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Dying on the Vine (Gideon Oliver Mysteries


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Aaron Elkins is the author of the Edgar(R) 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.


Edgar-winner Elkins's cleverly plotted 18th Gideon Oliver mystery (after 2009's Skull Duggery) takes the man "known throughout the world of forensic science as the Skeleton Detective" to Tuscany, where he looks into the apparent murder-suicide of Pietro Cubbiddu, the strong-willed patriarch of the famous Cubbiddu wine-making family, and Pietro's wife, Nola. After examining the remains, Gideon concludes that it's an unusual double homicide instead. The family and its confidantes had motive and opportunity for killing the couple-but why push the bodies off a cliff, then shoot them after they're already dead? The later murder of an estranged half-brother of the three grown Cubbiddu sons creates both clues and confusion. A convincing resolution more than offsets the painstaking discussions of the manner of death that initially slow the pace. Evocations of Tuscany and a lively cast of supporting characters, notably feisty police lieutenant Rocco Gardella, balance the cerebral investigation with charm. Agent: Lisa Erback Vance, Aaron M. Priest Literary. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

After a three-year hiatus, "Skeleton Detective" Gideon Oliver heads to Tuscany in his 17th entry (after Skull Duggery). The vineyards hold dark secrets for his friends. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"No one does it better than Aaron Elkins."--The San Diego Union-Tribune

"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

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