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Unnatural Selection (Gideon Oliver Mysteries)by Aaron J Elkins
Synopses & Reviews
The Edgar® Award-winning author of Where There's a Will returns with another bonechilling mystery starring "Skeleton Detective" Gideon Oliver.
Sue Grafton called Aaron Elkins "first rate." Elizabeth Peters called him "one of the best in the business and getting better all the time." And now he's back in top form.
Forensics professor Gideon Oliver accompanies his wife to the Isles of Scilly, which dot the sea like an emerald necklace thirty miles off the Cornwall coast. Julie's been invited here by Russian expatriate Vasily Kozlov, scientist, millionaire, and eccentric. At his home, Star Castle, he regularly hosts a consortium of guests with differing opinions-which makes for some very heated arguments.
While Julie's stuck indoors, Gideon looks forward to puttering around the Neolithic sites nearby. But before day one is through, a newer bone turns up-this tibia is only a few years old-and all signs point to murder. And just as Gideon and the local law puzzle over the bone's origin, another murder happens at Star Castle. Could it just be bad luck, two murders within a couple of years? Or do Kozlov's lively debates have a way of turning deadly?
"Forensic sleuth Gideon Oliver accompanies his second wife, Julie, to an unusual gathering of conservation experts in the Scilly Isles in Edgar-winner Elkins's engaging 13th whodunit to feature the man known as the 'Bone Detective' (after 2005's Where There's a Will). Frustrated by his passive role and forced to bite his tongue when opinions are voiced that strike him as lacking intellectual rigor, Oliver leaps at a chance to examine some human remains stored at the local museum. His casual look becomes something more when he determines that one humerus bone is a recent relic, leading to his rousing the sleepy local constabulary to a murder probe. When the victim turns out to have belonged to the conservation group, the circle of suspects centers on the surviving members. Elkins excels in making his hero's skills plausible and accessible to a lay audience, though some readers might wish for more depth of characterization. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The Edgar(-winning author of "Where There's a Will" returns with another bone-chilling mystery starring "Skeleton Detective" and forensics professor Gideon Oliver.
About the Author
Aaron Elkins is the author of the Edgar® Award-winning Gideon Oliver mysteries. He lives with his wife, Charlotte, on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. His previous novels starring Gideon Oliver include Good Blood and Fellowship of Fear, both now available from Prime Crime in mass market.
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