The Bookseller this week (29 May 2009) brings news of the April bestseller lists in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and France. Germany’s top ten fiction charts contain two crime novels, Simon Beckett’s Whispers of the Dead at no 4 and Scream for Me by Karen Rose at 9. Popular in Sweden are Elizabeth George’s Careless in Red (2) and The Private Patient by P. D. James (3). Strangely, Agnes Grey by Ann Bronte comes in at 6 – maybe there is an associated film or TV programme?
In the Netherlands, Saskia Noort tops the charts with The Transformation, with Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (4), John Grisham’s The Associate (5) and Anne Holt’s What Never Happens (9) also selling well.
Harlan Coben is at no 3 in France with Hold Tight (one of his books, Tell No-One, was made into an excellent French thriller). Scarpetta (Patricia Cornwell) is at no 6, The Preacher (Camilla Lackberg) 8, and Stieg Larsson is at 9 with “Dragon” but, intriguingly, the title at no 10 is The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, the third in the Millennium Trilogy, which won’t be out in the UK until October.
Just a quick note for those in the UK who like to plan their reading in advance. Out in paperback in September will be the aforementioned The Private Patient by P. D. James, as well as The Other Half Lives by Sophie Hannah; The Vows of Silence, Susan Hill’s latest Serrailler novel; M. R. Hall’s excellent The Coroner; The Surrogate, a debut by Tania Carver that looks intriguing; The Maze of Cadiz by Aly Monroe; New Zealander Paul Cleave’s first novel to be published in the UK, Cemetery Lake; The Slaughter Pavilion, an excellent novel by Catherine Sampson, set in China; A Perfect Death by Kate Ellis; Blood Safari by Deon Meyer; A Deadly Paradise by Grace Brophy; Queenpin by Megan Abbott; and A Bali Conspiracy Most Foul by Shamini Flint. That’s about half of the crime, mystery, thriller and suspense novels due out in paperback in the UK in September and listed in the Bookseller!
[Reviews of many of these books, if written by UK and European authors, can be found at Euro Crime.]