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Posted August 14, 2013
Excellent, as always
I have a secret yen for Gideon (only Mr Darcy rates higher), and believe it is well past time he left the very banal Julie for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Seriously, this is a wonderful, entertaining book, with all of the usual pleasures of the best of Elkins work - fascinating puzzle, interesting bone infornation, and a delightful tour of the locale (I do prefer his European jaunts to the third world ones, so I was quite happy with this tale).
I did think the ending a little weak; surely the culprit would have attempted to disguise the missing computer by covering,the blank spaces in some way, and as slapdash as the local police were, that would have been enough to let the obvious conclusion stand.
That is a small thing, however, and did not diminish my enjoyment of the book.
Posted April 25, 2013
The Skeleton Detective mystery series continues with this novel,
The Skeleton Detective mystery series continues with this novel, set in the wine country of Tuscany. And the reader is treated to not only a first-rate crime story, but a gastronomic feast.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Professor Gideon Oliver, on sabbatical, while attending a seminar at Carabinieri headquarters in Florence, meets Lt. Rocco Gardella, where he learns that the deaths of someone he knew, the owner of the fourth largest vineyard in the area, and his wife, have been “solved,” determined to be a murder-suicide. In discussion, the Italian policeman suggests that his “cousin” is the owner of the funeral home where the remains of the woman are to be cremated the next day and offers Gideon the opportunity to view the bones. How could a forensic anthropologist refuse?
And never again would things remain the same, as Gideon raises questions about the death just by examining the bones, stating that while she did fall from a cliff, she was still alive until she hit the rocks where her body was found. Then later, upon viewing the husband’s bones, he tells Rocco that, as opposed to the conclusion of the police investigation, the man had died before his wife, causing the murder inquiry to be reopened. And thereby hangs a tale.
Sprinkled with descriptions of various restaurants in Florence, and of Italian cuisine, not to mention wine making, the reader really is in store for a well-written treat, not to mention a wealth of information about anthropology. At the same time, the author constructs a complex puzzle for the reader to solve (if he/she can).
Posted February 16, 2013
Time to Retire FBI agent John Lau
This is a great story with an excellent plot and a plausible surprise ending. The attention to detailing the Italian setting is amazing (enough so I want to visit there). However to get through the story you have to cope with Lau's corny, stupid comments. He adds no insights; he complains too much; he whines. Aaron Elkins, have the FBI gracefully transfer him to some place where he and Gideon do not cross paths again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 29, 2012
I enjoy the scholarly Gideon Oliver. I find that I read too fast sometimes and miss a clue. This time I almost figured out the solution, but once again there was a surprise.
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Posted December 28, 2012
Posted May 31, 2013
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