My Life in France

From Margaret Mezzacapo

My Life in France

Author: Julia Child

Of the many books on Julia Child’s life that have come out in the past year or so, this is one of my favorites, possibly due to the many photographs sprinkled throughout. While not possessing all the minute details presented in Dearie, another Child biography, this gave you the gist of her life plus some viewpoints from Julia’s side of the story.

Ashes to Dust

From Eileen Effrat
Author:  Yrsa  Sigurdardottir
Ashes to Dust
The third in Sigurdardottir’s series featuring detective Thora Gudmundsdottir, this does not disappoint.  Set in Iceland’s Westermann Islands,   Thora investigates the murder of four men whose bodies have come to light while archaeologists are excavating the “Pompeii of the North”.  In 1973  a major volcanic eruption occurred, and all the  islanders were safely evacuated.  Who are these men buried in a cellar under volcanic ash?  As the investigation proceeds, the dirty little secrets of this small community are stripped away. I enjoy this Icelandic crime writer immensely.  The plots are always intricate , the characters believable, and the Icelandic setting never fails to impress me.