Dying on the Vine (Gideon Oliver Series #17)by Aaron Elkins
Edgar® Award–winning author Aaron Elkins’s creation—forensics professor Gideon Oliver—has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth.” Now the celebrated Skeleton Detective is visiting friends at a vineyard in Tuscany when murder leaves a bitter/i>… See more details below
Edgar® Award–winning author Aaron Elkins’s creation—forensics professor Gideon Oliver—has been hailed by the Chicago Tribune as “a likable, down-to-earth, cerebral sleuth.” Now the celebrated Skeleton Detective is visiting friends at a vineyard in Tuscany when murder leaves a bitter aftertaste…
When Gideon Oliver and his wife, Julie, are in Tuscany visiting the Cubbiddu family, the renowned Skeleton Detective is asked to reexamine the remains of a mysterious family tragedy. Pietro Cubbiddu, former patriarch of the Villa Antica wine empire, is thought to have killed his wife and then himself in the remote mountains of the Apennines. It does not take long for Gideon to deduce that, whatever happened, a murder-suicide it was not.
Soon Gideon finds himself in a morass of family antipathies, conflicts, and mistrust, to say nothing of the local authority’s resentment. And when yet another Cubbiddu relation meets an unlikely end, it becomes bone-chillingly clear that the killer is far from finished…
“The whole world is Gideon Oliver’s playing field in Elkins’s stylish mysteries.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Evocations of Tuscany and a lively cast of supporting characters, notably feisty police lieutenant Rocco Gardella, balance the cerebral investigation with charm.”—Publishers Weekly
“Delivers another delicious blend of forensic science and a to-die-for setting…The family turns out to be as tricky as the Borgias, and the motives for murder elbow each other for precedence. Much about wine, Florence, forensics, and evil. Great bouquet.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Aaron Elkins’s charming Gideon Oliver series—the celebrated ‘Skeleton Detective’—moves to Italy in this solid entry…[Elkins] infuses the story with details about winemaking, describing it so well we can almost taste the barrel-aged vino. For mystery lovers, Dying on the Vine is indeed a tasty treat.”—Mystery Scene
“It’s nice to see Gideon back in southern climes enjoying the good life.”—Kirkus Reviews
Meet the Author
Aaron Elkins is the author of the Edgar® Award–winning Gideon Oliver Mysteries as well as his most recent novel, The Worst Thing. He lives with his wife, Charlotte, on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.
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