Anyway, the first one was Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis. This is an offshoot of her Falco series; that character has retired for political reasons from continuing as an informer in Imperial Rome, but his adopted daughter continues in a complex mystery started by a dead body unidentified found in a strongbox for sale. Good piece of work as I expect from this author.
The second book was Osprey Fortress #10: The Maginot Line 1928 – 45, the defenses upon which the German Army of WWII was expected to beat itself to death; they maneuvered around it instead, wasting a vast amount of French taxes. Sad.
Let's see what next week holds!