When the «Iron Curtain» between the former Czechoslovakia and Austria fell around 20 years ago it did not only represent release for human beings. The dissolution of the border was also an epiphany for the flora and fauna of the two neighbouring countries. Although the same basic environmental conditions prevailed, development was at times completely different. The long term treatment, usage and exploitation of the environment, dictated as it was by differing political and economic concerns, meant that certain plants and wild animals in one region could spread unhindered while just a few kilometres away, on the other side of the barbed-wire fence, they remained totally unknown or had long been exterminated.The common history of both countries and their unique «Natural Islands» of moors, marshland and disused border country in the «Dead Zone», as well as the search for rare animal species which found refuge there, forms the focus of this Universum voyage of discovery.
The two inspectors Sandra Mohr and Sascha Bergmann are ordered to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the coach of the Austrian ski team. Soon the corpse of the ski legend is found in the snow. There is no doubt - he was murdered. The man had many enemies. Several suspects are eligible for the deed.
The Professor. The Oilfield Mystery (Professor Kramer and the Mystery of the Russian Blood)
Adelgunde, a Contemporary History Professor at the University of Vienna becomes the young Russian Jekaterina's doctoral thesis supervisor. But Jekatarina didn't pick her supervisor on a whim. Adelgunde's father was abducted when working in oil fields during the Russian occupation and was never seen again. Jekatarina claims he started a family before he died and claims to be his granddaughter. When both women start to dig into their family history, which is linked to a current murder case, their personal and political differences become flagrant. And a long buried family secret comes to light.
Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner face a new enigma as a tattooed body is found in a spectacular display. And to top things off, the body can't seem to be identified. But there is no other way: to arrest the murderer, the Viennese detectives have to find out who the victim was.
The Murderer's Muse
Madeleine Montana is under the deluded impression that she is still a bestselling author. The blunt cynic points her sharp tongue towards everyone and anyone - even with her own son. But when a serial killer spreads fear and terror across Vienna, it soon becomes obvious that the crimes were directly inspired by Madeleine's novels' storylines. The former bestselling author is horrified and contacts the police. And she is quickly reminded how much she loves being in the spotlight. Inspector Bäumer and his assistant, Flo, fear there might be more brutal murders to come.
Scene of the Crime - Defenseless
The body of the head of the police academy is discovered. At first everything points towards suicide with his own service weapon, especially as his wife has been found dead on the top floor of the building. It seems he beat her to death in the heat of the moment. But the autopsy paints a whole other picture. The projectile in his chest wasn't fired from his own weapon; yet the type of bullet is a police-only issue. That means the perpetrator is most likely from his own ranks. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigations at the police academy dig up some extremely suspicious facts.
Scene of the Crime - Virus
A black man, beaten to death in a quarry, is found near a small town. An explosive case in times like these. Two viennese investigators, Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner, are sent to the quiet little town of Pöllau to offer a fresh perspective on the case. The dead man is not known in town and has no ID on him. The 'Fluchthof', a housing centre for Africans, can't identify him. The founder of this organisation, Doctor Alfred Reuss, has returned to his home town after years of working for NGOs. The autopsy not only reveals that the man must have already been dead by the time he was deposited in the quarry, but also that he was infected with Ebola. The diagnosis immediately triggers the emergency plan for highly infectious diseases. The town of Pöllau is sealed off. Panic spreads. Moritz and Bibi have to continue with their investigations throughout this state of emergency, while running the risk of being contaminated.
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Backwoods Crimes - Midsummer Night's Murder
An old dairymaid leaves a tarot card on a wooden table in an alpine meadow. The small group for whom the cards are being laid gazes in awe at the «death» card. A little later, a young woman is found dead in a hollow in the alpine mountains, but when the police reach the rough terrain, the body has disappeared without a trace. The victim is a German tourist. Before her death, it seems, she gave an organist a lot of money as a donation towards building his organ tower. His girlfriend was incredibly jealous, as she always was whenever he won a tourist's heart with his music. But she isn't the only suspect. The tourist's huband wasn't happy with the alliance either. He suspects the organist of having killed his wife and taken all the money. Everybody suspects everyone else. Nobody seems to put their cards on the table, not even the inspector who is expected to solve the case. Soon another tarot card is revealed on the mountain meadow, but which one?
