Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel from Norway s bestselling female crime writer set in an isolated hotel where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin turning up dead A train

  • Title: 1222
  • Author: Anne Holt
  • ISBN: 9781451634723
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, from Norway s 1 bestselling female crime writer set in an isolated hotel where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin 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 head for a nearby hotel, centuries old and pracNominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, from Norway s 1 bestselling female crime writer set in an isolated hotel where guests stranded during a monumental snowstorm begin 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 head for a nearby hotel, centuries old and practically empty With plenty of food and shelter from the storm, the evacuees think they are safe, until one of them turns up dead With no sign of rescue and the storm raging, retired police inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is asked to investigate Paralyzed by a bullet lodged in her spine, Hanne has no desire to get involved But when another body turns up, panic takes over Complicating things is the presence of a mysterious guest, a passenger who traveled in a private rail car and now stays secluded on the top floor of the hotel No one knows who the guest is, or why armed guards are needed Hanne has her suspicions Trapped in her wheelchair, trapped by the storm, and now trapped with a killer, Hanne knows she must act before the killer strikes again.

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    1. I had never heard of Anne Holt before - she's described as Norway's #1 bestselling crime writer. After finishing her latest book 1222, I can see why - and I will be hunting down her backlist.1222 features one of Holt's recurring characters - Hanne Wilhelmsen. Hanne is not a stereotypical protagonist. She's wheelchair bound, having been paralyzed from the waist down in a police shoot out four years ago. She's a lesbian, a loner and astute. Oh, and she really doesn't like people at all, even more [...]

    2. Why do I keep getting talked into reading books like these?Yes, I get it, Hanne is an anti-hero. She hates people. She is extremely, antisocial, embittered and intolerant…… hmm BECAUSE she’s a wheelchair user!? (Ta-da! Makes sense now doesn’t it?) Despite being gay, disabled, married to a Muslim, she still finds room to be totally repellent and prejudiced towards someone with Dwarfism (i.e. the doctor Magnus Streng.)I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I read her characterisation o [...]

    3. Norwegian crime novel starring Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police detective, paraplegic, lesbian, and semi-misanthrope. A powerful snowstorm hits Norway, and the train Hanne is taking from Oslo to Bergen derails. Miraculously, all 269 passengers survive—the only casualty was the train’s engineer—and hole up in a nearby hotel to wait out the storm. And that, of course, is when the murders start. Hanne Wilhelmsen is my new favorite detective: she’s a woman who takes advantage of the prejud [...]

    4. What could be more Norwegian than having your train break down and being trapped in an isolated mountain lodge for days during a blizzard while the wind howls and breaks the windows? Apparently secret service agents were aboard the train and there are a lot of mysterious goings on. Then the bodies start to drop. Detective Hanne Wilhelmsen happened to be on the train and she is coerced out of retirement to help solve the deaths. Hanne is confined to a wheel chair and seems to be trying to be as u [...]

    5. Back in November, I spent a day driving to various places for work, and so was listening to Radio 4 and there was an interview with Anne Holt who I had never heard of.She is Norwegian, and they were talking about the sudden popularity of Scandinavian crime books, the fact that she seems pretty scathing about Norwegians in her books and her latest book that had just been translsated and was about to be released in the UK – 1222. I added it to my wishlist, and was delighted to get an reminder o [...]

    6. Please note: I read and reviewed this book in Dec. 2011. Updating the formatting and adding a disclosure.Disclosure: I received a free e-galley copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.Genre: Mystery/Thriller/SuspenseReading Level: AdultMy Synopsis: Hanne Wilhelmsen used to work for the police until a bullet severed her spine between the 10th and 11th vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. She is on a train to Bergen in the middle [...]

    7. A mystery more typical of Agatha Christie than most Scandinavian authors. In fact, Ms. Christie is mention several times and I think this novel is meant as an homage to her. It is a “closed room” mystery—although the surroundings are a hotel by a train station. The train has derailed and the passengers are rescued, all during a howling blizzard. The severity of the blizzard keeps everyone in place and inside. One by one, their numbers decrease, sometimes through natural causes, but also th [...]

