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Dying on the Vine (Hardcover)
"Edgar(r) 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
"It was the unwavering custom of Pietro Cubbiddu, patriarch of Tuscany's Villa Antica wine empire, to take a solitary month-long sabbatical at the end of the early grape harvest, leaving the winery in the trusted hands of his three sons. His wife, Nola, would drive him to an isolated mountain cabin in the Apennines and return for him a month later, bringing him back to his family and business.
So it went for almost a decade until the year came when neither of them returned. Months later, a hiker in the Apennines stumbles on their skeletal remains. The carabinieri investigate and release their findings: they are dealing with a murder-suicide. The evidence makes it clear that Pietro Cubbiddu shot and killed his wife and then himself. The likely motive: his discovery that Nola had been having an affair.
Not long afterwards, Gideon Oliver and his wife, Julie, are in Tuscany visiting their friends, the Cubbiddu offspring. The renowned Skeleton Detective is asked to reexamine the bones. When he does, he reluctantly concludes that the carabinieri, competent though they may be, have gotten almost everything wrong. Whatever it was that happened in the mountains, 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 carabinieri's resentment. And when yet another Cubbiddu relation meets an unlikely end, it becomes bone-chillingly clear that the killer is far from finished
About the Author
Former forensic anthropology professor and Edgar Award winner Aaron Elkins can t seem to let go of the past he has written his eighteenth book featuring the globetrotting Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver. Often credited with launching the forensic mystery genre in the early 1980s with Fellowship of Fear, Elkins has written nonfiction articles for the New York Times travel magazine, Smithsonian magazine, and Writer s Digest. His books have been made into a major ABC television series and have been published in over a dozen languages. In addition to the Edgar, which he won for Old Bones, his fourth Gideon Oliver book, he has also won a Nero Award and shared an Agatha Award with his wife and coauthor, Charlotte Elkins. Elkins lives in a small town on the Washington coast, where (when he s not writing) he serves as the forensic anthropologist for the Olympic Peninsula Cold Case Task Force.
Praise for Aaron Elkins and the Gideon Oliver mysteries:
“The whole world is Gideon Oliver’s playing field in Elkins’s stylish mysteries.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Lively and entertaining.”—The Seattle Times
“A series that never disappoints.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Elkins is a master.”—The Dallas Morning News
“No one does it better than Aaron Elkins.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune