Just back from my round-Europe train trip for Death in a Cold Climate: four countries and multiple cities in seven days (Copenhagen, Malmö, Ystad,Lund Cologne), ending at the ‘Danish Harrogate’, Krimimessen in Horsens. Met over 50 Scandinavian crime fiction authors (plus Deon Meyer, Andrew Taylor, SJs Bolton and Watson who were in Denmark). Exhilarating but exhausting. The writers’ hotel had a wonderfully sinister weed-clogged lake, like Poe’s deep, dank tarn (bodies for the disposal of.)
I met many of those I already know, plus some I’d missed such as Arne Dahl and Sarah Blaedel, along with writers about to be published in Britain. But it was nice to be meet again the likes of Jussi Adler-Olsen, Johan Theorin and Jens Lapidus — and, fortunately, English is the lingua franca. Though I had to tell The Hammers, Søren and Lotte (about to be published by Bloomsbury) that I knew nothing about English football.
I now know how to pronounce Wallander’s Ystad (lovely little town) – not Germanicising it, as I’ve been doing.
Just have to write it all up while I still remember what everyone said to me….