“Murders at Barlume”
A New Detective Series
“Murders at Barlume” is a colorful new mystery based on the novels by Marco Malvaldi. It is set in the idyllic beach resort town of Pineta on the beautiful Tuscan coast where we meet Massimo Viviani (Filippo Timi), the recently divorced owner of the bistro, Barlume. Massimo is a man who loves puzzles of all kinds, and his sharp mind comes in handy when he frequently moonlights as an amateur detective, helping to solve strange crimes along with the gossipy gang of eccentric septuagenarians who come to his bar. The series is an irreverent mix of mystery, comedy and Italian charm.
From the producers of Detective Montalbano comes a new series of quirky Italian mysteries! In the idyllic town of Pineta on the beautiful Tuscan coast, recently divorced Massimo Viviani owns the local watering hole, Barlume. He also moonlights as an amateur detective, solving strange crimes with the gossipy gang of eccentric septuagenarians who frequent his bar.
Vivani and the ladies share a passion for chats, cards and drinks and a peculiar eye for discovering murders often causing them to put themselves into situations that are the cause of a lot of trouble. Vivani’s guesswork annoys the investigations of Detective Vittoria Fusco, the police officer in charge in town, who asks for his help in solving cases.
Below are synopses of the first six episodes:
1.”The King of Games” (Episode 1 of 6)
Massimo gets enmeshed in a tricky mystery after a car accident claims the lives of a prominent political aide and her son.
- “The Highest Card” (Episode 2 of 6)
The Barlume gang investigates rumors about a local restaurateur, and Massimo has to hire a new waitress.
- “The Crap Tombola” (Episode 3 of 6)
The funeral of Massimo’s uncle is interrupted by the murder of a local pharmacist, and some of the Barlume gang are suspects.
- Game For Five
Massimo investigates the murder of a young girl found in an abandoned building, and his love life goes from zero to complicated.
- “Chinese Whispers” (Episode 5 of 6)
Massimo finds the body of a well-known psychic in the trunk of a car, and the Barlume gang finds a suitcase full of money.
- “Action-Reaction” (Episode 6 of 6)
A Russian man collapses and dies while drinking at Barlume, and Massimo has to solve the case to save his business.
The characters have great chemistry and there are a lot of laughs. The acting is excellent all around.