Backwoods Crimes - Final Settlement
Commissario Höllbacher made a mistake he can't forget. But at least he wants to try to put everything behind him: the case and vain public prosecutor Nicoletti, who dragged the commissario into the glare of publicity. Höllbacher retires to a quieter post in his home town of Merano where he lives in the former tailor's workshop his late mother ran. His old friend Verginer takes care of him. They talk, drink and even laugh from time to time. At work Höllbacher is written off as a burn-out case. Then a couple are shot in the centre of Merano. She was the famous chairwoman of an Austrian bank. A terrorist background is suspected. Chief Commissioner Thaler calls the once so successful Commissario Höllbacher for help, but he wants nothing to do with the investigations - until Nicoletti interferes in the case. That's the moment Höllbacher knows he no longer has a choice.
Scene of the Crime - Shock
The team of investigators at Vienna's Federal Criminal Police Office is faced with an unusually delicate task: Lieutenant-Colonel Moritz Eisner and his colleague, Major Bibi Fellner, aren't supposed to solve a murder case, but rather prevent one. A young man has kidnapped his parents and in an open message has threatened to harm his mother and father - both highly respected members of society - and himself. Public interest in the events is huge. What's more, the young man always seems to be one step ahead of the investigators and successfully avoids being arrested. He skillfully influences public opinion about himself by using the social media and effectively directs his critical messages at the prevailing social system. Eisner and Feller are closing in on the young man and get into a spiral of public pressure, intense conflicts with each other, and growing inner doubts. The longer the feverish hunt lasts, the clearer it becomes that the culprit isn't working alone. He must have accomplices that support him and his activities. The trail leads to a network of radical activists classified as extremist by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.
Backwoods Crimes - All About Uku
Roli and Ferdinand waylay those who think they are safe on the Höhenstraße, the dividing line between the city and the countryside. As their night shifts are only just bearable with alcohol, the quality of their unauthorized assumption of authority drops the later it gets. In the end the interrogation of a young black African and his Austrian friend results in a totally unplanned arrest - with unexpected consequences.
The Silence That Follows
Paula Rohm receives an alarming telephone call. Shots have been fired at the school that her children, Felix and Flora, attend. There have been deaths. At the school Paula and her husband Michael, realize that their son Felix is the perpetrator, and was himself his final victim. The world of the wealthy Rohm family falls apart. The more the truth comes to light, the more clearly each family member recognises their own part in Felix's terrible choice.
Backwoods Crimes - Styrian Blood
After hunters find a naked body in the woods, the brutal and mysterious case is assigned to Sandra, a young police officer. Whilst trying to solve this curious case, she faces the huge challenges of both working for her mischievous and coarse boss and of getting along with the sworn country community, which, as it turns out, wouldn't lift a finger to help her. Moreover, Sandra is put to the test when confronted with her complicated past.
Backwoods Crimes - The Dragon Maiden
At the foot of the mighty Krimml Waterfalls lies a dead girl: Lena Striegler, 15, winner of the qualifying round in the lavishly staged «Austrian Majorettes Award». Everything would point to suicide, if not for the heart-shaped stone that someone must have placed in the hands of the dead Lena. Inspector Martin Merana is to look into the matter. The return to Krimml affords surprises. One is the mystery of the case, which seems to be related to the mystical secrets of the legend of the dragon virgin. One thing quickly becomes clear to Merana: It must have been murder.
Backwoods Crimes - If You Knew How Beautiful It Is Here
The shy local police commander Hannes only knows violent crimes from television. But when a girl from the village is found brutally murdered in a dead mine, everything changes. As no one believes that Hannes can solve the case, soon the chief inspector arrives at the crime scene to take over. Hannes stays on the case to prove he can solve the it on his own, but during his investigations his hometown and its inhabitants soon turn into complete strangers to him.
