It wasn’t our intention to plan a summer holiday which takes in the locations of popular Scandi-thrillers but we do seem to have created a fly-drive itinerary which may well require me to adopt a mean and moody attitude, a few distinctive tats and the odd piercing just to get into the spirit of the trip.
It all started with our visit to Copenhagen last Easter when I was oblivious to the fact that The Killing was soon to grip the nation and we’d all be coveting Sarah Lund’s sweater. Steve, from Bloggertropolis, can’t get enough of ‘supercool, supersexy actress..Sofie Grabol’ and would dearly love her woolly jumper which she seems to be giving away to uber-fans (Camilla Parker-Bowles for one) but unfortunately, not Steve. Take heart, my friend: it’s probably a bit scratchy anyway.
All fired up with the trendy, chic, gorgeousness of the Scandinavia we got a sniff of last year, our unintentional crime trail will be taking us first to Stockholm, where Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy is largely based. We have booked the Nobis Hotel, our splurge choice for four nights, on account of its central location, inter-connecting rooms and because of the interesting history of the hotel: it used to be the bank where a hostage situation coined the term ‘Stockholm Syndrome’. It was only when the booking had been made I discovered the hotel had been used by the cast and crew of the US movie version of ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’. Is Daniel Craig’s room available? I want that one.
Another stop on our trip is Ystad, home to Kurt Wallander, another Swedish detective. I’ve been encouraged by Kate from The Five Fs Blog, to read the original books by Henning Mankell which place the action in the bleak winter months in Southern Sweden. I shall certainly do this, Kate, but I’m hoping the weather will be more like that seen in the sunny BBC adaptation with Kenneth Branagh sauntering around this pretty seaside town. Fingers crossed.
This weekend I learned that there is a yet another Scandinavian thriller about to hit our screens, in the shape of The Bridge. A collaboration between Danish and Swedish TV companies, the plot centres on the body of a woman found in the centre of the Oresund Bridge which connects Denmark to Sweden. I caught sight of this magnificent bridge last year from the air and had already planned to see it a little closer from the Swedish side when we visit Malmo in July. But now I have one more Scandinavian cop to emulate. This one is a strong, slightly awkward loner; the blonde, booted and leather-clad Saga Noren. Am I never going to get a chance to wear a floaty dress and flip-flops?
Of course, this Scandinavian detective fervour has been fuelled further by Norwegian author, Jo Nesbo: my husband is currently devouring his books at a rate of knots. I’m now wondering, as we will be travelling along the west coast of Sweden during our holiday, shall we take a quick diversion north to Oslo, pop in on Harry Hole and then we’ll have done the lot?