THE FJÄLLBACKA MURDERS
Following the death of her parents in a car accident, author Erica Falck (Claudia Galli) and her policeman husband inherit the parental home in the Swedish coastal town of Fjällbacka, described by their lawyer as “Paradise on Earth” but – as this first series of TV films based on Camilla Läckberg’s novels proves – essentially Sweden’s answer to the county of Midsomer when it comes to murders and dark secrets.
It is seldom the speediest of dramas, but Falck’s investigations – a tad more muted than those encountered by that other writer-turned-detective Jessica Fletcher ( Murder She Wrote) – are nevertheless big on atmosphere. Not the gloom and darkness of typical Nordic Noir, though; directors Marcus Olsson, Richard Holm and Rickard Petrelius take full advantage of Fjällbacka’s vibrant scenery, using the available colour palettes wisely to clearly define place and time across each story.
In terms of plot twists and ideas, there’s arguably not very much here that’s genuinely groundbreaking or surprising, but the stories’ principal theme – that past events and actions always impact on the present – certainly lingers in the memory well after the end titles have rolled.
Visit Fjällbacka – lovely scenery, high body count.