My Wife, a stranger
Upon leaving a coffeehouse, outpatient nurse Maria Hofer is hit by a car in the street and seriously injured. When Maria wakes up from a coma, she fails to recognize her husband Bruno and their two children. The only witness is Lukas Horvath, who does not reveal in his testimony that he had a date with his mistress Maria in the coffeehouse. During the reconstruction of the day of the accident Bruno discovers a time gap. Where was Maria between her last patient visit and the accident? The events come thick and fast. Will Maria regain her memory -- and can Bruno save their family life?
Before the final round of a commercial broadcaster's talent show, music manager and jury member Udo Hausberger is found strangled in his villa. It looks like an accident during an extreme sex game. But during the autopsy a crumpled piece of paper is found in the throat of the victim. Clearly the Music manager has choked on that, and suddenly suicide is out of the question. On this paper, the investigators discover lyrics, which the young man with a wonderful voice is to sing who is regarded as the favourite likely to win.
The Art of War
On the outskirts of Vienna, a Turkish businessman has been murdered. To Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner, the cruelty of the perpetrators suggests that the man was involved with organised crime. In the course of the investigation, Eisner meets a young Ukrainian woman who has been a white slave in the house of the victim for years, and the investigators seem to be on to a gang of human traffickers. When among the associates of the murder victim a violent pimp just released from prison shows up, the case takes a surprising twist, which could be fatal for the two investigators.
Backwoods Crimes - Southern Cross
After a traumatic police operation gone bad, cop Tommy takes a break. He is looking for peace in a small, tranquil village, where his father, who left the family years ago, was the headmaster and bequeathed to him the old schoolhouse. The villagers don't exactly welcome him with open arms - the only ones who meet him with less hostility are the shopkeeper and his neighbour Traude. And even the peace doesn't last long, because there is a terrible accident at the local circus, in which Fire Chief Fenninger is killed. Soon there is evidence that this accident comes in handy for some villagers. Ever more clearly Tommy recognizes that chasms open up behind the facade of the peaceful village, abysses of revenge, hatred and retribution - and not least of Tommy's own family history.
Backwoods Crimes - The Woman with One Shoe
Blonde hair floats in a quarry pond. Not a wig, but a real scalp. Then a foot is found, a knee somewhere else. Police chief Franzi and her colleague are faced with a growing puzzle of body parts. They all belong to the same person. But to whom? Because Headquarters take their own sweet time, Franzi investigates on her own and is confronted with passions quite unlike anything she has ever seen.
Backwoods Crimes - All Flesh is Grass
After Anton Galba's blackmailer, who knew everything about him and his secret lover, dies through an unfortunate fall, Galba panics and instantly removes the body. Soon after police officer Nathanael Weiß starts his investigations and although he knows Galba is guilty, he needs his help at the same time to get rid of Weiß' own opponent.
A young man fails to come home one night in 1968. His disappearance in the immediate vicinity of the Iron Curtain remains unexplained for many years. He leaves behind him a wife and young son. It is the time of the Prague Spring. The Czech authorities strenuously deny any incident on the border, although numerous signs suggest that dramatic events took place on the night in question. Only decades later does the son discover the truth about his father - and is forced to realise that nothing is just in the past in the border country and that the events of a long-ago night continue to have repercussions for the present day.
A horrible fluoric acid accident kills young lab worker Roswita because of her defective produced protective suit. As Roswita is the godchild of the chief of inspector Eisner and inspector Fellner, the two soon start their investigations.
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Angelica Fast is in her mid-thirties, a divorced single mother - and a successful investigator at Vienna's criminal investigation department. The good-looking young woman handles the balancing act between her job and parental duties with humour. Even if her teenage twins keep her on her toes, she goes all out for the pursuit of criminals. That professional and private life isn't always separable, is not least due to her ex-husband, the chief of forensics: Some teasing is part of the daily routine, and it may well happen, that childrearing is discussed on the crime scene.
