Four translations and lots of others for July

More "summer sizzlers" from The Bookseller – they really should think up some different headlines! This time, it is new titles for July, and there are some that look very exciting. One is The News Where You Are by Catherine O'Flynn (Viking), "eagerly awaited follow-up" to her debut What Was Lost. The new book does not look like a sequel, though, being about Frank Allcroft, a regional TV news presenter, who becomes "increasingly preoccupied with Fossum  disappearances – of his architect father's post-war buildings, old people who die alone and specifically the mysterious death of a former colleague." The Bookseller calls it affecting and very funny.

Another exciting title is Bad Intentions by Norwegian author Karin Fossum (Harvill Secker), an Inspector Sejer mystery. "Three friends row across a lake in the middle of the night…but only two return to their remote cabin…." 

Another treat in store for fans of translated fiction is Ashes to Dust, third novel by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, a very talented Icelandic author. I reviewed the first of these Thora Gudmundsdottir novels, Last Rituals, and am keen to read the second, My Soul to Take, which is just about out in paperback now. The new novel concerns bodies found at Nesser  the "volcanic tourist attraction known as The Pompeii of the North", and the suspicion that falls on a man who was a teenager when the volcano last erupted.

Then there is a new Hakan Nesser! This one is called The Inspector and Silence (Macmillan), in which Van Veeteren investigates a mysterious religious sect after the body of a girl is found in the woods in Sweden. I've loved the previous four books in this ten-part series that have so far been translated – I only wish the remainder could be published more quickly given that they were written some time ago now, and the author has moved on to another character (who sounds equally as interesting as Van Veeteren).

The fourth translated book to feature is A Death in Calabria (Little Brown) by MicheleYrsa  Giuttari, former head of the Florence police force. I haven't read any of this series yet, but they look good. In this one, the FBI call on Superintendent Michele Ferrara when an execution in a Madison Avenue apartment is believed to be linked to the notorious Calabrian Mafia. 

There are plenty of non-translated new books due in July as well, of course. Notable among them are  Blue Heaven by C. J. Box (Corvus); Broken by Karin Slaughter (Century); Long Time Dead by Tony Black (Preface); Low Life by Ryan David Jahn (Macmillan); Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson (Faber); Kimberly's Song by Alison Bruce (Constable); The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill (Harper Collins) – this one is a standalone; a debut thriller called The Network by Jason Elliott (Bloomsbury); The Assassin's Prayer by Ariana Franklin (Bantam) and lots of others including new titles by Lisas Scottoline and Jackson, Jeffreys Deaver and Lindsay, Joseph Finder, David Baldacci and Stephen Leather.

4 thoughts on “Four translations and lots of others for July

  1. Thanks Maxine for the update. The thought of new books by Arianna Franklin, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Karin Fossum and Hakan Nesser makes living through the next four weeks of electioneering more bearable.

  2. Maxine – Thanks, as always, for these helpful updates. I don’t care if it’s not a sequel; I look forward to the O’Flynn. Many of the others look terrific, too.

  3. Thanks, Norman and Margot.
    Norman – I know what you mean about the election. I have the unfortunate experience of living in a marginal constitnuency so have been plagued by constant letters from govt ministers, tory grandees etc – what a waste of paper. What is even worse, the prospective Tory MP round here is Zac Goldsmith (remember Sir Jams? Most people these days are too young to remember that particular blot). ZG has lots of keen young ladies with green wellies, posh accents and wicker baskets who keep popping up on our doorstep. I am surprised ZG, a non-dom, has the nerve to stand. Actually, take that back, I am not surprised by anything a politician will do to try to get elected.

  4. I have read and enjoyed that Håkan Nesser, but I´ll add Fossum and Sigurdardottier to my list.
    I haven´t read much Scandinavian recently, but I suppose that is because I am a mood reader – and right now I devour British books, especially Scottish.

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