Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Book Review: No Echo by Anne Holt

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Simon & Schuster, via Edelweissfor review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

This is the 6th book in the Hanne Wilhelmsen series, and it comes out later this month

no echo cover


One of Oslo’s hottest celebrity chefs is murdered and Hanne Wilhelmsen is called back into action in the sixth installment of the award-winning series from Anne Holt, Norway’s #1 bestselling crime writer.
When celebrity chef Brede Ziegler is discovered stabbed to death on the steps of the Oslo police headquarters, it sends a shockwave through the city’s hip in-crowd. Chef Ziegler had lots of famous associates. Could the culprit be among them or was this a random act of violence?

Police investigator Billy T. takes on the case, but he is stymied by conflicting information about what kind of man Ziegler was. It seems nobody really knew him, not even his glamorous wife, his business partner, or the editor of his memoir. While Billy T. struggles to crack the case, Hanne Wilhelmsen returns to Oslo after a six-month absence. Hanne discovers that not only had Ziegler been stabbed, but he had also ingested a lethal dose of painkillers. As the plot thickens, Hanne and Billy T. are pulled deeper into the nefarious world in which Ziegler lived. Was he who he said he was? And can those who claim to have known him best be trusted?

In No Echo, Hanne is determined to find the truth.


This book picks up months after Dead Joker, and while reading that book is not required, it does help to understand the emotional undercurrents surrounding the characters in the book. I have greatly enjoyed seeing how Hanne has evolved in this series, as her time in the police force wears on. In this book she has taken a sabbatical after the death of her partner and she is questioning basic human emotions more, and able to see under false pretenses more easily from her time way. And while she may not be leading the case on the current murder, she is the one who is able to make the viable connections, as she is reconnecting with her friends and adding new characters into her life. It is an interesting character study, as well as a police procedural and I highly recommend it!

About the Author

Anne Holt is Norway’s bestselling female crime writer. She was a journalist and news anchor and spent two years working for the Oslo Police Department before founding her own law firm and serving as Norway’s Minister for Justice in 1996 and 1997. Her first novel was published in 1993 and her books have been translated into over thirty languages and have sold more than 7 million copies. Her novel 1222 was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. She lives in Oslo with her family.

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