Sentimentality has no room in all this - Angelica Fast knows what she wants and always keeps the facts in sight.
Road to Paradise
Actually, the two detectives Bibi Fellner and Moritz Eisner had just finished their last criminal case and wanted to return to their hometown. But their comeback is suddenly interrupted due to terrible news. Bibi's father died. Adventitiously her father left Bibi an envelope. Much to her surprise the letter leads her to an unknown safe-deposit box: her father, who was totally penniless, leaves his daughter more than 30,000 euros! But where does the money come from? Mysteriously the financial heritage of another home resident, who died two weeks before, was also located in this safe-deposit box. During their further investigations they find out that the male residents of the nursing home went with a group of senior citizens to Hungary every Wednesday. And every Thursday they've brought money to the bank. First, it looks like medication smuggling to Bibi and Moritz, but then, after the series of deaths, the investigators find traces of crystal meth at the autopsy.
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Simon Polt, a country constable who has taken voluntary retirement lives a quiet life since he has left the police force. He shares his life with his girlfriend and is following a new path in the Wiesbach valley. The only officer of the peace he keeps in touch with is Norbert Sailer. But fate wouldn't let him keep his distance for too long: an unidentified body is found and his peaceful new world's carefully preserved balance is shattered.
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Five years after her abduction, a girl succeeds in escaping from her dungeon. Shortly afterwards her abductor commits suicide. When the criminal's home is finally demolished, detectives Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner make another gruesome find on the site. The body of their missing colleague is found in the basement vault of the house. And she appears to have died of thirst. Convinced that the death of their colleague was cold-blooded murder, the detectives set out to find the truth and in the process stumble upon a network of criminal activity that leads them to the very highest echelons of the police and judiciary.
Code Name "Kidon"
A guest falls onto the roof of a taxi from the top floor of a hotel near Vienna's Opera House. He is dead. But is it suicide or murder? The dead man is Dr. Bansari, an Iranian diplomat and nuclear physicist. The Iranian Embassy and Austrian Foreign Ministry immediately weigh in. Both try to keep the case strictly under wraps, but the investigating team of Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner will not be deterred from pressing ahead with their enquiries. In the process they stumble across business dealings that a lobbyist is pursuing for a high-tech company. This company manufactures pumps and valves that could possibly be used in atomic reactors. A major deal has just been closed and the goods are thought to be making their way to Iran via third countries. This, at least, is the possible assumption of the Israeli secret services, who are suspected of having a hand in the death of Dr. Bansari and of sending an assassination squad.
A twelve-year old boy on his BMX bike sprays an ex-prostitute with a petrol-filled water gun as she stands on the street, smoking. She goes up in flames and dies of her burns. The boy is caught. But because of his age he cannot be prosecuted. Bibi Fellner, formerly a vice officer, quickly feels at home in the environment that she has known for decades. The scene is extremely brutal. It is ruled by Bulgarians, Turks and Chechens. The boy is a Bulgarian whose mother is being made to work under duress as a clandestine prostitute by a pimp who compels women to work for him. He forced the boy to set fire to the ex-prostitute because she betrayed him and put him in prison, from where he has recently been released ...
Moritz Eisner has a serious problem: He has been shot and as a result has retrograde amnesia. In other words he can remember some things, but others not at all. Furthermore, nobody knows what he was doing. Despite being sick, Moritz looks in his office for clues, but his boss sends him home again. Eventually Eisner sets out to discover what actually happened. He takes up residence in the local inn, where the incident took place, and is soon recognised by some of the village's inhabitants. Little by little, pieces of the puzzle come to light, and when a body is found in the quarry belonging to Herr Wiegele (Juergen Maurer), where Moritz was also shot, it seems that the case might have something to do with the far-right movement.
