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Crimes of Passion
Imagine a younger, hipper, Swedish Miss Marple in the 50s and you have a sense of the flavor of this 6-part series. The mysteries trace the meeting and friendship of 2 academics, Novotny (Slim Susie) and Whalgren, and a Stokholm detective, Rapace (Skyfall).
Each of the 90 min. mysteries is delightfully complex and stylized. All are also definitely of the culture and era from which they sprung and are steeped in noir. There is barely a moment when a cigarette isn’t being lit up, a drink being poured, a femme fatal strutting, a woman being demeaned, or a man being a controlling ass. But, in addition to their own entertainment value, the mysteries serve as a spine for the journey of the three friends over several years. The structure is a bit like effect of Inspector De Luca, skipping through time to find the salient moments of a larger story… though this is a lot more fun and a lot less depressing.
Each of the offerings is a bit more adult than the typical drawing room cozy, but still not far from that formula, down to the gathering of suspects at the end of each episode. The dialogue is fun and the mysteries fair. If you enjoy the genre and are looking for a new or different voice, these are definitely worth your time. And keep watching for the starring trio, you will be seeing more of them in the coming years, of that I am sure.