Swedish bestselling mystery author Camilla Lackberg has just been published in the U.S. with Pegasus Books releasing The Ice Princess (story, page 10) earlier this month; she hit the May bestsellers list in France in the top spot with The Jinx. In addition to debuting at #1 in France, Jinx landed in the fourth spot in Spain.

Lackberg doesn't have a book in the top 10 in her native Sweden, where some horror titles broke the hold of mysteries on the bestsellers list. Landing at #2 in May was Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist. This is Lindqvist's third book; his first book, Let the Right One In, was published by St. Martin's Griffin in 2008, and his second, Handling the Undead, will be released by Thomas Dunne Books in September. In the top spot in May was the newest from Johan Theorin, whose first two horror-tinged mysteries, Echoes from the Dead and The Darkest Room, have been released in the U.S. by Delta.

Lots of new titles reached the top of the combined bestsellers list in the Netherlands, led by Simone van der Vlugt's In Broad Daylight. The popular Dutch novelist has had international hits in both the crime and young adult categories, although none has been released in the U.S. Real Men Do Eat Cheese is author Hendrik Jan Korterink's investigation into the accuracy of some of the claims by Maria Mosterd in her autobiography, Real Men Don't Eat Cheese, that was not only a bestseller in the Netherlands but across Europe.

In nonfiction, the four top spots in France are all new with perhaps the most interesting one landing in fourth place. The Wheelwork is by Jerome Kerviel, a former trader with Société Générale who was accused of losing 4.9 billion euros in assets in a rogue operation. In the book, he says his bosses knew what he was up to.



1 L'Oiseau de mauvais augure
The Jinx
Camilla Lackberg
Actes Sud

2 Les écureuils de Central Park
sont tristes le lundi
The Squirrels of Central Part Are Sad on Monday
Katherine Pancol
Albin Michel

3 La fille de papier
The Paper Girl
Guillaume Musso


1 Le crépuscule d'une idole
The Dawn of an Idol
Michel Onfray

2 Le dernier mort de Mitterrand
The Last Victim of Mitterrand
Raphaelle Bacque
Grasset/Albin Michel

3 Le vrai régime anticancer
The Real Anti-Cancer Diet
David Khayat
Odile Jacob

The Netherlands

Fiction/ Nonfiction Combined

1 Op klaarlichte dag
In Broad Daylight
Simone van der Vlugt

2 Haar naam was Sarah
Sarah's Key
Tatiana de Rosnay
Artemis & Co.

3 Echte mannen eten wél kaas
Real Men Do Eat Cheese
Hendrik Jan Korterink
Nieuw Amsterdam
Verlos ons van het kwaad

4 Deliver Us from Evil
David Baldacci
A.W. Bruna Uitgevers

5 Het eiland onder de zee
Island Beneath the Sea
Isabel Allende

6 Mannen die vrouwen haten
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Stieg Larsson



1 Blodläge
A Place of Blood
Johan Theorin
Wahlström & Widstrand

2 Lilla stjärna
Little Star
John Ajvide Lindqvist

3 I grunden utan skuld
Viveca Sten
Bokförlaget Forum


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

2 One more slice
One More Slice
Leila Lindholm
Walter and Books

3 Morberg grillar
Barbecue with Morberg
Per Morberg
Bonnier Fakta