An international conference is being held in Vienna. As he drives up to the venue in his limousine followed by other diplomats, Marcus Sherman,an American citizen and the man in charge of the conference, barely escapes a bomb attack withhis life. The initial findings of the investigation clearly point to Islamic extremists being behind it. But the competing inquiries of the investigators Eisner and Fellner from the Federal Office of Criminal Investigation and the specialists from the Federal Agency for State Protection and Counter Terrorism soon paint an entirely different picture of the supposedly religiously motivated terror attack.
While loading a refrigerated container at Vienna's Danube port of Albern, a defective cooling unit isdiscovered. When the container is opened, in addition to tons of chicken, three dead Chineseare found. At the same time, a drunken Chinese rioting at a Chinese restaurant is arrested. The next morning, body parts are found, which, as investigations quickly reveal, belong to the previously arrested Chinese. He had however been released early at the intercession of the head of the immigration authorities. The clues from the three bodies from the container and the murdered Chinese lead to a meat whole saler by the name of Klaus Müller, who pretends to be the innocence personified. During their further investigations, Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner delve deeply into the unimaginable illegal dealings of the Chinese mafia, in which, as it seems, both the meat wholesaler and the head of the immigrationauthorities are involved. And then there's mysterious Ms. Gu, head of the Chinese restaurant, who appears to be the keystone of the puzzle.
No Way Out
A bus belonging to a cleaning company is attacked before the start of work.The driver, a student, is shot dead. Moritz Eisner and Bibi Fellner's investigationspoint to it being «mistake»- the stand-in driver was killed insteadof the usual man. He, however, is at home with flu, and is not left in peacefor long. The killers appear at his house, but he is able to flee to the policeand discloses that he is a Serbian refugee from the Kosovan war, has marriedin Austria and taken the name Müller, which is his wife's name. The explosivedetail is that he was a member of a paramilitary grouping that, as a hitsquad, had massacred Bosnian Muslims. He, then Mirco Gradic, now JosefMüller, deserted, and has precise records of all the atrocities committed. Heis able to identify members of the troop who are living incognito in Vienna,and above all the ringleaders. One of these must have disappeared in Viennaand have discovered Müller's presence here, along with his true identity.The case develops into a pitiless battle with Serbian ultra-nationalists,which almost ends in an inferno.
A naked man is found in a car park - lying in a shopping trolley with bullet holes in his knees and temple. It transpires that the victim is Bulgarian,and was involved in a break-in at a jeweller's shop. Is the murder part of a gang war? After contact is made with the Bulgarian authorities, a Bulgarian special investigator, Donka Galabova, travels to Vienna. Then a very similar burglary takes place in a car showroom. The crimes always follow the same pattern. It seems as if the perpetrators come to Vienna for the night of the crime and then disappear again afterwards. Who is the Austrian middleman, who selects the targets for break-in, and who disposes of the goods afterwards?
During their investigations, police inspector Eisner and his assistant, Bibi, repeatedly come up against a lawyer who represents the victims, and also against a probable fence who seems to be implicated in the case. As a second body, also found naked in a shopping trolley, is discovered, this time shot by a Bulgarian weapon, it becomes clear that a Bulgarian killer must be present in the city. Can the Austrian special investigation team and their Bulgarian colleague solve the case?
Chief inspector Moritz Eisner receives unexpected help in solving a difficult case from the popular television presenter Agnes. While researching a story about two brothers involved in a fight over their inheritance, she stumbles upon the murder of a quarry owner. But it soon becomes obvious that she is not giving away everything she knows. Moreover, she harbours a dark secret which puts her life at risk ...
This time Moritz Eisner has been sent from Vienna to the beautiful region of Tyrol to speed up progress in tracking down the killer of a major construction company owner, Kogl, who had employed illegal workers through several subcontractors. This misdeed was flagged up by the finance authorities and resulted in one subcontractor going bust, whilst the illegal workers, Macedonians, were deported back to their homeland without being paid. One of the former workers has come back with his father to collect the wages that are owing to him. However these two are not the only ones upon whom suspicion falls. The fugitive subcontractor, who himself was duped by Kogl, had every reason to kill him. A suspended finance official and an enterprising investigative journalist are also embroiled in the case and seem suspicious. And finally the murder victim's private life offers yet another motive ...