    8. The premise of 1222 interested me from the start. I wish I knew where I heard about this book. I thought the main character, Hanne Wilhelmsen, an ex-police woman, paralyzed by a bullet, living a bland life in her wheelchair, sounded intriguing. I didn't realize at the outset that it was the eighth in a series from Norwegian author Anne Holt but the first to be translated into English. It can easily be read as a stand-alone but you probably will want to know more about that bullet and some other [...]

    9. "Life is beautiful. Until vodka freezes", a friend of mine, Witek, used to say. Most of the action in Anne Holt's thriller "1222" happens when the temperature outside is below freezing point of 80-proof vodka.A train from Oslo to Bergen (Norway) crashes. All passengers, some 200 of them, luckily survive and find shelter in a nearby hotel. However, because of a monster winter storm combined with a hurricane of unprecedented magnitude, the hotel is totally snowed in and any rescue efforts from the [...]

    10. So I tried another Scandanavian mystery, this one by Norwegian writer Anne Holt and featuring a wheelchair-bound former policewoman named Hanne Wilhelmsen, the first of this series (I believe) to be translated into English. I liked what I read, though I'm not much into "closed room" mysteries. Granted that murders can occur in a setting like the one described in the novel, where a trainload of people are trapped inside a mountain hotel during a violent snowstorm; the set piece denouement, where [...]

    11. Esta es la octava novela de la serie Hanne Wilhelmsen. Aunque es un libro que se puede leer por separado porque nos explican detalles de la vida de Hanne, quiero leer toda la saga porque no todos los días te encuentras a una detective lesbiana y que además se encuentra retirada porque sufrió una lesión. Esta novela es narrada en primera persona por la detective y empieza con un accidente de tren, que dejó una única víctima, qué los obliga a permanecer en Finse 1222 a todos los pasajeros [...]

    12. I really love Holt’s Hanne Wilhelmsen series. 1222 is different than the other books in that the story is told by Hanne, in 1st person narrative, rather than 3rd. It also is the 8th book in the series, so if you like your series in order, as I do, you would not read this as a stand-alone without having begun at the beginning. Certainly, you can do this, but knowing Hanne’s extensive history is fairly important to understanding who she is now. Nonetheless, 1222 will work on its own. It’s a [...]

    13. 1222 metres above sea level the train travelling from Oslo to Bergen derails during the start of the worst snow storm in Norwegian history. With the snow and freezing temperatures getting steadily worse, the 269 passengers have no hope of a quick rescue and no choice but to take refuge in centuries old mountain hotel close to the crash site.The hotel has withstood anything nature could throw at it for hundreds of years and is well stocked so the passengers should be safe from the elements and in [...]

    14. The Short of It:A mystery that will hold you captive. Preferably, under a blanket with a cup of something warm to keep you company.The Rest of It:During what is quite possibly the worst snowstorm ever, a train on its way to Bergen, Norway derails at a point about 1222 meters above sea level. The passengers are taken to a nearby hotel where they are given food and shelter but they find themselves trapped as the weather continues to worsen.One of the passengers, Hanne Wilhelmsen, a retired police [...]

    15. I really wanted to like this. I read one of Holt's other books, but this one was justjustring. I didn't know till I got into it that it's not a stand-alone book but one of a series-maybe if I'd read the previous ones, I'd like this one more but I doubt it. Hanne, the main character and narrator, has been described as "unlikable" by other reviewers, but I think she's pretty much antisocial and was that way before the shooting that left her paralyzed. That doesn't bother me-what bothered me is the [...]

    16. An odd one, as in a more receptive mood I might've enjoyed it more. This Scandinavian crime thriller had a very interesting set-up (a train full of passengers is forced to hole up in a Norwegian mountain hotel, then as they're snowed in people get murdered) but for me it wasn't my kind of book. The cover blurb makes reference to similarities with Agatha Christie, and I can understand this, but the 'closed room' nature of the plot and the sassy, thoughtful, intelligent, observant female detective [...]

    17. This book has a fantastic premise and the first third is thrilling and engrossing. I was turning the pages in expectation of the suspense to continue to build.Unfortunately, for the rest of the novel, the suspense didn’t match my expectation. I enjoyed reading about the Hanne, however, for me there wasn’t enough character development regarding other characters. As such, I had reached the final third of the book without any real suspects in mind. The two clues given regarding the murderer wer [...]

