1222 by Anne Holt

I love Norway’s “påskekrim” (Easter crime fiction) tradition so I decided to read a Norwegian novel this weekend. I have to admit that this is the first novel by Anne Holt I have read (I know it is embarrassing…)


Finse hotel is located between Oslo and Bergen and it is very isolated at 1222 meters above sea level. When a train derails nearby during a massive blizzard, all the passengers are moved to the hotel. A man is killed the first night. Next night another person is found dead. The storm continues and the evacuation is delayed. The murderer has to be one of the 200+ people at the hotel. The story is told by Hanne Wilhelmsen. She is a retired police inspector in a wheelchair who gets involved in the case against her wishes.


It is a perfect scenario for a whodunit novel. We have a closed room and a limited set of people and Hanne has to rely on her observations to solve the case. I am surprised that I did not like the novel more than I did (I normally love whodunits). I cannot put my finger on it, but a lot of other people love the book and it was nominated for an Edgar Award in 2012. If you have read it, what did you think?


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