Trautmann, the Viennese policeman from the «Kaisermühlen Blues» series, is rough on the outside and very human inside. He has been transferred to the police department in the second district of Vienna.
Faith, Love, Death
A young woman is found dead in a townhouse still under construction, apparently strangled by someone she knew and invited into her half-furnished home. A traffic officer investigating a nearby hit-and-run accident discovers the victim and immediately contacts his friend, detective Moritz Eisner. Eisner's investigations not only confront him with a family tragedy but lead him ever deeper into the network of a powerful global organization that hides its worldly claims to power behind a religious façade. Soon, Eisner realizes that he is the one under scrutiny. The organization's eyes and ears seem to be everywhere, even in the public prosecutor's office. In the long run he discovers that the cult is trying to recruit his daughter Claudia. Then a second murder in the same pattern casts the case in a new and disturbing light. The victim is a psychologist who worked at deprogramming former sect members and who had a very personal reason for her activities.
The Tree of Salvation
When a young Turkish woman is found hanged in a wooded area, the police at first assume suicide because four other young Turks have already hanged themselves from the same tree. However, the autopsy finds signs of violence and the girl's boyfriend has also disappeared. Investigations begin in the overheated atmosphere of a political conflict: The recent completion of a minaret sets the population groups against each other.
When Chief Inspector Moritz Eisner is called to a crime scene in the Vienna underground, he is horrified: once again the victim is a teenager who has been brutally executed. Everything points to the perpetrator being a serial killer. The victims themselves are all convicted violent criminals. However, none of them had been imprisoned as they were all too young when they committed their crimes. The only condition was that they seek professional help and attend therapy. Gruesomely, they have each now been killed in the same way as their own victims. And if the case were not unsettling enough, to make matters worse Eisner has also been assigned a new assistant, who, however, is not unknown to him: Bibi Fellner, who is burnt out and teetering on the brink of alcoholism, yet somehow intensely human. All leads point to the «Youth Health» therapy centre, which specialises in resocialising young violent criminals. Together with his assistant, who sees Eisner as her last chance, he sets out to search for the culprit...
When the chief financial manager of the syndicate that controls the Austrian
The Millennium Murderer
A car burns up on an open field at the edge of the Vienna Woods. The police discover the remains of a corpse in the vehicle that is surrounded by a symbol that looks very much like a coat of arms dug into the earth. Was this a ritual carried out by a psychopath, or did a murderer from the Vienna sex and porno scene stage this scenario to distract attention from his real motives?
Never Again Opera
In the home for aging artists, deaths are multiplying. The investigation of the mysterious death of the star tenor, Oskar Weisshaupt, leads the «Scene of the Crime» team to a network of dark doings. Not only are the shady manager of the home and his aides suspect, but also the star's various ex-girlfriends. ORF succeeded in winning a large number of high ranking Austrian and international opera stars to play the inhabitants of the artists' home.
Wishing for a Baby
When an investigative journalist is murdered, the Interior Ministry's Special Investigator Moritz Eisner is called in. He is quickly convinced that the murder is part of something larger.
Eisner's local colleagues are initially sceptical but quickly change their mind after a genetic engineer and DNA specialist is shot. A number of connections between the two murders begin to appear and the clues lead to a renowned fertility clinic. The investigators' enquiries uncover a quagmire of corrupt business deals involving couples who desperately want to have children. But what role does the owner of a fitness club, where patients from the clinic are sent, play in the whole business? When his 8 year old son is kidnapped and the parents are blackmailed, it quickly becomes clear to Eisner and his colleagues that a massive scandal is being covered up by every means possible. And when a team of Eastern European contract killers begins to close in on the investigators, a deadly manhunt begins...
