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Murder in the Alps is a Hidden Object Game developed by Nordcurrent and released in October 2018. It tells about Anna Myers, a journalist from Zürich who lives in the time period between the World Wars. Anna tends to find herself involved in mysterious stories and strange events, using her investigative skills to find out the truth behind them. She must do that by finding clues, gathering helpful objects, and solving puzzles.
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The game has been divided into several parts which all have their own chapters.

  • Part 1 takes place in Hotel Reger and a nearby town in the Swiss Alps in 1932-1933.
    • Chapter 1, Deadly Snowstorm: Anna takes a small vacation at the remote Hoter Reger just as a snowstorm secludes it from the rest of the world. The hotel guests start dying one by one under mysterious circumstances, so Anna must figure out which one of her fellow guests is the murderer.
    • Chapter 2, The Phantom: Immediately after their arrest, the murderer of the previous chapter becomes a murder victim. Anna must find out who has killed them and why.
    • Chapter 3, Atlantic Connection: A month after the conclusion of Deadly Snowstorm, Anna is asked by Otto Reger, Hotel Reger's owner, to aid in finding his friend who has gone missing in circumstances involving smuggling.
    • Chapter 4, Dancing with the Beasts: Anna is forced to find a solution to the catalyst that started the misfortunes of Hotel Reger.
  • Part 2 takes place in the Italian town of Porto Ceso in 1929, at the foothills of the Italian Alps.
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    • Chapter 1, The Heir: Anna is invited to a press event in Milan, but on the train ride, the president of the renowned Molinelli Industries becomes murdered.
    • Chapter 2, Exiled Dead: A week after the conclusion of The Heir, Porto Ceso is spooked out by the dead supposedly leaving their graves and appearing across the streets, something that happens every two nights per month. Not believing in ghosts, Anna decides to find out what's truly going on with the "walking dead".
    • Chapter 3, Unforgiven: While on her way to the first court hearing of the murderer of The Heir, Anna stops by at Porto Ceso and ends up uncovering the truth behind a tragedy that took place a decade earlier.
    • Chapter 4, The Only Redemption: Porto Ceso is celebrating Maria's feast day, and Anna is invited by Officer Cozzi to take part in it. Unfortunately, the small holiday ends up turning into another murder case.
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  • Part 3 and its Chapter 1, The Dada Killer, are unreleased.

Be careful of Late Arrival Spoilers listed under the sequels.

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    In General 
  • '50s Hair: Anna has a short and wavy hairstyle, though the game is set in the '20s and '30s.
  • Aborted Arc: Exiled Dead begins with Anna reading from the newspaper that with both Aldo Molinelli and Mario Molinelli dead and the company stock dropped, it's unknown what will happen to Molinelli Industries. Anna wonders on the side if Aldo's widow Silvia will take over. This gave potential for Silvia to return in the following chapter which was originally titled as The Widow. However, that chapter had a completely different story to offer and was eventually retitled as Unforgiven. Said chapter gave another Fauxshadow due to Anna being invited to the first court hearing in the trial of her former friend Osvald Bernstein, with her waiting for it in Porto Ceso. With the next chapter titled as The Only Redemption, it was easy to expect that it would be some kind of a closure for Osvald and Molinelli Industries. However, The Only Redemption takes place two months after Unforgiven, with nothing mentioned about Osvald, Silvia or Molinelli Industries.
  • The Alcoholic:
    • Fabio Verno from The Heir drinks constantly and acts aggressively as the result, especially towards his boss Aldo Molinelli.
    • The murder victim of Unforgiven, Flavio Riva, became a heavy drinker after he returned from World War I. It got worse after his best friend Roberto Fiore died by his hand. The fisherman Adriano who's introduced in the same chapter is another example.
  • Art Evolution: Anna's hair was originally long enough to reach her shoulders, but when Unforgiven was released, her hair turned into its current, shorter version, and the change was applied to all the released chapters.
  • Ascended Extra: Rinaldo Fiore first appears in The Heir as an unnamed background character standing at the door of his flower shop. In Exiled Dead, he has become a minor character with a name and speaking lines. And finally, in Unforgiven, he's heavily involved in the plot as the ex-husband of Irene Hoffman, father of the posthumous Roberto Fiore, and murderer of Flavio Riva, his son's (accidental) killer.
  • Big Bad Friend:
    • In Atlantic Connection, Otto Reger's friend and smuggling partner, Gerhard Wagner, turns out to be a Sturmabteilung agent who has pretended to be Otto's friend for all the years they've known each other, murdered Father Lenz, and tries to force Otto to let the Brownshirts continue using his hotel for their smuggling operation.
    • In The Heir, Osvald Bernstein is Anna's old acquaintance and very supportive of her. However, he's the one who murdered Aldo Molinelli, and he tries to murder Anna when she investigates too much for his liking.
  • Catchphrase: The recurring characters in Porto Ceso tend to express their shock by saying "Mio Dio".