    18. On the cover of the copy I borrowed from the library (I'm glad I didn't buy it!) it says: "Like a mash-up of Stieg Larsson, Jeffrey Deaver and Agatha Christie", and there are a couple of comments also mentioning Christie, who is one of my favourite writers, so I thought I would enjoy this book well, I didn't!I actually think the plot could be very entertaining if developed correctly: theres is a mention of Christie's "And then there were none" in the book, as they are also trapped with a murdere [...]

    19. Acho que sou uma pessoa que costuma ser camarada nas minhas avaliações dos livros lidos. Mas hoje levo em conta se consigo ler e me distrair, mais do que encontrar o pensamento mais complexo ou a linguagem perfeita. E por isso 1222 leva 4 estrelas. A versão brasileira do romance informa na capa que a autora é uma mescla de estilo de Agatha Christie e Stieg Larsson. Se eu avaliasse o livro por essa informação acho que nenhuma estrela seria dada, quem sabe uma. Como eu já não caio mais no [...]

    20. Η Anne Holt είναι μια ιδιαίτερη περίπτωση συγγραφέως καθώς πέρα από τις νομικές σπουδές της, διετέλεσε και υπουργος δικαιοσύνης της Νορβηγίας για μια σύντομη περίοδο στα μέσα της δεκαετίας του 1990. Το ''1222'' είναι, σύμφωνα με την ίδια, μια προσπάθεια απόδοσης τιμής σε ένα από τα εμ [...]

    21. I also was disappointed in this book mainly because it left too many questions unanswered.For starters, how could the killer carry a large icicle with her when meeting the second priest and not have him notice. I question that an icicle that had been indoors could even have been a murder weapon. Then if this priest had been murdered outside, are we to presume that the killer carried him down to the dog room without leaving a trace of blood? And how did she get into the dog room which we were tol [...]

    22. Hanne Wilhelmsen was travelling from Oslo to Bergen when train 601 crashed. Among the 269 passengers there are eight doctors from various fields including Magnus Streng. There are several priests including Cato Hammer who will be murdered during the first night in the snowed-in hotel where they have been welcomed until the end of the storm.Hanne is a retired police investigator. From her wheelchair she watches people, asks questions, tries to solve the murder and wonders who was in the sealed tr [...]

    23. I love a good locked room mystery and this book has a great premise - 269 passengers from a derailed train are forced to seek shelter in a snowbound hotel in Norway during a blizzard of biblical proportions. I loved the descriptions of the storm, the use of the Beaufort scale at the start of each chapter, and the claustrophobic feeling of the snow piling higher than the windows as the tension mounts inside.Fortunately for these folks, retired investigator Hanne Wilhelmsen is one of the passenger [...]

    24. More than a 100 survivors of a train wreckage are stuck in a Norwegian hotel during one of the worst winter storms of the century. A murder occurs. A misanthropic / paralysed / lesbian ex-cop has only 48 hours to solve the mystery it's like And Then There Were None with a Scandinavian atmosphere. Highly recommended for all the Northern European thriller lovers!

    25. Have read this one a couple of times before, this was my first audio listen! I've always loved Hanne Wilhelmsen and really hope Anne Holt makes her come back!So happy Hanne is back!! Listening to Offline at the moment, and tomorrow I'll get "I stoft och aska"

    26. Quite enjoyed this, mainly because of the setting. It's a classic locked room story with a gathering and confrontation near the end, lots of Agatha Christie references (Hanne even mentions her "little grey cells"). A train crashes at a high point on the railway between Oslo and Bergen, and the passengers take refuge from the severe snowstorm in a mountain hotel - and then the murders begin, plus a couple of other unrelated deaths thrown in for good measure. I think this is the first time we have [...]

    27. “You had guns,” Geir insisted. “Yes. But we are actually very keen not to shoot anyone. The balance of terror, you know. The deterrent effect. Our guns are primarily there to maintain peace.”Love this quote. The US could take a hint from the Scandinavian countries when it comes to dealing with guns. So I loved 1222. It’s got that Agatha Christie vibe for the modern world. Great indifferent protagonist Hanne who can barely tolerate people much less be pulled back into crime solving afte [...]

    28. Another good old mystery set in the confined space of a snowed in hotel with a blizzard raging outside and a murderer within. It's in the style of Agatha Christie with a retired and reclusive detective on the trail. Lots of twists and turns that kept me guessing who the murderer was.

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