The prominent victim in Moritz Eisner's next murder case is Raimund Jakobi, the internationally successful physicist. In great demand as a brilliant scientist who conducts research for the automotive industry, the ruthless egocentric had made many enemies, both on a personal level and professionally. In the course of his investigations, Eisner ends up walking into a minefield of personal hurts and brutal economic competition.
A series of murders in the middle of the tourist season frightens the cheerfully bustling town of Lahnenberg out of its usual complacency.
Afraid for their lives, the tourists are scrambling to leave the village, spelling certain financial ruin for Lahnenberg's hotel owners. The investigation of Moritz Eisner and Stefanie Gschnitzer becomes a race against time, with the killer committing a perfectly planned and executed murder of a tourist on a daily basis and leaving behind each time a «deadly souvenir»- a snowball.
Polt II - Flowers for Polt
It is springtime and work in the vineyards is in full swing, when two tragic accidents suddenly disrupt Simon Polts happy indulgence. Rudi Riebls death in an accident comes as no surprise to anybody. But why did the handicapped Willi, Polts friend, get so close to the dangerous terrain that he actually fell to death? Simon Polt feels that the people around him have resigned far too quickly to the version that these were accidents that just happened to occur in such rapid sequence. As stubborn as ever in finding the truth behind the facts, Polt even puts his budding love for teacher Karin Walter at stake.
Chief Inspector Moritz Eisner takes a vacation in a small town in Tyrol. A passion play performed every eight years is taking place there. Already on the first day he discovers a body: the mayor's son has been nailed to the cross. Commissioner Roxane Aschenwald, who grew up in this town, starts the investigation, with Moritz assisting her. Roxane's past soon catches up with her.
Polt III - Heaven, Polt & Hell
The parish priest has invited a group of illustrious persons to dine with him. One look at the guests, and the priest's cook goes pale from shock. Without a word she dumps her soup over the head of the prominent guest and runs to hide in her room. Later she is found dead, poisoned by a 1979 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Polt I - Polt Has to Cry
Polt is filled with a deep sense of unease when suddenly one day, the body of a villager is found in a wine cellar deep below one of the farm houses. He ponders over the mysterious death from fermentation gas of wine grower Albert Hahn. He knows how much the deceased was hated by the community. What looked like an accident could well have been a case of murder. Many of the winegrowers had enough reason to kill the monstrous Hahn. Simon Polt is assigned the thankless task of finding the murderer among them - a task that gets murderously hot for him.
Chief Inspector Moritz Eisner ends up in Tyrol again, but his visit to Commissioner Roxane Aschenwald is interrupted. Roxane is called away on a murder case. In the little mountain village of Oberleis the parish house keeper has been murdered. Was robbery the motive? It does not take long for police investigations to come up with a number of motives and possible culprits - even the village priest is under suspicion.
A delivery van is involved in an accident which leads to the death of two students. When the authorities begin to investigate the wreckage, they find the naked bodies of three more people, who have obviously been dead for some time. A postmortem reveals that they died of natural causes. But where were the bodies being transported to? In the course of his investigation, Eisner uncovers some rather dubious business dealings and a not altogether ethical research project ...
The People's Money
Two skin-divers find a decayed corpse, attached to the ground of Achensee with a concrete block. These developments get Inspector Moritz Eisner going. First findings indicate that the man, who had been killed at least 15 years ago, was once a scientist from Germany. He had fled his country taking with him a large sum of embezzled money that had actually belonged to STASI, the dreaded secret police. Eisners inquiries let resurface dreadful ghosts of the past.
Polt IV - Death at the Wine Harvest
One night, Polt is helping harvest the ice wine grapes at Karl Fürnkranz's vineyard, as he makes a shocking discovery in the isolated press house: the grape juice running out of the old wine press has a strange red color to it. Upon closer examination, Polt finds a dead body and decides to investigate on his own ...