  • Connected All Along:
    • It's revealed during the course of Deadly Snowstorm that some of Hotel Reger's guests are more connected than was previously let on. Mr. Petersen foiled Giovanni's effort to release a record and get a promotion in La Scala. Professor Clark and Professor Kinsky studied at the same university and were good friends until Kinsky eloped with the girl Clark was going to marry. Walter is a fan of Professor Clark's work.
    • It's revealed in the climax of The Heir that Osvald Bernstein is the cousin of his murder victim Aldo Molinelli through Aldo's estranged aunt Flora Molinelli.
  • Creepy Basement: Hotel Reger's cellar has some of the most creepy discoveries and moments to offer. In Deadly Snowstorm, the body of Dr. Hartmann is discovered at its entrance, and later Anna is trapped there by the murderer until she manages to unlock the door. In Atlantic Connection, Father Lenz is found murdered there, and Anna must defuse the time bomb she finds there.
  • Dies Wide Open: When Professor Kinsky, Dr. Hartmann and Claudia are discovered dead, they have their eyes opened.
  • Dumb Blonde: Inverted. Our blonde heroine is better at solving mysterious crimes than the police.
  • Elopement: Two examples which happened years ago.
    • It's revealed at the end of Deadly Snowstorm that Professor Clark and Professor Kinsky's friendship ended because the girl Clark was going to marry ran away with Kinsky.
    • The one revealed in The Heir has a much larger impact on the plot. Osvald Bernstein's mother, Flora Molinelli, married Albert Bernstein even though her father didn't hide his dislike of Albert. Flora and Albert fled to South America to escape Mr. Molinelli's scorn, causing the latter to disinherit his daughter (as well as his future grandson Osvald) in retaliation.
  • Fair Cop: Luigi Affini is a good-looking police officer in Porto Ceso.
  • Frame-Up: A recurring theme.
    • After the murder spree of Deadly Snowstorm has continued for some time, Claudia attempts to implicate Giovanni Rossi in Mr. Petersen's death by leaving in the backyard the record Giovanni was unable to release because of Mr. Petersen. She also wears Giovanni's stolen shoes when she locks Anna up in the cellar, making him look all the more suspicious.
    • In The Phantom, Claudia and Helmut's murderer tries to make Professor Clark look guilty by carving on the corpses Shaivist symbols and placing a book written by the professor in Claudia's belongings. This fails because the assassin neglected to take into account that Professor Clark is specialized in Vedism instead of Shaivism, and while he wrote the book, it was owned by Walter McCain.
    • In The Heir, Osvald Bernstein plants around incriminating evidence so that either Silvia Molinelli or Fabio Verno will be deemed guilty of Aldo Molinelli's murder.
    • In Unforgiven, Rinaldo Fiore murders Flavio Riva and tries to frame the fisherman Adriano as the murderer.
    • In The Only Redemption, Adriano's girlfriend Regina Valentini and her secret lover Cesare Casale attack Officer Cozzi, tie him up against a tree, and try to incriminate Adriano so that they can be together more.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Anna is a blonde reporter who'll always make sure that the guilty are apprehended and no innocents are falsely convicted.
  • High-Class Glass: The wealthy industrialist Christian Petersen and Osvald Bernstein, a long-time employee and friend of the wealthy Molinelli family, both wear a monocle.
  • Humble Hero: Anna. While first meeting Theodora Cozzi in The Only Redemption, she modestly undermines her past exploits in Porto Ceso by saying that Luigi and Officer Cozzi did all the hard work, with Luigi immediately saying that it was thanks to her that their previous cases were solved.
  • Implied Love Interest: Luigi Affini. Though he isn't explicitly implied by the game to be Anna's love interest, he has been shown to be the most empathetic police officer towards Anna, and he often tours Anna around Porto Ceso.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Nazi Party in the first part. All the villains appearing in said part are Nazi operatives.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Officer Giuseppe Cozzi, Porto Ceso's police commissioner from Part 2. Anna even calls him by the trope name soon after first meeting him.
  • Guile Hero: Anna will foil the criminals through logic and cleverness. A special mention goes to unmasking the murderer of The Heir through an Engineered Public Confession.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Our journalist heroine Anna Myers will always solve the case.
  • Lennon Specs: Professor Charles Clark from Part 1 always wears black round glasses.
  • No Name Given: The names of some prominent characters, like the police officer of the Alpine town and the two assailants from Dancing with the Beasts, are not revealed.
  • Protagonist Without a Past: Not much information is known about Anna's backstory, other than that she is a young journalist from Zürich. Other than that, close to nothing has been currently disclosed about her family and life before journalism. She mentions in The Heir that her clockmaker grandfather taught her to fix most common problems. Even Anna's age is unknown. The only time Anna's family was mentioned was during the game's holiday event in 2019, where Anna was shown to be staying at home to celebrate the winter holidays with her family and friends as well as helping her uncle with his boutique.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • The unnamed police chief of the Alpine town from Part 1 is always willing to aid and listen to Anna.
