This is the 8th book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series. I've only read one book before and I wasn't a fan: too political and boring for my taste. This one could be read as a standalone and, even if it's still very political, it is so much fun. After her train crashes in the mountains, Hanne gets stuck with the rest of the passengers in a hotel during a snow storm. There is a murder and many suspects. The survivors quickly form different groups that seem to reflect the Norwegian society: a right-wing xenophobe, the lost teenagers, the people who keep to themselves, the older crowd, the dog lovers (I know which gang I'd join)... There is also another mysterious group that may be part of the government and may be guarding a terrorist (or a member of the Royal Family, depending on who you ask). There are rumors, arguments and all-out fights. Hanne will have to figure out whodunit, before the weather breaks and they can be rescued. Again, I don't necessarily agree with Anne Holt's political views and yet, I was really into the plot. This shows how you can make a point and still keep your readers entertained. I must say that I didn't completely understand the ending, and it may be that I'm missing part of the backstory - so loyal readers will probably be rewarded more than the rest of us.
Hanne is now in a wheel chair - and is on her way to a medical assessment, when her train derails in an isolated mountain resort in Norway. The blizzard storm of the century is in progress and the people on the train are stranded at a local hotel. Then a murder occurs. Those who know who Hanne is, recruit her assistance in the matter There are several stories occurring -who was in the secret last coach car that was added to the back of the train and is now under heavy guard? Who would want to kill the priest who was found murdered in the deep snow? And then, a second murder occurs - the stranded survivors of the train accident are in chaos and terrified. Keeping people calm becomes a major concern As I was reading the book, I became so engrossed in the story that I felt I was actually snowed in :)
I read this one twice! 1222 is written from the point of view of Hanne Wilhelmsen who is confined to a wheelchair on the first floor of a ski resort that is pummeled by the worst blizzard on record. The derailment of the train which was to take her from Oslo to Bergen caused all passengers to be housed in the local resort. A large, diverse group closely confined gives the retired police detective fodder for observation. One mysterious death is followed by another: tension escalates. In the meantime, the blizzard rages and a fearfulness settles over the group. Throughout my first read I was so interested in the who-done-it that I neglected to play close attention to the limited point of view and to all of Hanne's musings and suspicions. I rated the novel a three. The second time I read the novel, it took on a life of its own and I thoroughly enjoyed Hanne's mental processing. The logic was superb and her chats with the doctors who had also been on the train added to the intriguing development. This time I felt 1222 was a solid five! I will be looking for more novels by Anne Holt!
I spent the whole weekend immersed in snow. This Swedish adventure is very clever, and intriguing from page one to the end and even beyond. I will be thinking about it often. I hadn’t read the first in this series, where the detective is still in the police force, before she is shot, but I immediately took to the woman in a wheelchair who, in spite of having closed the door on her career, can’t help getting involved in solving crimes that occur after the train she is on derails and 118 people are stuck in a hotel during a blizzard. After all, didn’t the extra car at the end get special attention? Were there not guards? And why were these few unidentified riders sent to a separate apartment at the top of the lodging?
The atmosphere is at first stunningly sober, i. e., “The rest of us just sat down in our Norwegian way, and turned into a little piece of Norway.” In the second and third days the group gets restless. Hanne, imprisoned in her wheelchair, is a cynic -- “I am allergic to the word ‘values.’” She discourses internally on a number of large topics, especially religion, as two of the murder victims and several fellow travelers are priests. Most of the time she is evaluating the situation and trying to understand just who is in the group, their true identities and possible motives. There is a secretive couple who may be Muslim and perhaps even the enemy. A lone passenger holds tight to his computer and it is thought he might be involved in illegal financial dealings. A scruffy runaway boy finds a Goth girl companion, and Hanne is intrigued, especially when he makes a list of the passengers and items they took off the train in extraordinarily beautiful handwriting. Gradually she makes friends with other obvious misfits.
Each chapter is define by a storm rating and a description of conditions outside and inside the hotel. Some of the best descriptions of snow and ice, literary gems, come near the end – and it is worth reading every word.