Our favourite amateur detectives, Puck and Einar Bure (Tuva Novotny and Linus Wahlgren), must run up tiny bills at their home in Stockholm – they are hardly ever there. This week saw them freeloading in Berslagen again, this time with Puck’s Uncle Tord, a Lutheran minister, in his sprawling vicarage. Well, it is Christmas.
A young girl sitting at a table opens a parcel and is overjoyed to find a novel. She shakes its leaves apart expectantly and when she finds there is nothing else within the book she looks stricken. She goes walking through the snowy landscape outside and wades Ophelia-like into a nearby lake. So far, so intriguing; from this pre-credits vignette we take it that the novel is somehow a message to the girl – but what was missing that drove her to suicide?
This week’s episode would have been more accurately entitled ‘You Can Never Go Home Again’ because when our intrepid amateur gumshoes Puck and Einar (Tuva Novotny and Linus Wahlgren) return to Einar’s home village of Skoga they find themselves tripping over yet another corpse. As we are fast learning, no one should invite these sleuthing hobbyists as houseguests because they suffer from that well-worn TV bromide, the Jessica Fletcher syndrome – murder follows in their wake.
This week’s episode of the attractive, Swedish period whodunit almost went all Inspector Morse on us, as the title – King Lily Of The Valley – is taken from a work by 19th century poet Gustaf Fröding. In floriography lily of the valley (highly poisonous and quite sexy according to a recent botanical study) signifies the return of happiness and is a common flower at weddings. So when our sleuthing trio rocks up at the chocolate-boxy village of Skoga for the wedding of an old pal we know it can only bring a whole bouquet of skulduggery – weddings being a staple of murder mysteries.