WWW Wednesday 5th April

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s open for anyone to join in and is a great way to share what you’ve been reading! All you have to do is answer three questions and share a link to your blog in the comments section of Sam’s blog.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

A similar meme is run by Lipsyy Lost and Found where bloggers share This Week in Books #TWiB.

Currently reading:

Marcus Malte: Les harmoniques (not yet translated into English)

Vera has been murdered, burnt alive. Mister, the pianist, loved her, as much as she loved his music, so he needs to know who killed her and why. With his friend Bob, a philosophical, multilingual cab driver, he sets out to search, interrogate, sniff out bit by bit Vera’s earlier life, beyond some distant shore on the river Danube, to corpse-strewn Balkanic regions.

We met Marcus Malte in Lyon and he recommended this book as being the one where his love for music is most obvious. He has also created a concert around it, which you can listen to here.

Just finished:

Two books for review on Crime Fiction Lover (the reviews will be up very soon):

Lindsey Davis: The Third Nero (Hodder & Stoughton, coming out 6th April)

I used to love the Falco series set in Ancient Rome, but this is the first in the Flavia Albia series which I have read. You can’t help but see some political parallels to the present-day with a totalitarian, paranoid ruler and the fear of an Eastern Empire taking over…

Kjell Ola Dahl: Faithless, transl. Don Bartlett (Orenda Books, coming out 8th April)

When the body of a woman turns up in a dumpster, scalded and wrapped in plastic, Inspector Frank Frølich is shocked to discover that he knows her—and their recent meetings may hold the clue to her murder. As he begins to look deeper into the tragic events surrounding her death, Frølich’s colleague Gunnarstranda finds another body, and things take a more sinister turn. With a cold case involving the murder of a young girl in northern Norway casting a shadow, and an unsettling number of coincidences clouding the plot, Frølich is forced to look into his own past to find the answers—and the killer—before he strikes again.

Reading Next

Fiona Melrose: Midwinter

Father and Son, Landyn and Vale Midwinter, are men of the land. Suffolk farmers. Times are hard and they struggle to sustain their property, their livelihood and their heritage in the face of competition from big business.
But an even bigger, more brutal fight is brewing: a fight between each other, about the horrible death of Cecelia, beloved wife and mother, in Zambia ten years earlier. A past they have both refused to confront until now.

Bogdan Teodorescu: Spada (not yet translated into English, transl. in French by Jean-Louis Courriol)

A little tramp is found with his throat slit in the streets of Bucharest. A second and a third victim are assassinated with the same deadly weapon and it becomes clear that there is a serial killer on the loose in the Romanian capital. His victims all have two things in common: they are Roma (gypsies) and all have a criminal record. A powerful political thriller, indictment of mass media, political parties and slogans, this is a true Balkanic Borgen.

Have you read any of these or do any of them tempt you?

30 thoughts on “WWW Wednesday 5th April”

  1. Such gruesome crimes in your current spate of books! 😀 I’ll be watching for your review of Midwinter – one I have on my list already.

    1. Only available in French so far, but I hope to translate it into English. Yes, it is probably not the ideal tourist guide… but then, few of the contemporary novels are! For an insight into life between the two World Wars in Bucharest, I would recommend George Calinescu’s Enigma Otiliei (which has been translated into German), or Mateiu Caragiale’s Gallants of the Old Court shows the tension between Balkanic and Western cultures in Romania at the start of the 20th century. You can find it translated into English on Abe Books.

  2. You’ve got some good reads there, Marina Sofia. I want to try that new Davis series, too. The Malte sounds very good, too,. I love both crime fiction and music, so what’s not to like about that one?

    1. He is quite an expert on music, so he always brings it into his work, plus he has a very musical command of the French language, so it should be good.

  3. Gosh Marina – burnt alive, throats slit, wrapped in plastic. I think I need a marshmallow read after that. Only Winnie the Pooh can allay my nerves…………..

    1. I’ve heard really good things about Midwinter, so I couldn’t resist when I saw it at the library, although heaven knows I really have more than enough to read at home!

  4. I’ve had my eye on the Falco series for a while but can never seem to get the first one via the library and I have a feeling that reading order is important. What do you think?

    1. I never read them in order for precisely the reason you mention: the library always had them in fits and drabs. I don’t mind that so much, but there is an overarching story which is best read in sequence…

  5. I’m quite tempted by Midwinter as those old issues that refuse to go away are a great plot device. Hope your week is a good one Marina, it is certainly jam-packed with books.

  6. I love the idea of a concert structured around a book.

    You’ve reminded me that I read a couple of Falco books and really need to revisit Lindsey Davis’ writing.

    Thanks for visiting my WWW post 🙂

    1. This is possibly not the best one to start with of Lindsey Davis’ new series, but I will certainly go back and check out some earlier Flavia Albia.

  7. Always interesting book news, but I’m up to tamer stuff. I’m reading Liza Marklund’s The Long Shadow with Annika Bengtzon, which followed Zadie Smith’s Swing Time. and Eva Dolan’s Watch Her Disappear, interesting take on LGBTQ bigotry.
    Next I have three books lined up: Margot Kinberg’s Past Tense, Fred Vargas’ A Climate of Fear and Kati Hiekkapelto’s The Exiled. (However, all these blogs keep adding to the lists and so I put what I can find at the library on reserve. So who knows what I’ll read next? I follow the fate of the library’s system.

    1. Oh, you have some great ones ahead! I liked Eva Dolan’s book, which was far more nuanced than some of the current debate on the issues, and have read all of the three you have lined up next – a delightful smorgasboard of crime. Plus, the library is always a source of distraction…

  8. I’m taking Les harmoniques on holiday next week. I can’t wait (for the book and the holidays 🙂 )
    I won’t wait long before I read Spada.

    I love crime fiction in Ancient Rome. I’ve read one Lydia Davis, I liked it a lot at the time but never found another one in French. I didn’t know there was a series. Loved the Steven Saylor series with his heroe Gordianus.

    1. Yes, it’s a bit like the Steven Saylor, but less serious, more funny.
      There is a hilarious scene in Les harmoniques that I’ve just got to in a muddy field with a taxi. Can’t wait to see what you think of that, reminded me of Louis de Funes films.

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