After a party celebrating the winner of a violin competition, music teacher Karin Landauer finds herself involved in a quick adventure with the victor's brother. When she comes out of the bathroom she finds the young man's dead body. There's no hiding the affair from her husband, an internationally renowned violinist. But rather than deploring her adultery, he is far more disturbed by the fact that «Sleeping Beauty», the three-hundred-year-old Stradivari, has disappeared from the apartment.
Death by Organ
Moritz Eisner has been sent to an international organ competition in Carinthia to provide police protection for the famous Bishop Hawranek, a jury member who has championed human rights in Brazil for years. The young organist Nikolaus Kutil starts the competition. But his brilliant performance ends in tragedy: an organ pipe falls from its anchorage, killing the young man. Was it murder or an act of sabotage?
The Devil on the Mountain
Factory owner Klose has placed a bounty on the head of his wife's murderer and threatened to withdraw all his businesses from Austria unless the Interior Ministry shed light on the murder. At first, the task looks simple: Hochreiter, a German living in the Tyrolian village, has repeatedly confided to the villagers to be the murderer.
Death at the Congress
Following the sudden death of a friend from her college days, forensic specialist Renata Lang questions its natural cause - especially in view of vague remarks made by the late scientist shortly before her death. Attending a highly explosive medical conference on male reproductive capacity, she had announced that many things were soon to change in her life. Disguised as a journalist, police detective Moritz Eisner conducts undercover investigations.
Stefanie Gschnitzer takes up her first case at the Innsbruck homicide squad: Richard Stecher, member of a notorious family of poachers, was found shot dead. Even at the scene of the crime, the policewoman has her doubts. A clean shot in the back of Stecher's head does not make the self-defence version convincing, and Richard Stecher would never have gone poaching on the anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.
The Guardian of the Spring
The environmental activist Hermann Wegscheider, a thorn in the side of many in the village due to his bitter opposition to the commercialization of the mineral spring above St. Johann, is found dead by the 13-year-old Maria. The young girl does not believe his death was an accident and alerts the police. Barbara Trenkwalder, a police detective from Tyrol, and Moritz Eisner soon have to believe it was murder.
On his way to work, Inspector Moritz Eisner comes across a police investigation that grabs his attention. Eisner questions the presumable double- suicide of a married couple. He is convinced that the couples' neighbour is hiding something, but starts to feel an irresistible affection towards the woman. Step by step he finds out that the actual crime has yet to be committed. Privately, he faces trouble as well: his daughter Claudia has been admitted to intensive care following a drug overdose.
Death from Africa
Moritz Eisner's new case deals with the assassination of a black asylum seeker from Africa found struck dead near Frieda Jordan's inn, which had been converted into an asylum home. Accompanied by an African interpreter, Eisner takes up quarters in the asylum home in order to investigate on the very site of the crime. Quite unexpectedly, his daughter Claudia also appears in the scene, intending to spend vacations with him. Troubles and excitement ensue.
The happy-go-lucky Roman Kraus has paid a girl companion for the evening. While they change partners with the prominent couple Peter and Helene Pollak, Kraus 's wife, the well known pharmaceuticals researcher Eva Kraus-Lauterfeld, is murdered and a valuable scientific discovery is stolen. All of the evidence secured at the scene of the crime points to Roman Kraus as the murderer. The only thing that frees him of suspicion is an alibi for the night in question. But the couple involved denies everything because they are afraid of a scandal - Peter Pollak is a respected doctor and politician. Chief of Police Eisner believes Kraus is innocent anyway. But when his attempts to get the proof that is needed and to find the true murderer are hindered "from high places," Eisner looks for another path. He turns to drastic measures.
An Austrian bank creates a big sensation with an exhibition of water colors by the famous Austrian painter Egon Schiele. Even before the opening, the pictures attract the interest of an American, Ester von Steinhof, who arrives in Vienna for the purpose of clarifying her claim as heir of two of the pictures. The scandal over the pictures grows when the valuable paintings are stolen, one night watchman is killed and a second seriously injured.