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Ice Princess (Fjällbacka 1)

Ice Princess (Fjällbacka 1)

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2000s –  Fjällbacka is the coastal village where Camilla was born and raised. Its name derives from the imposing rocky outcrop that the village encircles.

  • ISBN: 978-0007416189
  • Translator: Steven T Murray
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

After the sudden death of her parents, author Erica Falck returns to her childhood home in the small west coast community of Fjällbacka.

She is coming back to sort out the childhood home – which her sister Anna wants to sell ( or rather her odious wife beating husband does). Whilst Erica is sorting that out, Alex, a school friend is found murdered – encased in an icy bath – the Ice Princess. Alex’s parents ask her to write about their daughter which involves her in the local investigation

Meeting up with the local detective Patrik Hedstrom, also a childhood friend of Erica’s, they both start to look more closely at the residents of the small coastal town. There seem to be an awful lot of secrets buried deep in the past.

Travel Guide

Fjällbacka has become very popular now that Camilla is famous as tourists and keen readers flock to its shores. Not as peaceful as it once was perhaps but a beautiful small town feel that is remote, quiet and calm – but like the water which is nearby, there are currents underneath the smooth surface.

The links of a small remote town and the issues of meeting up with and facing up to issues of the past are at the crux of Ice Princess. Erica and Patrik know the village well and have lived there as children. Returning home to sort our family affairs must never be easy, but it’s a homecoming which improves with their budding romance.

The mix of domestic life, family dramas in addition to the murder paints a picture of a long established yet insular community of people.  The small town thinking, the remoteness and the feeling of ‘ no where to turn’ spins the situation described on its head.

The characters are a perfect mix of a group of people that would live in such a remote village – Mellberg, the chief of police who has been stationed here after being moved from his post in the big city following an alleged altercation with a refugee, Patrick and his childhood sweetheart Erica, fishermen such as Eilert Berg who finds the dead body at the start of the book, and of course people who lived there years ago and who have secrets from the past that threaten their future….

To start your journey for real then we advise this fine website – visitsweden.com/Camilla-Lackbergs-Fjallbacka/ where Camilla shows off the place she was born and which inspired her crime novels.

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Booktrailer Review

Susan @thebooktrailer

A personal favourite of mine as this was the book that helped me learn Swedish. Granted the vocabulary wasn’t ideal for the classroom but this was a book that was so much more interesting than a text book! This was the story which introduced me to Fjallbacka and to Camilla Lackberg and her mix of cosy crime plus gritty reality in small town Sweden is a really unique one. I also love how the novel focuses on the main policeman and his girlfriend and that the characters are as strong as the stories.

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