Dying on the Vine by Aaron Elkins
(A Gideon Oliver Mystery)

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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…


About Aaron Elkins

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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.
Published December 4, 2012 by Berkley. 304 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet another lecture/vacation junket, this time in Tuscany’s wine region, turns into a murder investigation for forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver and his unexpectedly helpful wife, Julie.

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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 patriar...

Oct 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Dying on the Vine (A Gideon O...

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