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Room No. 10 (Inspector Winter #7)

3.35 of 5 stars 3.35  ·  rating details  ·  412 ratings  ·  75 reviews
A YOUNG WOMAN IS DISCOVERED hanged in a room in a decrepit hotel, and Gothenburg’s Chief Inspector Erik Winter must try to figure out what happened. As Winter looks around, he realizes that he was in the same hotel room many years earlier, when it was the last known location of a woman who subsequently disappeared and was never found. The two women seem to have nothing in ...more
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Simon & Schuster (first published January 1st 2005)
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Cheryl
I was attracted to this book solely based on the book cover. This is kudos to the book cover design department. Then when I read the premise for this book I was intrigued. You can never go wrong with a murder in the beginning chapter of a murder mystery. I like where the story was going but it is really dragging. Thus far I got to chapter 13 and still not much has happened. Inspector Winter was still trying to figure out more about the victim and her connection with the prior murder. In fact, I ...more
Peter Riva
Okay, I'll admit it, I'm the agent here, but having read this a few times, I still get the chills... there are some spine-tingling moments that just don't fade even when you know they are coming. Like a really intelligent movie experiencing it again (and it is an experience) doesn't diminish the tension. Wonderful writer.
Elyn
I guess I need more action in my mysteries....this was lots of description is short little bursty sentences. The plot may have been interesting but I found myself skimming just to finish it and cross it off.
Athena
I won this book through Goodreads First-Reads.

This was the worst detective murder mystery I have ever read. It reminded me of Ruth Rendell's "The Babes in the Wood" with Inspector Wexford. Both stories were extremely boring because the plot focused more on the internal thoughts of the detectives than the actual mystery itself. That's because the mystery contained nothing entertaining.
In "Room No. 10" Erik Winter is in charge of the investigation of a young woman who is found hanging with one han
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Paul Pessolano
“Room No. 10” by Ake Edwardson, published by Simon and Schuster.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

This is another mystery/thriller that has come out of the hot bed of mystery/thrillers, Sweden. Edwardson is one of Sweden’s best selling authors and this is one of several books featuring Chief Inspector Erik Winter.

Winter is called out on a case at the Hotel Revy, a run down hotel that is to be closed. A woman, Paula Ney, is found hung and it looks like a suicide, except forensics determines that she has
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Mark

I generally liked this whodunit, but I would have to say that Ake Edwardson is no Henning Mankell. This novel, set in the northern Swedish city of Gothenberg, involves a series of murders of women, and a mysterious use of white paint on their bodies by the criminal.

The case also involves a particular hotel room, thus the title, and the fact that one woman was killed there and another had disappeared after using the room nearly 20 years before.

While Room No. 10 shares the Swedish noir attributes
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Sharon
3.5 stars
When a woman is found hanging in room #10 in a shady, run-down hotel, Inspector Erik Winter realizes that he has been to this exact room before- almost twenty years earlier while investigating the disappearance of a seemingly happy housewife, a mystery that was never solved.
Although this is the 7th novel in the series, readers should have no problem jumping right in. Give yourself a few pages to get used to the authors writing style, then you'll find your attention captured by Winter a
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Jeffrey
Certainly a much better book than his last, Sail of Stone, Room No.10 was an very well thought-out and intricately layered mystery that offers readers teasing clues as to the solution but keeps pulling the rug out from under us - Edwardson spent a lot of time here taking us into Winter's past as a young police officer and that added a significant amount of depth to his characterization - I also very much appreciated how Edwardson doesn't have Winter solve the case too quickly - he manages to mak ...more
Barbara
Spoilers ahead:

I will give this book two stars because I finished it and did not feel any negativity towards it (some thrillers take the reader to a place of such depravity and perverseness that I want to bathe after reading them).

I liked the cast of characters and wanted to know more about them.

The plot was disappointing, and it did not hold together for me. There were too many things left unexplained: why the painted body parts? One an arm, one just a middle finger-huh? Why the hidden bag of
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Clashton
I found this book to be somewhat tedious. This dragged out the plot too much - too much interviewing the same people over and over again with nothing added to the plot, too much of Winter's personal life that was not interesting in the way that, say, Kurt Wallander's personal life is interesting. Too many meetings that go nowhere. The resolution was pointless, and felt like "ok, we got to tidy this mess up somehow, and get the book finished".