    • Officer Cozzi once he's presented with solid evidence. Don't expect him to be too willing to listen before that, though.
  • Replaced the Theme Tune: Once the player reaches Part 2, the main theme for the game changes. The theme song is replaced, the game's background changes from the Alps to a steam train, and the season changes from winter in Part 1 to summer in Part 2.
  • Snow Means Death: Since Part 1 takes place in the snowy Alps, every death that takes place in it could count, regardless of whatever the death happens inside or out in the snowy atmosphere.
  • Time Travel: Only applies for the player. Though Part 2 is unlocked after Part 1, the events of Part 2 actually took place nearly four years before the events of Part 1, meaning that Part 2 is a prequel. In fact, in Exiled Dead, Gerhard Wagner is implied to be one of — or even the leader of — the smugglers. Gerhard would have already been apprehended by Anna in Atlantic Connection, but since Exiled Dead was set four years before the events of Atlantic Connection, Gerhard was still out in the run during Exiled Dead.
  • Witch with a Capital B:
    • In Deadly Snowstorm, Giovanni calls Claudia a witch when it turns out that she incriminated him and spent a night in his room just to give herself an alibi.
    • In The Heir, Paola calls Silvia a witch when she's convinced that the latter murdered Aldo.
  • You Monster!:
    • In Atlantic Connection, Anna calls Gerhard (whom she has realized to be the villain) a monster when the latter appears to hold her at gunpoint.
    • Silvia Molinelli says this in The Heir when Osvald Bernstein nears the end of his Motive Rant about why he murdered her husband Aldo Molinelli.

    Deadly Snowstorm 
  • Book-Ends: The chapter starts with Anna arriving to Hotel Reger's courtyard in her car and ends with her leaving the hotel in her car.
  • Bound and Gagged: When Giovanni is believed to be the murderer, he's tied up and gagged.
  • Closed Circle: A snowstorm leaves Hotel Reger's telephone lines dead and the only road to the town covered in snow for a couple of days, forcing the hotel's residents to manage with the mysterious killer who cannot be any other than one of them.
  • Deadly Doctor: Two of the murders are committed with acidic substance and a syringe, indicating that the murderer has medical experience. The culprit turns out to be Mr. Petersen's nurse, Claudia Perret.
  • Dwindling Party: There's originally Anna and ten other people at Hotel Reger. Five of them are murdered by Claudia. In The Phantom, Claudia herself is murdered, as well as Father Lenz in Atlantic Connection. By the time Dancing with the Beasts is concluded, only Anna, Otto, Professor Clark and (supposedly) Giovanni Rossi are alive.
  • Fake Nationality: An In-Universe example. Claudia was born in Munich and got married in France. After divorcing her husband, she returned to Germany, but she continued to present herself as a French woman while she became a Nazi covert agent.
  • He Knows Too Much: Basically, all the murders Claudia commits are a series of increasingly ill-thought-out efforts to keep her mission a secret. Professor Kinsky finds her rummaging through his luggage and threatens to tell about it to the police and all the guests. Ulla discovers on Kinsky's neck the puncture mark left by Claudia's syringe and plans to tell this to Dr. Hartmann. When Dr. Hartmann is about to show Anna and Walter something he has discovered, Claudia shoots him without knowing that his discovery has nothing to do with the murders. Mr. Petersen grows suspicious of his nurse and keeps demanding straight answers from Claudia until she offs him. And finally, when Giovanni is believed to be the murderer and tied up, only Walter remains suspicious of Claudia, so she kills him as well.
  • Honey Trap: Claudia spends a night with Giovanni in the latter's room in order to have an alibi regarding Mr. Petersen's death.
  • Immortality Immorality: While discussing with Professor Clark about Soma, Father Lenz brings up the question of what would happen if the elixir could grant immortality and ended up in the possession of opportunistic and evil people. Mr. Petersen agrees, stating that it wouldn't be good if Professor Clark would get the attention of the Nazi Party, which has been looking into occult practices. The murderer is indeed trying to kidnap Professor Clark and bring him to her Nazi superiors who are interested in his work on Soma.
  • Immortality Inducer: Professor Charles Clark has recently discovered a millennia old recipe of Soma, a Vedic ritual drink that supposedly grants immortality. He doesn't know if it works since he hasn't found all the ingredients, but he nevertheless becomes targeted by the Nazi Party due to their interest in Soma.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The story begins with Anna driving to Hotel Reger's courtyard during a snowstorm in late evening.
  • Lightswitch Surprise: When Anna is first about to enter the hotel's cellar, the entrance is so dark that she needs to turn on the switch. She discovers Dr. Hartmann lying dead, with a gunshot wound in his chest, and Walter standing over the body with a gun in his hand.
  • Locked in a Room: Anna is at one point locked up in the cellar, so she must pick the lock to get out.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: The deaths of Professor Kinsky and Ulla Lund are staged to look like they were both caused by a sudden heart attack. It's only after a puncture mark is discovered on Ulla's neck that everyone realizes that there are no natural heart attacks involved.
