Dan Brown’s Inferno not only topped the American charts in May but was also #1 in the month in a wide range of international markets. In addition to being the top-seller in the three countries listed here, Inferno was also #1 in Spain, France, and the Netherlands. In the Netherlands, the Dutch translation of Inferno was #1, while the English-language edition took the fourth spot.

In the fight for second place, Donna Leon’s Beastly Things hit #2 in Germany in May. The crime thriller is part of Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series, set in the New Jersey–born author’s- adopted home town of Venice. Atlantic Monthly Press has been Leon’s longtime U.S. publisher and released Beastly Things last year. In second place in Sweden in May was the latest in the Swedish novelist Mari Jungstedt’s Anders Knutas Mysteries line, You Will Never Walk Alone. Jungstedt has been published in the U.S. by St. Martin’s, but Swedish startup Stockholm Text will publish her Killer Art in the States this fall.

Debuting at #4 in Italy in May was Donato Carrisi’s The Hypothesis of Evil, the newest in his Mila Vasquez thrillers, which have been big bestsellers in Italy. Mulholland Books published Carrisi’s The Whisperer in January 2012 in hardcover and followed up with the trade paperback this past January.

There are a couple of intriguing titles on the Swedish nonfiction list. At #2 is I Just Want to Be Free, a biography of the Swedish actress and comedian Lena Nyman, whose credits include appearing in the “Swedish-sin” movies I Am Curious (Yellow) and I Am Curious (Blue). And at #8 is Texas BBQ, which is described as “a Swedish step-by-step guide to barbequing the Texan way.”

International Bestsellers

Fiction Nonfiction
1 Inferno
Dan Brown
Bastei Lübbe
Die grosse Volksverarsche
The Great Public Parody
Hannes Jaenicke
Gütersloher Verlagshaus
2 Tierische profite
Beastly Things
Donna Leon
Florian Illes
S. Fischer
3 Er is wieder da
He’s Back
Timur Vermes
Das Geheimnis des perfekten Tages
The Secret of Having a Perfect Day
Dieter Nuhr
Bastei Lübbe

Used by arrangement with Buchreport

Fiction Nonfiction
1 Inferno
Dan Brown
Albert Bonniers
I kroppen min
In My Body
Kristian Gidlund
Bokförlaget Forum
2 Du går inte ensam
You Will Never Walk Alone
Mari Jungstedt
Albert Bonniers
Jag vill ju vara fri
I Just Want to Be Free
Annika Persson
3 Femtio nyanser av frihet
Fifty Shades Freed
E.L. James
Tina: hur du enkelt lagar min allra godaste mat
Tina: How to Cook My Very Best Food Easily
Tina Nordström
Bonnier Fakta

Used by arrangement with Svensk Bokhandel.

1 Inferno
Dan Brown
4 L’ipotesi del male
The Hypothesis of Evil
Donato Carrisi
2 ZeroZeroZero
Roberto Saviano
5 Il bambino segreto
The Hidden Child
Camilla Läckberg
3 Il mio diario, Violetta
My Diary, Violetta
Walt Disney Co. Italia
6 Un covo di vipere
A Nest of Vipers
Andrea Camilleri
Sellerio Editore Palermo

Used by arrangement with Informazioni Editoriali.