There was an "empty hours" atmosphere that was quite p
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Izzyreads
Finished reading Room No 10 today and agree with many of the previously posted comments. It is a good story and held my attention to the end but I would have preferred if the pace was a bit faster in the middle of the book and perhaps a bit slower towards the end. I like the character of Chief Inspector Erik Winter and would read more of this series if it should cross my path.
EDian
Like watching paint dry? Like reading descriptions of how long and boring it is to watch paint dry? This is the book for you. I could only read about three pages at a time before dozing off. Yes, it is a murder mystery. Here' s a mystery. How many Gothenburg detectives does it take to solve a crime? Only the one, but lets bring in 7 move to confuse the plot.
Naomi
Meh, I could never get into this book. The writing was very dry compared to a better chunk of the author's contemporaries. The characters and the storyline left a whole lot to be desired.
Lorrie Brown
I was really looking forward to reading this one....but I really struggled through it. It took too long to see the connections and was quite muddled.
Dlhmoore
Another one of my Scandinavian mysteries. This is a new author for me.

Unfortunately I found this book rather difficult. It could be because of the Swedish names or just the fact that the story seems to meander and at times bog down.

The story is about two murders, 18 years apart and at times it's difficult to know which murder you're reading about. One character changes her name a couple of times and I had thought that perhaps it was the translation that didn't help.

As usual, everything is reso
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Michael Sentman
A very well written murder mystery book. The writing is kind of like that of fellow Nordic writer Stieg Larrson of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but not nearly as detailed or methodical. Still, it was very well written and I enjoyed the plot. Like nearly all of the straight forward murder mystery novels I have read, this book followed suit and was slow to start and get through the middle of it. These sections are obviously very important and kept the mystery alive before reaching the climax an ...more
laura m
Apr 28, 2014 laura m rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: scandi/euro crime fiction readers
actually, it's really hard for me to rate this.
it was a very interesting read and I just rushed through it in a matter of a friday and saturday and then as it was nearing the end, things started to get more and more complex and unclear and I just thought to myself, did I miss something, did I misunderstand something or what the hell? I couldn't totally grasp why, how, why only now and many more questions. there are no discussions or spoilers for me to put my mind at ease so I have no idea what t
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Dana
Received this book as a First Reads giveaway.

DCI Erik Winter tries to solve a murder of a young woman in a hotel room. The same hotel room involving another case a young Detective Winter worked on 18 years earlier.

This was hard to read, because it was so slow for the first 300 pages. I don't know if that was due to the translation into English, or if the translation mimicked Edwardson's actual writing style. I really can't tell. I would have stopped reading much sooner, but I felt compelled to
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Lukasz Pruski
The setup of Ake Edwardson’s “Room No. 10” is intriguing. A 29-year-old woman is found hanged in room No. 10 of a hotel in Gothenburg, Sweden. Chief Inspector Erik Winter leads the investigation. 18 years earlier, in one of his first cases, he was investigating a disappearance of a 29-year-old woman who visited the same room in this hotel before she vanished.

The plot moves quite slowly, which I like a lot. Reading most mysteries and thrillers these days feels like one were watching a movie at tr
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Susan
Far from the best of the Erik Winter mysteries, Room No. 10 makes a tenuous virtue of the detective's mid-life crisis. A married version of James Bond, Erik has it all: great taste in wine, Scotch, food, clothing and jazz, an attractive and high-earning doctor wife, two adorable little daughters, a private income, a mother conveniently situated on the Costa Brava, a big apartment, a good job as a chief inspector in the Gothenburg private investigations department, and the prospect of an idyllic ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Room No. 10 is the seventh entry in Ake Edwardson's Inspector Winter series, but is a first read of this author for me.

Erik Winter is a Chief Inspector in Gothenburg, Sweden. He is called to a bizarre death in a decrepit hotel - in Room No. Ten. It appears to be suicide by hanging, but why in the world is her hand painted white - and the note left just doesn't ring true for Winter. And he is disturbed by the setting - Room No. 10 was the first homicide that he investigated as a young policeman -
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I’m sorry to say that this novel isn’t for me. The back and forth style just didn’t do it for me this time, whereas I usually love it. I think the fact that Edwardson meshed the murders together made it somewhat difficult for me to follow along, whereas one moment Winter is a seasoned detective investigating the murder of a young woman found hanged in a seedy motel, and the next he is a babe on his first detective detail, investigating the disappearan
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John Brooke
Ake Edwardson’s Room No 10 is another weirdly captivating read featuring Chief Inspector Erik Winter, head of the Gothenburg homicide squad.