  • Not What It Looks Like: The Lightswitch Surprise example. Walter arrived after Dr. Hartmann was shot to death and took out his own gun as a precaution.
  • Only Bad Guys Call Their Lawyers: Once Anna exposes the murderer and the police arrives, they refuse to say anything without seeing their lawyer.
  • Snowed-In: The titular snowstorm results in the only road from Hotel Reger to the nearest town to be blocked by snow.
  • Spurned into Suicide: After Mr. Petersen dies, Claudia claims that he committed suicide because he couldn't stand that his nurse couldn't return his feelings, especially after he saw her with Giovanni. She's lying, of course.
  • Stupid Evil: Claudia murders five hotel guests to keep them quiet about her activities. Unfortunately for her, each murder and her efforts to cover up her involvement leave around many clues for Anna to pick on. Besides, the entire murder spree doesn't get her close to accomplishing her mission to kidnap Professor Clark. Said failure gets her killed immediately in the next chapter.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Ulla Lund doesn't get to say anything more than "Hello, Anna." before becoming the second murder victim. The first victim is in turn never seen alive.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Professor Clark and Professor Kinsky studied at the same university and used to be good friends until Kinsky ran away with the girl whom Clark wanted to marry. Due to this, Clark threatened Kinsky before they re-encountered each other at the hotel, making the former a plausible subject in the latter's murder. He turns out to be innocent.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: After murdering Dr. Hartmann, Claudia screams for help and pretends that someone she couldn't identify attacked her in her room (she later tries to direct suspicions towards Walter who was the first to arrive in her room). This convinces about everyone of her innocence.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Claudia whenever she cries.

    The Phantom 
  • Big Blackout: The town suddenly goes dark in the evening, so Anna must fix the fuse box. She believes that the murderer cut the power in order to get rid of the evidence and fled.
  • Carved Mark: When Helmut and Claudia are found dead, some strange Hindu symbols have been carved on their arms, making this look like a case of ritual killings. Professor Clark verifies that the symbols are Shaivist and too modern to have any ritualistic significance. The assassin trying to frame the professor neglected to take into account that Clark is an expert of the Vedic branch of Indian religions, not Shaivist.
  • Impersonating an Officer: Anna deduces that the killer infiltrated the police force that arrested Claudia in the previous chapter. Since the policemen were both from the town and an unnamed city, both groups believed the assassin to be from the other. This also allowed him access to the keys to Claudia's cell and the antique shop.
  • Karma Houdini: The murderer gets away scot-free.
  • The Killer Becomes the Killed: Claudia, who murdered five persons in the previous part, is murdered in her cell by a Nazi operative.
  • You Have Failed Me: Since Claudia failed in her mission to kidnap Professor Clark, her superiors in the Nazi Party dispatch an assassin to eliminate her as well as her partner Helmut Grass.

    Atlantic Connection 
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When the police chief tells the villain that he's arrested for committing crimes against their country, the latter asks sarcastically if that includes cutting the hotel's telephone lines.
  • Back for the Dead: Father Lenz from Deadly Snowstorm makes a return, only to be killed early on in this chapter.
  • Cut Phone Lines: When Anna realizes that Gerhard is a Brownshirt, she attempts to call the police, only to discover that Gerhard has cut the hotel's telephone lines.
  • Easily Forgiven: Though Otto confesses his involvement in Gerhard's smuggling, the police officer believes that he'll be granted a pardon for his role in uncovering Gerhard's criminal ring.
  • False Friend: Gerhard has all along faked being Otto and Father Lenz's friend. He ruthlessly murders Lenz in order to scare Otto, and when he holds Otto and Anna at gunpoint, he admits that he never cared about Otto's war experiences.
  • It's All My Fault: Otto first says this when Father Lenz's body is found, saying that Lenz wouldn't have been killed if Otto hadn't involved him in smuggling. He says this a second time when Anna finds a ticking time bomb in the cellar.
  • Oh, Crap!: Anna freaks out when she discovers Gerhard's membership to the Brownshirts.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Gerhard establishes that the Brownshirts didn't take it well when he, Otto and Father Lenz quit smuggling, so they decided to either force the trio to surrender the hotel to them or kill them.
  • Taking the Bullet: When Gerhard is about to shoot Anna, Otto takes the bullet for her.

    Dancing with the Beasts 
  • Big Damn Heroes: Anna and Otto find Professor Clark by saving him from wolves.
  • Blood from the Mouth: When the second assassin's wounds catch up to him, he spits out blood before collapsing on the snow.
  • Book-Ends: The chapter begins with a cinematic showing a wounded man running in a snowstorm as he leaves blood in his tracks. The same cinematic closes the chapter, expect that it also shows the man collapsing on the snow as wolves surround him.
  • Bound and Gagged: Anna finds Otto tied up and gagged in a room with an open window so that he'd freeze to death.
