I thought you might find this of a tiny bit of interest.
What follows is my "request" list at Hennepin County Library.
The interest, I think, is not what I happen to have on order but as a check of the relative popularity of several books, which we might have a common interest in. Check, for instance, the long list for The Ice Princess. This will be my first Camilla Läckberg book. Have you read anything by her in your perusal of Scandinavian crime fiction? Also, note that Masie Dobbs beats out her "clone" Bess Crawford, 7+ to 1. That seems just.
Anyway, all in all a totally frivolous FYI. Any here you have on your "to read" radar?
|Title||Author||Position (Place in Line)|
|Bad Intentions||Fossum, Karin||15 of 45 (on order)|
|A Bitter Truth: A Bess Crawford Mystery||Todd, Charles||15 of 32 (on order)|
|The Devotion of Suspect X||Higashino, Keigo||21 of 23|
|The Hemlock Cup: Socrates, Athens, and|
the Search for the Good Life
|Hughes, Bettany||15 of 32|
|The Ice Princess||Läckberg, Camilla||463 of 485|
|A Lesson in Secrets: a Maisie Dobbs novel||Winspear, Jacqueline||17 of 228|
|Naughty in Nice: a Royal Spyness Mystery||Bowen, Rhys||35 of 112 (on order)|
|A Red Herring without Mustard: a |
Flavia de Luce Mystery
|Bradley, C. Alan||87 of 92|
|A Singular Woman: the Untold Story of |
Barack Obama's Mother
|Scott, Janny||102 of 136|
|So Much Pretty: a Novel||Hoffman, Cara||27 of 67|
|Started Early, Took my Dog: a Novel||Atkinson, Kate||5 of 214|
It's going to be awhile until Dan gets to read The Ice Princess. On my mental to-read list are the Maisie Dobbs mystery and Janny Scott's bio of Obama's mother. However, I'll have to investigate the others on this list as well. Except maybe the Soctates book. I might add Socrates to my fairly short list of things I'm unwilling to spend much time on anymore. Go ahead, call me a philistine.
Dan also wrote with a note that could only come from someone who identifies himself closely with his Swedish immigrant ancestors. But maybe you'll find some recommendations that will fit your reading mood even if you're not Swedish, Swedish-American, or Scandinavian. (I don't think there are any "important" books on this list.)
Two years ago, Dan sent me the same list. That time he'd found it in The Guardian. If you go to that blog entry, "Vem hade kunnat gissa?" you can see links to reviews of the books on the list besides Dan's. If he's read 6 of these books in the past two years, he's made great progress, especially if he's waited for library copies.
"I get a magazine called Swedish Press. In the current issue there is an interview with a current "hot thing" in Swedish crime fiction, Camilla Låckberg (Ice Princess, e.g.--not read it myself, but have it on my library request list, see above). Anyway, they asked her what she thought were the "Top Ten Swedish Crime Novels." Here is her list.
"I put an asterisk by ones I have read and also what I rated it on a scale of 1-5. [Note: I do have a "6" but that's for books I would like to read a second time]. Which have you read?"
- Mind’s Eye, Håken Nesser (Read his Borkman’s Point and didn’t care for it)
- * Blackwater, Kerstin Ekman (4.5)
- * Missing, Karin Alvtegen (4)
- * Sun Storm, Åsa Larsson (4)
- * The Fifth Woman, Henning Mankell (3)
- * Unseen, Mari Jungstedt (2)
- Shame, Karin Alvtegen
- Echoes from the Dead, Johan Theorin
- * Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Steig Larsson (5)
- Midvinterblod, Mons Kallentoft (Not translated yet)
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