Mysteries led the way in new books hitting international bestsellers lists in June, especially in the land of the mystery, Sweden. Criminal defense lawyer and author Jens Lapidus landed at #2 in Sweden last month with the final volume in its Stockholm Noir trilogy, Life Deluxe. Lapidus will make his American debut in November when Pantheon publishes Easy Money, the first in the trilogy, and the house has rights to the two other volumes. The author coming in just behind Lapidus in June was Mon Kallentoft with The Fifth Season, the fifth volume in his Inspector Malin Fors series. Although Kallentoft is developing an international following, he has yet to be published in the U.S.

Five of the six top-selling titles on Italy's combined list in June were new, led by the latest from the international bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón, September Lights. Coming in at #6 is Forever, the newest general romance from Italian novelist Susan Tamaro, whose Follow Your Heart sold 15 million copies worldwide when it was released in the mid-1990s. It was published in the U.S. by Nan Talese in 1995.

The top of the combined chart in the Netherlands was held by Blue Monday, from Nicci French, the pseudonym of English husband-and-wife writing team Nicci Gerrard and Sean French. The thriller will be published in March in the U.S. by Pamela Dorman Books. The second and third bestsellers in Holland were also new to the list, including at #3 The Lance Factor, a biography of Lance Armstrong, still a well-known figure in the cycling-mad country.

The Netherlands


Blauwe maandag
Blue Monday
Nicci French

Bella Italia
Bella Italia
Suzanne Vermeer
A.W. Bruna Uitgevers

De Lance factor
The Lance Factor
Mart Smeets
Nieuw Amsterdam

De zesde man
The Sixth Man
David Baldacci
A.W. Bruna Uitgevers

Maar je krijgt er wel heel veel voor terug
But You Will Get Much in Return
Bastiaan Ragas
A.W. Bruna VIP

De Grijze Jager 10. De Keizer van Nihon-Ja.
The Ranger's Apprentice 10. The Emperor of Nihon-Ja
John Flanagan



Le luci di settembre
September Lights
Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Carta straccia. Il potere inutile dei giornalisti italiani
Waste Paper. The Power of Useless
Italian Journalists
Giampaolo Pansa

Nessuno si salva da solo
No One is Saved Alone
Margaret Mazzantini

Il linguaggio segreto dei fiori
The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Garzanti Libri

Dai diamanti non nasce niente. Storie di vita e di giardini
Diamonds Don't Come from Nothing. Stories of Life and Gardens
Serena Dandini

Per sempre
Susanna Tamaro
Giunti Editore



Det fjärde offret
The Fourth Victim
Mari Jungstedt
Albert Bonniers Förlag

Livet deluxe
Life Deluxe
Jens Lapidus
Wahlström & Widstrand

Den femte årstiden
The Fifth Season
Mons Kallentoft
Natur & Kultur


Fågelsång: 150 svenska fåglar och deras läten - Kompaktugåvan
Birdsongs: 150 Swedish Birds and Their Sounds - Compact Edition
Lars Svensson & Jan Pedersen
Max Ström Bokförlag

Det du inte såg
What You Didn't See
Patrik Sjöberg & Markus Lutteman
Norstedts förlag

Inifrån: Makten, myglet , politiken
From Within: The Power, the Wheeling and Dealing, the Politics
Thomas Bodström
Norstedts förlag