  • Braving the Blizzard: Averted from the heroes' part; Anna and Otto know they can't be of any help to Professor Clark if they get lost in a snowstorm, so they wait for it to clear off before they start searching for him. Neither do they and the police officer see any point in trying to chase the remaining villain in another snowstorm. The wounded villain doesn't get very far in the snowstorm as he eventually collapses and is surrounded by wolves.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Anna finds an amulet portraying the Rigvedic deity Yama. Once it's confirmed to belong to Professor Clark, Anna returns it to him. The amulet later saves the professor's life by taking the bullet aimed at him.
  • Continuity Nod: You'll discover in the hotel room number 8 a broken phonograph record which you need to reassemble with glue in order to get forward. This is a reference to Deadly Snowstorm where you have to fix in that same room the broken record of Giovanni Rossi, the occupant of said room, with glue.
  • Disney Death: After the second assassin flees, Anna sees Professor Clark lying limb on the floor after being shot. Fortunately, he wakes up and reveals that his Yama amulet prevented him from being pierced by the bullet.
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear: One of the assassins is discovered to have been mauled by wolves. As the other one succumbs to his wounds in a snowstorm, he's surrounded by a wolf pack as the ending cinematic closes.
  • Faking the Dead: Anna decides that the only way the Nazi Party will stop pursuing Professor Clark is to have him fake his death so that he can flee somewhere far away.
  • Good Luck Charm: Professor Clark owns an ancient amulet portraying Yama, the Rigvedic deity of death and justice. He says it always brings him luck, even though he isn't superstitious. The amulet ends up bringing him luck as a Pocket Protector.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The ending cinematic darkens as the dying assassin is surrounded by wolves, with only the sounds of him being teared apart coming afterwards.
  • Hidden Depths: The police officer is revealed to like playing a piano.
  • Locked in a Freezer: A variation where Otto is left Bound and Gagged in a room and the window is left open so that the nightly mountain air will freeze him to death. When Anna finds him, he's close hypothermia.
  • Mythology Gag: You'll discover at one point a vinyl record titled as "Murder in the Alps — Exiled Dead".
  • Outfit Decoy: Anna devices a plan to stage Professor Clark's death by placing a mannequin wearing the professor's clothes in Hotel Reger's dining hall. When the assassin enters the hotel at night and realizes the ruse after shooting the dummy's head off, he's surrounded by Anna, Otto and the officer.
  • Pistol-Whipping:
    • When a wolf is about to attack Otto, he wards off the attacker by using his rifle's stock as a bludgeon.
    • When the last assassin takes his gun back from the officer, he uses it to knock the latter down before shooting Professor Clark.
  • Pocket Protector: Professor Clark is shot in the climax, but his life is saved by his Yama amulet taking the bullet for him.
  • Psychotic Smirk: The second assassin makes one right before he seizes his chance to attack the officer as everyone turns to look at Professor Clark and forgets to keep an eye on the villain.
  • Savage Wolves: There are wolves running unusually close to the hotel. Anna and Otto end up having to rescue Professor Clark from being eaten by wolves. However, both of the assassins trying to kill the professor are torn apart by wolves.
  • Super Window Jump: The remaining assassin escapes in the climax by jumping out of Hotel Reger's window.

    The Heir 
  • Blackmail Backfire: Vincent Freeman witnesses the murderer leaving the train in a hurry after committing the murder and demands from them 50 000 Lira in exchange for their silence. They end becoming murdered as well.
  • Break the Cutie:
    • Paola is a sobbing mess when Aldo dies, and she takes her own life for this. Counts as Kill the Cutie as well.
    • Mario Molinelli in the backstory could count as well; while suffering a serious seizure, he cried out to his sister, Flora, seeing how she left the family while he was still a young child. Being forbidden to see or contact Flora by their father made the situation worse.
  • The Chessmaster: Osvald has carefully planned in advance on how to murder Aldo unnoticed, plant around incriminating evidence to ensure that everyone will blame Silvia and/or Fabio Verno for the murder, and inherit Molinelli Industries from his dying uncle. The plan is executed without a hitch until Anna ruins everything.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Silvia Molinelli starts out as one of the mundane sort of suspects. However, she becomes prominent in the climax of the episode, since she reveals the story of how the Big, Screwed-Up Family began — along with piecing the evidences together that reveal Osvald is the murderer. She also plays a pivotal role in getting a confession out of him.
  • Driven to Suicide: Paola, unable to cope with Aldo's death, kills herself by jumping from the cliffs.
  • Engineered Public Confession: This is how Anna unveils the murderer. She has Silvia provoke Osvald into making a Motive Rant about his reasons to kill Aldo while Anna and the policemen secretly listen.
  • Evil Nephew: Though Mario Molinelli is unaware of it, one of his longtime employees, Osvald Bernstein, is his uterine nephew. In order to seize the ownership of Molinelli Industries, Osvald murders Mario's only child Aldo and tricks his old uncle into making him his heir.
