Hidden in snow

Viveca Sten, 1959-

Book - 2022

"On the day Stockholm police officer Hanna Ahlander's personal and professional lives crash, she takes refuge at her sister's lodge in the Swedish ski resort paradise of Åre. But it's a brief comfort. The entire village is shaken by the sudden vanishing of a local teenage girl. Hanna can't help but investigate, and while searching for the missing person, she lands a job with the local police department. There she joins forces with Detective Inspector Daniel Lindskog, wh...o has been tasked with finding the girl. Their only lead: a scarf in the snow. As subzero temperatures drop even further, a treacherous blizzard sweeps toward Åre. Hanna and Daniel's investigation is getting more desperate by the hour. Lost or abducted, either way time is running out for the missing girl. Each new clue closes in on something far more sinister than either Hanna or Daniel imagined. In this devious novel by the bestselling author of the Sandhamn Murders series, discover what it will take to solve a case when the truth can be so easily hidden in the coming storm" -- Back cover.

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Åremorden ; [1]
Detective and mystery fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Seattle : Amazon Crossing 2022.
Item Description
"Previously published as Offermakaren by Forum in Sweden in 2020" -- Title page verso.
Physical Description
444 pages ; 21 cm
Main Author
Viveca Sten, 1959- (author)
Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Stockholm police officer Hanna Ahlander, the heroine of this outstanding series launch from Sten (the Sandhamn Murders series), heads home in tears one evening after a conversation with her hated boss, who accused her of being insubordinate and undisciplined, and threatened to fire her unless she seeks employment elsewhere. Hanna isn't sure she can tell her live-in boyfriend, Christian, about the situation, but once back at the apartment they share, the issue becomes moot as Christian makes it clear he's leaving her for another woman; he gives her a week to move out, since it was originally his apartment. Hanna quits her job and moves to Åre, a ski resort where she once unhappily vacationed with her parents, who called her "our little mistake." She winds up joining Åre's tiny police force, headed by Daniel Lindskog, a loving but overworked new father, and together they uncover a grisly murder, violent teenage boozing, and an exploitative trafficking scheme. Readers will root for Hanna as she strives to overcome adversity and prove her worth. Scandi noir fans won't want to miss this one. Agent: Anna Frankl, Nordin Agency (Sweden). (Sept.)

(c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved Review by Library Journal Review

Sten's ("Sandhamn Murders" books) first installment in the "Åre Murders" series, narrated by Laura Jennings, follows the disappearance of 18-year-old Amanda Halverson, who went missing after a winter holiday party in the ski resort of Åre, Sweden. Stockholm police officer Hanna Ahlander is staying at her sister's ski lodge in the area, recovering from job loss and a broken heart. When she hears about Amanda's disappearance, her police training kicks in, and she joins the search. The weather is bitterly cold, with snow and wind hampering the rescue efforts. Hanna ends up joining the Åre police force, working with Detective Inspector Daniel Lindskog to uncover the truth about what happened to Amanda. As they do so, more sinister activities come to light, and Hanna finds that she may have become a target herself. Jennings skillfully portrays Sten's vivid characters and brings out the broad range of emotions and the effect of violence on this small town. VERDICT A perfect recommendation for readers of Scandi noir. Share with fans of Karin Fossum and Sara Blaedel.--Joanna M. Burkhardt

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