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Room No. 10 (Inspector Winter #7)

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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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Peter Riva
Dec 16, 2014 Peter Riva rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 30, 2014 Cheryl rated it did not like it
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
Jul 25, 2014 Barbara rated it it was ok
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
May 16, 2014 Athena rated it did not like it
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
Jun 26, 2013 Elyn rated it it was ok
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.
Jon Frum
Dec 27, 2014 Jon Frum rated it it was ok
Goodreads says two stars represents 'It's OK,' so that's what I gave it. This book is a good example of how the sum of flaws can pull down an otherwise enjoyable book. The crime(s) are interesting enough, and the protagonist is fine. I actually enjoyed the fact that there is finally a detective who loves his S.O. and children, and isn't an alcoholic. My father was a cop, and wouldn't recognize today's boozy, miserable policemen.

Now the flaws. Throughout the book this device is used: the charact
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
Aug 24, 2015 Mark rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery

I generally liked this whodunit, but I would have to say that Ake Edwardson is no Henning Mankell. This novel, set in the 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 of gloom
Sep 03, 2013 Danita rated it it was ok
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
Jul 05, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Jun 14, 2013 Jeffrey rated it really liked it
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
May 23, 2014 Clashton rated it it was ok
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
Angela Dunlop
Ive just finished this book - whilst I mostly I enjoyed sections, there were two things that ticked me off.

One was the American words used through out. If this book has been translated for the world wide English speaking community then perhaps English words should be used. I was extremely annoyed to read MOM when they were talking about a boys MOTHER ( multiple examples of this). Also a PERIOD instead of a full stop. And on it goes.

The second issue I had was the regular time shift in the story b
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.
May 14, 2013 EDian rated it did not like it
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.
May 02, 2013 Naomi rated it it was ok
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.
Audrey Driscoll
Jan 03, 2016 Audrey Driscoll rated it really liked it
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who doesn't like slow-moving, moody books set in Scandinavia. Much of the 400-plus pages are devoted to atmosphere, in particular to light -- the way it falls on trees and buildings, what it illuminates, and what it leaves in darkness. The detectives are similarly treated, with random thoughts and perceptions given loving detail; Erik Winter feeling the warmth of the wooden floors in his apartment, for example, and thinking about how he installed them, br ...more
Lorrie Brown
Mar 23, 2013 Lorrie Brown rated it it was ok
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.
Valérie L.
May 27, 2015 Valérie L. rated it liked it
Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. Once I got passed (used to might be a better word) the awkward writing style, it became pleasant and I spent six hours straight reading it. However, the reason I am only giving it 3 stars is solely based on the writing style.

The back and forth between past and present was okay, but it would have been nice to be warned ahead of time (either by those three starts seperating both paragraph or the past written in Italic). Also, the constant "Yes. No. Yes." thing
Jan 06, 2016 Corlia rated it really liked it
"Room No. 10" is the seventh book in the Inspector Winter series. To me it is important to read the books in order and all of them so that you can get use to Åke Edwarson's way of presenting his police force. if you want something like the CSI TV series you will be dissapointed. Crime scene investigation do play a role in these books but in a more realistic way time wise. More strenght are put on the mental process of the detectives, the word games they play and brain storming sessions to gind t ...more
Jun 06, 2014 Dlhmoore rated it it was ok
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
Thomas Limone
Slow to start, it's difficult task this author takes, in blending of events from 18 years ago, a previously unsolved Inspector Winter's case, a missing person, one of his very first cases as a very green policeman.... Fast forward, a suicide or murder in the same room in the same hotel. Winter tries to tie the two cases together, he is working on hunches and his gut feelings, not a bit of evidence nor confessions. At the books conclusion it is clear and simple case, but getting there is a tense ...more
Sep 21, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
The mystery part of this book was good. The pace really picked up towards the end, but I wasn't sure which suspect was the killer until the end. Winter is actually my least favorite member of this team; I liked his interaction with them but Winter's personal life isn't as interesting to me as his work life.

I felt like there were a few loose ends left here; also, there's too much slow, brooding introspection on Winter's part. And I found it hard to believe that this crime took so long to solve an
Michael Sentman
Sep 23, 2014 Michael Sentman rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery, series
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 really liked it
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
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
Lukasz Pruski
Sep 11, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it it was ok
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
Jul 07, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok
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
Mar 11, 2013 Luanne Ollivier rated it liked it
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 -
A Book Vacation
Feb 18, 2013 A Book Vacation rated it did not like it
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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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what the hell happened at the end??? spoilers very welcome 2 10 Dec 27, 2014 10:16AM  
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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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Inspector Winter (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Shadow Woman (Inspector Winter #2)
  • Sun and Shadow (Inspector Winter, #3)
  • Never End (Inspector Winter, #4)
  • Frozen Tracks (Inspector Winter, #5)
  • Sail of Stone (Inspector Winter, #6)
  • Vänaste land (Inspector Winter, #8)
  • Nästan död man (Inspector Winter, #9)
  • Den sista vintern (Inspector Winter #10)
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