  • Foil: Osvald Bernstein with Fabio Verno. They both had a grandfather who founded a company, but while Fabio was the head of Verno Tires until he was forced to sell the company to Molinelli Industries and start working for them, Osvald was never able to become anything more than an accountant for Molinelli Industries because his grandfather disinherited Osvald's mother. Fabio never hides his resentment of the Molinellis or his desire to get his company back, making him a likely suspect in Aldo Molinelli's murder. Osvald in turn hides his bitterness towards his mother's family quite well, becoming their close friend and craftily murdering his cousin Aldo in an effort to gain possession of Molinelli Industries.
  • Foreshadowing: When Osvald tells Anna about the downfall of Verno Tires as the reason for Fabio Verno's bitterness towards the Molinellis, he states that if he were in Mr. Verno's shoes, he'd kill Aldo. Turns out Osvald did kill Aldo for more or less the same reasons.
  • Freudian Excuse: Osvald lived in poverty after his mother was disinherited for marrying against her father's will. He was then employed by his grandfather's company as an accountant, but he bitterly watched from the side as his cousin Aldo enjoyed a privileged life for free. Believing that he deserves to own Molinelli Industries after thirty-five years of working for the company, he schemes to get Aldo out of the way in order to become the only legitimate heir to the company.
  • He Knows Too Much: The murderer tries to crush Anna by dropping a large stone on her as she continues her investigation that's more thorough than Officer Cozzi's. Osvald also murders Vincent Freeman who tries to extort money from him in exchange for not telling to the police how Osvald hurried from the train around the time of Aldo's murder.
  • I Have No Son!: Happened in a backstory. When Flora Molinelli married Albert Bernstein against her father's wishes and ran away from home, he disinherited and disowned her, going so far as to forbid her mother and little brother Mario from ever contacting her again. Flora and Albert's son Osvald, who has for decades worked as an accountant in his grandfather's company, murders his cousin Aldo in order to inherit the company for himself.
  • Inheritance Murder: Osvald Bernstein is the son of Flora Molinelli, the estranged and disinherited elder sister of Aldo's father, Mario. Desiring to own Molinelli Industries, he murders his childless cousin Aldo and makes his ailing uncle Mario sign a will that would make Osvald, the only remaining descendant of Flora and Mario's father, the new head of the company.
  • It's All My Fault: After Paola commits suicide, Anna feels responsible for it due to not realizing how seriously depressed the girl was over losing Aldo.
  • Motive Rant: The murderer is tricked into making this under Silvia's provocations to get an Engineered Public Confession out of them.
  • Parental Abandonment: As part of Osvald's Freudian Excuse, Albert Bernstein, Osvald's father, left Osvald and his mother due to the stress of poverty and moving around town with no food for days.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: As part of Osvald's Motive Rant towards Silvia, the former gripes to the latter about how she and Aldo have had an easier life than him even though out of three of them, Osvald has toiled the most for Molinelli Industries, and as such, deserves to own the company more than Silvia or Aldo.
    Osvald: Do you know what it is like to work hard for your family? […] Of course you don't… because everything was given to you for free! I worked as an accountant for 35 years in Molinelli Industries. Working and working and working… I am a Molinelli, I worked hard for my family, while Aldo did nothing! And now… he owns the whole company, and I own nothing… it is not fair. He dishonored the family name with his affairs, and looted the company coffers to pay for your shopping, your new houses, your private tennis courses. He had to go. […] He dishonored the family name. You stole from the family bank. It is not fair. I am a Molinelli. He had to go. You have to go too…
  • Red Herring: This is what Officer Cozzi calls Vincent's blackmail letter to Osvald which Osvald hid in Mr. Verno's belongings to incriminate the latter.
  • Riches to Rags: Flora Molinelli turned her back on her rich father by eloping with Albert Bernstein, leading her to be disinherited in retaliation. She then spent the rest of her life moving about and surviving without food for days with Albert (until he left when this stressful lifestyle became too much for him) and their son Osvald.
  • Sexy Secretary: Paola Tornetta, the attractive mistress of Aldo Molinelli, works as a press secretary in Molinelli Industries.
  • Spanner in the Works: Paola, concerned with the way Aldo seems to have been fearing for his life, invites Anna — whose investigative reports she has read — to the press event, hoping that she can be of assistance. Though Osvald murders Aldo before Anna can investigate anything, her involvement ensures that Osvald cannot get away with his crimes.
  • Title Drop: When Osvald stops pretending with Silvia, he boasts that he'll gain the possession of Molinelli Industries instead of her because he is the rightful heir. He ends up repeating this line in a defeated tone as he's exposed and handcuffed.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The murderer loses their composure during their Motive Rant and tries to strangle Silvia in fury. As they are handcuffed, they can only utter in defeat "I am the rightful heir…"

    Exiled Dead 
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: The wounded smuggler who's left behind by the others barricades himself in the service room. Before Anna can break through the door, he kills himself, apparently fearing what his cohorts will do to him if he breaks under interrogation.
  • Coffin Contraband: Turns out that during the first "Night of the Dead", the smugglers take the "walking dead" out of their craves, disperse the bodies across Porto Ceso, and hide in the craves the crates and coffins containing heroin. The next night, they transport the goods on boat out of Porto Ceso.
  • Karma Houdini: Downplayed. The smugglers escape with some of their contraband, and the heroes cannot bring them to justice. However, two smugglers lose their lives, they can no longer transport heroin through Porto Ceso by using the "Night of the Dead" as a cover, and Anna is certain that Dhara Biguá cannot escape justice forever due to her unique appearance.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: After Tonino Nicolosi somehow betrays the smugglers, they drown him and make it look like he was killed by a falling brick hitting his head. Of course Officer Cozzi is fooled by the ruse, but not Anna.
  • My Greatest Failure: Anna still feels responsible for Paola's suicide, writing in her diary that her death will always remind her to be kind.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: A newspaper reveals that after Mario Molinelli heard about his son Aldo's murder, he passed away. Since it's been a week since the conclusion of The Heir, Mario ended up living only a few days longer than Aldo.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Dhara Biguá is always shown with "the meanest frown Anna has ever seen".
  • Revealing Cover Up: After the smugglers drown their accomplice, the gravedigger Tonino Nicolosi, they make it look like he was killed by a falling brick. Unfortunately for them, Anna realizes that his clothes are soaked, finds from his shed syringes and more money than he would have earned as a gravedigger, and discovers that his footprints are at the spot where she saw the "flying ghost". This all confirms her suspicions that he was somehow involved in "The Night of the Dead".
  • Samus Is a Girl: In Dhara Biguá's introduction scene, her gaucho hat is covering her face, with nothing indicating that she's a woman. When Luigi demands "him" to apologize to Anna for bumping into her, he finds himself face-to-face with an unattractive, frowning woman.
  • "Scooby-Doo" Hoax: At the end of every month, something called "The Night of the Dead" (which actually consists of two successive nights) occurs in Porto Ceso. Supposedly, the deceased walk out of their craves and carry some of the recently buried people across the town. Anna decides to find out what's really going on about this. Porto Ceso is actually used by smugglers to transport heroin from Genoa to Germany. They keep the locals inside their homes by using their superstitions regarding the "walking dead", hide the goods in the emptied graves, and refill the graves until they can collect the crates the next night and transport them away on boat. After Anna and Luigi see a "flying ghost" during the first night, she proves the point of this trope by creating her own makeshift ghost to convince everyone that there might not be any real supernaturalness involved.
  • Tattooed Crook: Dhara Biguá has an unfinished tattoo on her face, and she's a member of the smuggling ring.
  • The Voiceless: Dhara Biguá never speaks on-screen, just grunts.

    Unforgiven 
  • Accidental Murder: Flavio pushed Roberto in frustration while they were on their way from the cliffs, accidentally causing him to fall over the edge to his death.
  • Beard of Sorrow: When Flavio's body is seen, he has a beard, but he doesn't have it in the flashback that occurred right before Roberto's death. He apparently grew the beard after Roberto was accidentally pushed off the cliff by him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rinaldo, the kind florist who rents a room for Anna and is otherwise helpful in Exiled Dead, brutally murders Flavio Riva after he discovers that Flavio caused the death of Rinaldo's son and tries to frame an innocent fisherman as the murderer, going so far as to kidnap his ex-wife whom he wants to win back. Everyone find it hard to believe that such a gentle person could be capable of such brutality and deviousness.
  • Did You Think I Can't Feel?: When Rinaldo is exposed as Flavio's murderer, he pours his heart out and says that everyone was focused on Irene's sorrow over Roberto's death and didn't give as much consideration to his own feelings of loss.
    Rinaldo: You all thought that it was just Irene who was angry about Roberto's death. But he was my son too… "Irene is such a fragile person, she needs help" everybody used to say. But I missed him too. […] I have feelings! I still love Irene! And I still can't sleep at night when I think about our son Roberto. I did this for her, but I also did it for me…
  • Food and Animal Attraction: It turns out that Primo has been appearing everywhere Adriano has been due to the cheese he was carrying.
  • Foreshadowing: In the cinematic, Primo witnesses the murder taking place. Since Primo recognizes Rinaldo as the killer, it's understandable why he barks in a particularly anxious way at the nice florist.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: When Flavio is hit in the head in the cinematic, only the shovel and the spilled blood are shown before the scene cuts to Flavio falling lifeless to the ground.
  • Graceful Loser: When Anna uncovers Rinaldo's crimes, he admits that she was too clever for him and submits to being incarcerated.
  • I Regret Nothing: A tragic version. Though Rinaldo is sad when he confesses everything, he still says that he doesn't regret murdering his son's killer.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Flavio when he accidentally pushed Roberto off the cliff.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Rinaldo Fiore and Irene Hoffman lost their son Roberto eleven years earlier.
  • Papa Wolf: Rinaldo murders Flavio after discovering from his son Roberto's diary that Flavio accidentally killed Roberto by pushing him from the cliff. He also hopes to get his ex-wife back by delivering justice in their son's name.
