Happily sidetracked once again for the best of reasons: more books and reading! I’m near the end of a good mystery right now called Trouble in Transylvania by Barbara Wilson (1992). I don’t know how this gal slipped by without me noticing her. Well, maybe because she is categorized as a lesbian writer. Gimme a break. I don’t care what a writer’s sexual preference is, or what their gender is for that matter. It’s just a good book. For one, the setting is Romania with a bit of Hungary on the side. One doesn’t often hear references to eastern european countries in “fun” reading, so this was a pleasant surprise. For another, Wilson sprinkles the story with little linguistic treats and throws in some history to boot.
Thus encouraged, I even unearthed an old copy of Bertilz’s Hungarian and have been trying my best to pronounce the Hungarian words Wilson uses throughout the tale. As a mystery, it’s not the most suspenseful or masterful one I’ve read, but I give this book high marks for its unique perspective on the genre. It’s not for everyone, but for us word nerds with an interest in history and Hungarian, this is a special treat.