Fjällbacka Murders: Set 1 (Foreign Television Series – Sweden)
Based on Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling Swedish mystery series set in, you guessed it, Fjällbacka, a beautiful seaside village that naturally hides murder and mayhem behind its picture perfect façade. Erica, a crime writer married to a local policeman, manages to find herself involved in various crimes and their solutions.
Three short movies of about 90 minutes in length make up the first set. In The Hidden Child a man arrives on Erica’s doorstep claiming to be an unknown half-brother and she sends him away. After digging through her deceased mother’s effects she begins to wonder if the man could really be her brother only to find him murdered in his room. An Antiques Roadshow type of program comes to Fjällbacka in The Eye of the Beholderbringing murder along with the cast and crew. Finally, in Friends for Life, Erica is reminded of her best friend from childhood who disappeared when they were teenagers. She starts to dig around trying to find out what happened to Peter years ago but someone keeps silencing anyone that may have information.
These aren’t cozy “mystery writer solves mysteries” stories like Murder She Wrote, yet they have that small town feel. I didn’t get the feeling that if I happened to show up in Fjällbacka I would end up either dead or accused of murder like often seemed the case with visitors to Cabot Cove. (I never understood why people kept going there or befriending Jessica Fletcher, just seemed dangerous!) Like Läckberg’s books these are well-constructed mysteries that give you the clues, but still keep you guessing. I liked them so I’m going to watch Set 2.