  • The Resenter: According to Irene, Flavio envied Roberto for being better than him at everything, including popularity and good looks. This is confirmed in the flashback in which Flavio rants at Roberto for having the Medal of Valor and a higher military rank. Regardless, pushing Roberto from the cliff was accidental, and Flavio was devastated by it.
  • Retronym: The chapter's title was originally The Widow, but it was renamed by the time The Only Redemption was released.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: Irene has all along been convinced that Flavio killed her son because he envied his best friend's fortunes. It ultimately turns out that while Flavio did feel resentful towards Roberto, killing him was purely accidental.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Flavio Riva returned from World War I as an alcoholic mess.
  • Shovel Strike: Flavio Riva is murdered by being hit on the head with a shovel.
  • The Tragic Rose: When visiting Porto Ceso once per year, Irene places a red rose on her son's grave and gives a black rose to Flavio to remind him of his supposed crime of killing Roberto.
  • Tragic Villain: Rinaldo is in the end a grieving father who wanted both to avenge his son and win back his ex-wife who grew distant after their son's death. The way he confesses all his feelings once he's exposed and accepts going to jail since he has nothing left in civilian life makes him very humane.
  • Widow's Weeds: Irene Hoffman who still grieves over her son Roberto Fiore who died eleven years ago.

    The Only Redemption 
  • Adult Fear: When Cloe Como is found dead, her newborn baby has gone missing. Fortunately, the murderer did no harm to it and instead gave it to a children's home.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Marco Vizzini first appeared in Unforgiven as a minor character, but he becomes more important in this chapter.
    • Cesare Casale was a nameless background character leaning against a car in The Heir.
  • As the Good Book Says...: Teodora Cozzi loves to cite the Bible.
  • Blackmail: Teodora makes Marco her accomplice by threatening to reveal "his" true identity as a fugitive murderess.
  • Cramming the Coffin: When Anna realizes that Cloe's coffin is unnecessarily spacious for her, she and Luigi exhume the grave and discover the corpse of Regina Valentini beside that of Cloe.
  • Facepalm: Luigi's reaction to Adriano claiming that he was down in the crypt to escape the heat.
  • The Fundamentalist: Officer Cozzi's wife Teodora is strictly religious and leads the local Christian group. Luigi and Herman both think that they're sometimes ridiculously extreme with their advocation for purity and chastity. Teodora becomes crazy enough to murder Cloe Como and Regina Valentini for their infidelity, thinking that she's doing the God's work. Anna believes that had she not been caught, she would have searched for more victims who've sinned in her eyes.
  • Good Samaritan: After Cloe Como was thrown out by Teodora, Marco Vizzini let the penniless and pregnant young woman to stay at his café for free. Subverted since Marco was acting on Teodora's orders.
  • Pet the Dog: Instead of killing Cloe's baby, Teodora gives it to the Children's Shelter of Maria Goretti.
  • Produce Pelting: An angry crowd appears to do this at Officer Cozzi's house, accusing him of fathering and hiding Cloe's baby. They destroy the windows in the process.
  • Puppet Shows: One of the minigames at the festival. In three separate scenarios, one of the marionettes has been murdered, and the others must be placed in their correct seats on the table to find out which one of them is the murderer.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: When Regina says that Adriano is probably drunk in the sheepfold, Luigi points out that there are no sheepfolds in Porto Ceso.
    Regina: Oh, really? You have no sense of humour, Luigi…
  • Secret Underground Passage: There's at the ruined church a hidden passage to a net of tunnels that were used by the townsfolk to escape in times of danger. They're used by Teodora to take Regina's corpse from Adriano's bungalow to the station café so that it can be hidden in Cloe's coffin.
  • Shell Game: This appears as a minigame when Anna and Luigi are having fun at the festival.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Marco Vizzini is actually an Austrian woman named Elsa Brandt who learned to impersonate men at an early age and committed an Inheritance Murder as Eugen Graner that forced her to hide in Porto Ceso.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When Anna reveals how Teodora Cozzi murdered Cloe and Regina, Signora Cozzi just calmly reads her Bible, but once Anna finishes, Teodora has a sanctimonious outburst and tries to attack Anna. Once Officer Cozzi and Luigi restrain her, she turns to citing the Bible one more time.
    Anna: She would never have stopped this crusade. But everything has come to an end now.
    Teodora: [takes off her glasses] Let me tell you something. You come here, with your smile, slick demeanor and unholy words. You think you can stop me? Look at me. Look! The only way you can do this is if you kill me! And you better bring a whole army of devils to do that! The Lord shall show now mercy on your soul! You evil, spiteful woman! [tries to attack Anna, only to be restrained by her husband and Luigi]
    Luigi: Mio Dio!
    Officer Cozzi: Teodora… Is it true?
    Teodora: "Out of the heavens he let you hear…"
    Officer Cozzi: Enough!
    Teodora: "…and on the Earth he let you see…"
    Officer Cozzi: Please, enough…

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