Franciska Ermlere (1968) studied at the Faculty of Robotics and Automatisation at Rīga Technical University, the Division of Television and Theatre Studies at the Latvian Academy of Culture, and the Division of Theatre Sciences in the Faculty of Philology at the University of Latvia. The author of several plays, scripts for TV movies, animated films as well as stories and novels, she was nominated for the Latvian Literature Award in 2006 for her book The Jersika Covenant (Jersikas derība).
Rīgas Detektīvs. Prove. Rīgas meistara nāve [Riga Detectives. Purity of Gold. The Death of Riga Master]. Riga: Latvijas Mediji, 2019.
Rīgas Detektīvs. Bliks. Rīgas sapnis par kino [Riga Detectives. Riga's Dream of The Cinema]. Riga: Latvijas Mediji, 2018.
Rīgas Detektīvs. Manusripts [Riga Detectives. The Manuscript]. Riga: Lauku Avīze, 2017.
Rīgas Detektīvs. Meistarstiķis [Riga Detectives. The Masterpiece]. Riga: Lauku Avīze, 2016.
Rīgas buča [The Kiss of Riga]. Riga: Lauku Avīze, 2016.
Rīgas Detektīvs. Jūgenda pasāža [Riga Detectives. Art Nouveau Passage]. Riga: Mansards, 2014.
Rīgas Detektīvs. Rīgas zīmoga alķīmija [Riga Detectives. The Alcheamy of The Riga Seal]. Riga: Zvaigzne ABC, 2013.
Jersikas derība/ Jāērsōkys dereiba [The Convenant of Jersika]. Riga: Diena, 2006.
Porcelāns [Porcelain]. Riga: AGB, 2004.
Purvā ieņemtie [Conceived in a Swamp]. Riga: AGB, 2003.
Sarkanie ūdeņi [The Red Waters]. Riga: AGB, 2001.
Books to fall for
The Manuscript (Manuskripts)
The Manuscript is a part of the Riga Detective (Rīgas detektīvs) series, but can be read as a standalone work. It concentrates on the behind–the-scenes aspects and intrigues of being a writer, exploring Riga in the late 20th century, its society, events, and processes. The most valuable manuscripts of the Latvian Writers Union, unpublished during the Soviet years, had been kept by Professor Brants, found by investigators drowned in his bathtub. In his drawer, they find a 1987 obituary for Jānis Paiders, but the famous author Nora Paidere’s unpublished novel With the Mark of Cain (Kaina zīmē) has disappeared from Professor Brants’ library. Her novel reveals a secret involving all of the main characters of The Manuscript – Alīse the librarian; Ilze the professor’s daughter; the publisher, and we learn over the course of the novel, the informeant Aigars Kalniņš, too; Nora Paidere’s son – the unappreciated translator Jēkabs Paiders; editor Aija Rozenberge, who like Professor Brants, has also been drowned. Andrejs Vanags, a lawyer, begins a thrilling investigation and discovers that Jānis Paiders, once a brilliant poet and a rising star during the Soviet years who died under mysterious circumstances, is the son of Nora and Professor Brants. As he starts to make sense of this puzzle, the trail ends up leading to Aigars Kalniņš.
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About The Manuscript // Online magazine Satori.lv, 2017 [LV]
Interview with Franciska Ermlere // Latvijas Sabiedriskie Mediji, 2017 [LV]Reviews
Diāna Polgina, Tas, kas sadalās, pēc tam atkal top viens, review of The Manuscript // UbiSunt.lv, University of Latvia, 2017 [LV]
Kristīne Ilziņa, Burvīgie nejauceņi, review of The Alcheamy of The Riga Seal // Diena.lv, 2013 [LV]
Laura Celmiņa, Garšvielu daudz, bet mazuma piegarša paliek, review of The Alcheamy of The Riga Seal // UbiSunt.lv, University of Latvia, 2013 [LV]
АРСЕНАЛ (Rīgas zīmoga alķīmija)
Title*: Rīgas zīmoga alķīmija
A compelling detective story about the art world of Riga, creation and destruction.