to Superintendent Stubo and Johanne Vik. I really enjoyed these two characters, much more than Hanne Wilhelmsen. Are these two characters ever coming back??

Dec 09, 2015

This book just didn't hold my attention. Yes, they are snowed in, and yes, it is hard to think when you can't get a moment alone, but still, the characters should be engaging instead of stereotypes. If the author hadn't kept telling us that Hanne really knew the answers but wouldn't share them with the readers, I might have like it more. The whole "nah, nah, nah, not gonna tell you" theme was annoying and not at all mysterious.

Oct 15, 2014

The beginning was promising. Something like Agatha Christie in a contemporary setting. But it turned out all very boring, especially the ending. And in the course of the story created the impression that not only the characters of the novel smell bad, in the literal sense of the word, but also the reader begins to feel uncomfortably, as if he decided not to wash himself as did characters of the book.

Feb 23, 2014

First book I read from this Norwegian author. Good thriller, suspense. A bit like Agatha Christie. not too gory, not too much hanky panky. Good week end read.

Feb 18, 2014

A truly crap novel. Well written but with the most absurd situations, plots and characters. Truly a waste of time.

There are just so many better authors out there.

Dec 19, 2012

Blind Goddess was better. 1222 interesting but really slow & repetitive to the point that I skimmed those parts. I felt there were several details avoided because she thought reader would be so caught up in the telling. Still consider Mankell the best of Scandanavian writers.

Jun 19, 2012

Unusual premise...kinda weird, really...but a good read. Enjoyed it.

mayfairlady Apr 23, 2012

Hanne Wilhelmsen is amongst the survivors of a train accident. From her wheelchair she observes her fellow passengers as they await rescue while a fearsome storm rages outside their temporary refuge. The number of accident survivors dwindle as first one, then another of the group is found murdered. Hanne, a former police officer, is reluctantly drawn in to the investigation of events.

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