Thursday, July 10, 2008


by G.M. Malliet

I wish the photo on the left were clearer. You will have to take my word that it's a photo of bookshop window in Rennes, France, where my husband and I vacationed recently. Now, there's something strange about these French books. If you could look closely, you'd see that many of them are translations from American books, with a few British authors thrown in.

Not only that, but the vast majority of these books in translation are mysteries.

It was the same in every store I walked into where books were sold. Now, what's with that? Is the publishing world suddenly in disrepair in France? Do they not have someone, anyone who could write a mystery novel in French? Do they think American crime is more interesting, or do they just prefer to believe there is no crime in France? I asked several people, and they could only tell me American crime novels were very popular. It's what the French like to read, especially on holiday.

The French may boast of their wine, but Americans, apparently, have cornered the market in fine crime.


Felicia Donovan said...

Très intéressant, Gin! I wonder if this is true in other European countries? Surely France has their own auteurs?

Sue Ann Jaffarian said...

Sacrebleu! But since French women supposedly don't get fat, I'm not sure my Odelia books will ever be favorites over there.

Still, it's great to see America's books are so popular, like our movies.

Jess Lourey said...

Fascinating! And how was your trip overall? My family and I are going to Europe June 2009--one week in Italy, and then a slow train ride up to Frankfurt. Any recommendations of places to visit in France?

G.M. Malliet said...

I have to say I love Aix-en-Provence most of all, and the surrounding area. Don't miss it; it's gorgeous.

I should add I've only seen a fraction of France. The Dordogne region is on my list to visit one day.

The problem with France? You really need to stay a month to get something of the feel of the place. A luxury of time to aim for, non?

CandaceCalvert said...

Man (monsieur?!), apparently I am the only Inker who doesn't speak French. However--if it counts--I had word that all three of my Darcy mysteries are to be published in French. So apparently I can fake it. ;-)

Your trip sounds wonderful, Gin!

G.M. Malliet said...

Candy - fantastic news!

Sue Ann - you made me laugh. Again!