I say weirdly captivating because when he is not sipping single malt, puffing imported cigars and letting his mulling mind travel through the difficult spaces of free-form jazz, so much of the Erik Winter series moves to the exasperatingly slow rhythm of cops talking to each other, inching toward insight. Ake Edwardson excels at creating the intuitive non-p
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Susan
A terrific book by a terrific Swedish mystery writer. Though long, really kept my attention. Led the reader through many - interesting - labyrinths. As usual, I never suspected the perpetrator! The strange, mysterious death of a woman (did she write the suicide note herself? Was she forced to write it? Was this suicide?) Erik Winter remembers an case from many years before, one of his first cases as a detective. There appears to be no substantial connection, but Winter can't let go of his memori ...more
Kolleen
Room No. 10 sounded really intriguing to me, plus my library has been raving about this book so I thought I'd give it a try. A woman is found hanged in a hotel room. Her hand is mysteriously painted white. After the detective has a flashback of a crime eighteen years earlier, he realizes there was a missing woman that was never found and was last seen in this same exact room. They must be connected.

What sounds like a great thriller is actually a little disappointing. It was okay. It started out
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Rachel Hall
I wonder if I would have enjoyed this book more had I picked an earlier one out of the series, but needless to say I didn't because I didn't realize until it was too late. But either way, I found it a bit slow but appreciated the overall methodical detective approach used by the me main detectives. I enjoyed the authors very descriptive approach to scenery, I think that aspect may have actually been my favorite. Sure there were mildly creepy parts, but overall I guess I found this lacking when i ...more
Kay
While I can totally understand other reviews my thoughts about this book is that Erik Winter is no common detective. He is constantly rethinking his own life and past cases. In this book he has not let go of a case from 18 years ago. As we flip back at times to remember that case the current mystery becomes more and more complex. Interwoven are snippets of his own life. There maybe too much "thinking" here but honestly, if you had a loved one murdered wouldn't you want Erik Winter to be in charg ...more
Tom Gorski
I realize many reviewers said the book too slow a read and, while a Baldacci page turner it is not, I found it quite well written and it may be better described as "deliberate" rather than "slow". Yes there is a great deal of introspective thought and descriptive paragraphs but, rather than put off by it, if one takes the time the story is literate and rewarding. Sometimes I find myself driving fast for no reason at all and when I slow down things are more peaceful and I become more observant - ...more
Danita
As the story progressed I found myself intrigued and in parts the rhythm of the writing was somewhat lyrical and thought it gave me insight into the character. But then after awhile I began to find it annoying and the story became plodding, bogged down and meandering. The mood and atmosphere it created in one section either disappeared or became distracting in the next.

I don't think this really warranted being a 400+ page read. Throwing other names of character or two at the end who were only v
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Ritja
Erik Winter muss zu einem Tatort, der ihn an einen fast vergessenen Fall erinnert. Eine junge Frau wird erhangen in einem billigen Hotel (Zimmer Nr. 10) aufgefunden. Ihre Hand ist weiß (von Farbe). Auf dem Tisch liegt ein Abschiedsbrief, an den keiner so richtig glauben mag. Winter hatte vor knapp 20 Jahren einen Fall - eine junge Frau - Ellen - wurde vermisst und nie aufgefunden. Zusammen mit Halders, Ringmar und den anderen Kollegen gehen sie auf Spurensuche. Immer wieder geraden sie in Sackga ...more
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what the hell happened at the end??? spoilers very welcome 1 7 Apr 28, 2014 12:51PM  
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Åke Edwardson is a Swedish author of detective fiction, and a professor at Gothenburg University, the city where many of his Inspector Winter novels are set. Edwardson has had many jobs, including a journalist and press officer for the United Nations, and his crime novels have made him a three-time winner of the Swedish Crime Writers' Award for best crime novel. His first novel to be translated in ...more
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