During the last month we have suffered some unpleasant weather, so in an attempt to distract us from the ice and snow I offered a selection of books set in sunnier climates. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter will take us to one of my favorite destinations: Italy. Death Comes as the End is our first foray into Agatha Christie’s writing and is unusual because it is set in Ancient Egypt.
Both books are now available on the Nooks.
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.
And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
Imhotep, wealthy landowner and priest of Thebes, has outraged his sons and daughters by bringing a beautiful concubine into their fold. And the manipulative Nofret has already set about a plan to usurp her rivals' rightful legacies. When her lifeless body is discovered at the foot of a cliff, Imhotep's own flesh and blood become the apparent conspirators in her shocking murder. But vengeance and greed may not be the only motives...