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1222 by Anne Holt
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Apr 21, 2012

really liked it

I really enjoyed this Scandinavian mystery, which seemed a bit like a British cozy, as set in a snowed-in hotel with a limited number of suspects. I had my eye on the knitting woman as the killer, but turned out to be wrong. A unique heroine, who though in a wheelchair and super-ornery, manages to befriend several people and solve the mystery. Lots of comments on what it means to be Norwegian, so a nice cultural aspect. It made me think of a paper I just had students read: Swedishness as an Obstacle to Cross-Cultural Communication, in which Norwegian (and other) people complain about how reserved the Swedes are. Compared to Hennig Mankell's and other Swedish mysteries, this one positively draws you in, though the heroine is not overly brimming with human kindness. So, there must be something to this: maybe Norwegians really are warmer than Swedes :) (no offense intended to any Swedish people who might be reading this)!

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message 1: by Featherbooks (new)

Featherbooks Like me, Kat! I'd love to see that paper. We were raised to believe the Swedes are much more convivial and fun-loving.

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