Sisters in Crime Book Bloggers Challenge is Barbara Fister’s idea to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Sisters in Crime, an international organization founded in 1986 to promote the professional development and advancement of women writing crime fiction.
Crime Fiction on a Euro Pass is a community meme hosted by Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise. The idea behind is that participants write a post linked to the country of the week. This week’s country is Holland. You can visit HERE the contribution of other fellow participants.
Whenever possible I will try to combine in a single post both challenges.
Maastricht is better known for the Maastricht treaty, negotiated and signed here in 1992, leading to the creation of the European Union and the euro. The name Maastricht is derived from Latin Trajectum ad Mosam (or Mosae Trajectum), meaning ‘crossing at the Meuse’, and referring to the bridge built by the Romans during the reign of Augustus Caesar. Maastricht is the southernmost city in the Netherlands, and is the capital of the province of Limburg. Situated within walking distance of Belgium and cycling distance of Germany, it claims to be the oldest city in the Netherlands (a claim it shares with Nijmegen). A great place to spend some time, it contains some magnificent buildings and culture, taking the form of plenty of old houses and buildings, lovely cathedrals and a spectacularly cobblestoned town centre. The city is also well known for its fine cuisine, excellent shops and multicultural atmosphere. For additional information visit Maastricht travel guide – Wikitravel and The Official Site of Holland.
In Maastricht we can find one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, Selexyz Dominicanen which I discovered in this post A Touch of Dutch, looking for information about female Dutch crime writers like Saskia Noort, Esther Verhoef, Loes den Hollander, Suzanne Vermeer, Marion Pauw and Simone van der Vlugt. I have not read any of their books yet, but at least I know where to start. The only problem being that very few of their books are available in translation. Maxine at Petrona has reviewed most: