First was In Matto's Realm by Friedrich Glauser, the second novel about a Sergeant in the Swiss police. This was a fairly confusing mystery novel set in an asylum. I still find the protagonist pretty interesting, so I will continue reading the series, but I don't recommend this book. I'll return it to the library today.
Next was The Complete Guide to Asterix, about the French comic novels set in the period of Caesar's Rome. This gave the backgrounds to the artist & author, and the thoughts that went into the series. This is only interesting if you've read the Asterix the Gaul series.