MHz Home Entertainment has released three new DVD box sets in the International Mystery series. Let’s put it this way: Miss Marple, Mr. Holmes, Jessica Fletcher and Columbo would be baffled . . and greatly entertained by these who-done-what shows. Trust us.
Available now: New episodes of the French drama series “French Village” and the Swedish mystery series “Camilla Läckberg’s Fjallbäcka Murders, Set 1 & 2”. These titles add to the ever-expanding catalog of international crime and mystery television programming available in the U.S. through MHz Networks broadcast stations and home media, and soon on the re-launched MHz Choice subscription VOD Service.
“A French Village (Un Village Francais)”, starring Audrey Fleurot and Thierry Godard, chronicles the impact of World War II on a small village in central France. The German occupation changes the life of the village of Villeneuve forever, and as its residents come under the pressures of war, they make choices that are inspiring and heartbreaking. In this gripping drama, ordinary citizens become patriots, traitors, Nazi employees or activists. Beginning with the Germans’ arrival in June 1940, they endure five years of rationing, fighting and betrayals, and strain to keep some semblance of their existence intact. The war shatters all their lives, but a few of them, even in the shadow of destruction, reach out to find fleeting moments of connection and love.
Camilla Läckberg is one of the world’s most famous crime novelists who’s been published in more than 50 countries and has sold more than 11 million copies. “The Fjällbacka Murders” is based on the world of Läckberg’s character, Erica Falck, a successful crime writer and mother of three. She’s moved with her husband and children from the city to her hometown of Fjällbacka, a fishing village on a picturesque island off the coast of Sweden. Her return seems idyllic, but simmering beneath the village’s surface lie hidden secrets, twisted desires and deceit waiting to erupt into the ultimate sin–murder.
Here’s a breakout of each set:
“Camilla Läckberg’s Fjallbäcka Murders” (Set One):
“The Hidden Child”
A few months after Erica’s parents are killed in a violent car crash, a man arrives on her doorstep claiming to be her brother. Unconvinced, she asks him to leave. But when he’s found murdered a few days later, she begins looking through her mother’s things and discovers a long hidden secret that someone is very determined to keep secret
“In the Eye of the Beholder”
A well-to-do businessman is murdered and Erica’s sister was the last person to see him alive. Things get even more complex when Anna confesses that she spent the night with him. As the questions multiply and grow, it’s discovered that Anna’s common-law husband knew of the affair.
“Friends for Life”
When looking for the subject of her next book, her agent suggests basing it on an event from Erica’s own life. Looking back to her teenage years, she recalls the disappearance of her classmate, Peter. As she begins digging into the past, she sets off a chain of events that brings the mystery closer to home.
“Camilla Läckberg’s Fjallbäcka Murders (Set Two)”:
“The Sea, the Sea Takes”
When Erica finds photographer Stigge murdered in his studio, she can’t help but take interest in the investigation. She learns that her mother-in-law, Kristina, was one among many in the neighborhood whom Stigge had blackmailed. With this news, Erica begins to dig even deeper into his past.
“The Coast Rider”
The coast guard finds two amateur divers dead after a storm and then discovers that two more are missing. Erica investigates something that could link all of the victims together: the divers had salvaged a shipwreck from the 1820s, where they found intact bottles of wine worth millions at auction.
“The Queen of Light”
On a crystal clear, starry winter night a young woman dressed in a traditional Lucia gown is seen running across the ice. When she reaches an unfrozen channel, she drops her crown of candles in the snow and throws herself into the dark waters. As Erica investigates the case, she discovers the missing Lucia, a secret love affair and a man seeking revenge.