In March, Danish mystery author Jussi Adler-Olsen was on a roll. The seventh installment of his Department Q series, Selfies, hit #1 on the fiction bestseller list in Germany, where it was published by DTV, landed at #4 in France for publisher Albin Michel, and was #6 in Holland for publisher Prometheus. Translated into more than 40 languages, the series is published in the U.S. by Dutton, which will release the English translation of this installment, The Scarred Woman, in September.

Sitting atop the fiction list in France was Guillaume Musso’s latest thriller, An Apartment in Paris. This new novel pairs a disconsolate English cop and an American writer, who are unexpectedly bunked together in the eponymous shared apartment and team up to solve the mystery surrounding the apartment’s former inhabitant, a dead painter. Musso has been a reliable bestseller starting with 2004’s Afterwards; his English-language publisher is the U.K.-based Gallic Books.

In nonfiction, politics dominated several bestseller lists. The French, who went to the polls on April 23, are reading Welcome to Place Beauveau, a tell-all about malfeasance in Francois Hollande’s administration that was the #1 nonfiction book at the end of March. Germans snapped up The Driven Ones, an exposé on Angela Merkel’s contentious refugee policy. The Dutch, meanwhile, put the latest book by Connie Palmen at #1 on their combined list. The book, The Sin of the Woman, looks at the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Marguerite Duras, Jane Bowles, and Patricia Highsmith.


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Un appartement à Paris
An Apartment in Paris
Guillaume Musso
Bienvenue place Beauvau
Welcome to Place Beauvau
Christophe Labbé, Olivia Recasens & Didier Hassoux
Robert Laffont
2 J’ai toujours cette musique dans la tête
I Still Have This Music in My Head
Agnès Martin-Lugand
Michel Lafon
L’avenir en commun
The Common Future
Jean-Luc Mélenchon
Le Seuil
3 Ta deuxième vie commence quand...
Your New Life Begins When...
Raphaëlle Giordano
La vie secrète des arbres
The Hidden Life of Trees
Peter Wohlleben
Les Arènes

For the week ended Apr. 2; used by arrangement with GFK/Livres Hebdo


Fiction Nonfiction
1 Selfies
The Scarred Woman
Jussi Adler-Olsen
Die Getriebenen
The Driven Ones
Robin Alexander
2 Das Labyrinth der Lichter
The Labyrinth of the Spirits
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
S. Fischer
Penguin Bloom
Penguin Bloom
Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive
3 Seit du bei mir bist
Two by Two
Nicholas Sparks
Alexander von Humboldt und die Erfindung der Natur
Alexander von Humboldt and the Invention of Nature
Andrea Wulf
C. Bertelsmann

For the week ended Apr. 2; used by arrangement with Buchreport

The Netherlands

Combined Fiction and Nonfiction
1 De zonde van de vrouw
The Sin of the Woman
Connie Palmen
Stichting CPNB
4 Je ziet mij nooit meer terug
You’ll Never See Me
Sonja Barend
De Bezige Bij
2 Jihad van liefde
A Jihad for Love
David van Reybrouck & Mohamed Bachiri
De Bezige Bij
5 Kunnen we praten
Can We Talk
Joris Luyendijk
Atlas Contact
3 De dood van Murat Idrissi
The Death of Murat Idrissi
Tommy Wieringa
Hollands Diep
6 Selfies
The Scarred Woman
Jussi Adler-Olsen

For the week ended Apr. 2; used by arrangement with CPNB De Bestseller