Wed April 25, 2012
Book Nook: Ashes to Dust, by Yrsa Sigurdardottir
Yrsa Sigurdardottir's latest crime fiction novel "Ashes to Dust" features one of the more unusual murder investigations you'll find. A volcanic eruption in the 1970's covered a community beneath volcanic ash. Forty years later the houses are finally being unearthed. The skeletal remains of some unknown individuals are discovered in the basement of one of the houses.
This is rather peculiar because nobody was ever reported to be missing during all this time. Stranger still, there are three skeletons and an extra skull. Who were these people? And what is the story with the extra skull?
Attorney Thora Gudmundsdottir is asked to represent a man who had lived in the house forty years ago. He is under suspicion for the murders of these unknown victims. As Thora delves into the details of the case one of the key witnesses to the events of forty years ago is found dead. Did she kill herself? Or, was she murdered?
In this interview the Icelandic author Yrsa Sigurdardottir describes how she devised her plot for this Nordic page turner. And she tries to demonstrate how to correctly pronounce her last name.