More Scandinavian sleuthing by Oslo Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen.
We meet Hanne in Italy where she fled on the death of her partner, Cecilie.
Back in Oslo, fellow Chief Inspector Billy T is holding the fort in her absence, but struggling with work and chaotic home lives (plural).
When the body of a celebrity chef is found on the steps of the police HQ, Billy T’s world starts to unravel. Things only get more complicated when it turns out that Brede Ziegler had been murdered twice over.
And then Hanne returns, which only serves to rub salt into his emotional and mental wounds.
I particularly like that on the opening page of this novel, we encounter Hairy Mary, the oldest whore in Oslo. We get to learn a lot more about Mary who, as Hanne eventually realises, is the key witness to this confusing crime.
Hanne Wilhelmsen, once a detective and Chief Inspector in the Oslo Police force, now wheel chair bound following a shooting that severed her spinal cord, finds herself involved in a train crash high up in the northern mountains at Norway’s highest station, Finse.
With a blizzard raging outside, murder and mystery ensue – who are the four men from the private carriage, and why is the Foreign Secretary so keen to keep their existence a secret?
There have been lots of other changes in Hanne Wilhelmsen’s life too – at least since the end of last novel in the series I’ve read so far – Cecile is no longer around, and Hanne and her new partner Nefis have a daughter, Ida.
Following on from Blessed Are Those Who Thirst (but still not spanning the gap up to The Lion’s Mouth), Chief Inspector Hanne Wilhelmsen is slowly settling into her new role when the manager of a foster home is found sat at her desk, stabbed in the back. Olav, the home’s newest arrival, is missing.