Walk in the footsteps of Camilla Läckberg’s crime fiction characters

Fans of Scandi-crime fiction won’t want to miss Fjällbacka during a visit to West Sweden. Neither will fans of beautiful scenery. The famous Swedish crime writer, Camilla Läckberg, sets her novels in this idyllic fishing village on the west coast, 1.5 hours drive north of Gothenburg.

Camilla Läckberg, Swedish crime writer from Fjällbacka. Photo: Bingo Rimer

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Beautiful and wonderful – every minute of it.




“Beautiful and wonderful – every minute of it.” That sums up Susan and John Petty’s three days traveling through West Sweden, as winner of the Facebook contest for Volvo Overseas Delivery customers. They began their Swedish adventure in Gothenburg, travelling onto Stockholm and finishing on the west coast.

“We had read the first three Camilla Läckberg novels to try and get a feel for the geography of the area. While very good reads, they didn’t fully prepare us for the stunning natural beauty or the delightful experiences we encountered.” Their first day was spent exploring Fjällbacka. “The streets of the village provided a great afternoon of exploring on our own, and Bryggan Fjällbacka was a convenient and very comfortable hotel, with a very good restaurant.”

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Läckberg’s Real Fjällbacka

Photo: Hans Schub

Camilla Läckberg’s hugely successful crime novels are set in her hometown of Fjällbacka: A small idyllic fishing village perched on the rocks by the edge of the North Sea. In terms of hard-boiled crime real-life Fjällbacka hardly holds a candle to it’s fictional counterpart. It is however a beautiful–and supremely peaceful–spot to spend your vacation. (It was Ingrid Bergman’s summer hideaway for decades.) Läckberg doesn’t live there anymore, though she still visits regularly. Right now she is in the midst of the making of the film version of The Fjällbacka Murders.  We managed to catch up with her for some quick tips on where to go and what to do when there. Continue reading…

The Swedish West coast in Cannes

Cannes: Richard Ulfsäter, Claudia Galli, Camilla Läckberg and Per Hanefjord

Cannes: Richard Ulfsäter, Claudia Galli, Camilla Läckberg and Per Hanefjord

The renowned Cannes Film Festival is in full swing at the moment! It saw the unveiling of Fjällbacka Murders based on Camilla Läckberg’s crime fiction novels and filmed on Sweden’s west coast in the dreamy fishing village of Fjällbacka. The film crew and the crime novelist queen herself attended the festival, check out the pics.

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Crime à la Camilla Läckberg

Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg has already conquered Sweden and Europe. Now her focus is on the United States. The dream is to hit the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

She is one of the hottest crime writers in Sweden today, having sold three million books in Sweden alone and 6 million worldwide. Camilla Läckberg grew up in the picturesque fishing village of Fjällbacka, on the Swedish West Coast north of Gothenburg. And this is where all her detective stories play out.

Now her crime novels are being translated into a 10 x 90 minute television series based on the characters from her novels. The series, called “The Fjällbacka Murders” will be set in the very same small village, Fjällbacka, as she was born and where all her novels take place. “It’s the most beautiful place in the world—just to take a boat out in the archipelago is a magical adventure”, Läckberg said when we interviewed her in 2010.

www.nordstjernan.com met with Camilla Läckberg at a book signing at the Greenwich Avenue book store Partners & Crime in New York earlier this month: