This is the first Dr Gideon Oliver mystery I have read This book was the 4th in the series It will not be my last.
Great compelling mystery made even greater by studying Mont St Michael too.
What we have a here is a good old fashioned mystery No mundane facts about the main character s daily routine No subplots about a child that s lashing out because the main character missed her latest piano recital it sets the scene and doesn t stray This is not a bad thing, and given that it s less than 250 pages, it s conducted masterfully The book starts with someone dying and ends with the mystery solved Case closed One reviewer mentioned it lacked humor and was too by the book , but I wholeheartedly disagree The author s sense of humor shines throughout the book, and it s not always subtle I found the characters very well developed and I wouldn t mind revisiting Gideon Oliver in the future, as this was my first book in the series Since Oliver is an American and the book takes place in Europe, I expected of a fish out of water take, but the author avoids that slant for the most part If you re looking for something in the vein of an Agatha Christie novel though I have read little Christie , I think you ll find Elkins I mighty fine substitute.
Enjoyable mystery set in Mont St Michel, an incredible abbey in France I had a little trouble getting into the story, but once I did, I enjoyed the characters and mystery Gideon Oliver is a great lead.
A competent, well written mystery that held my attention Histrionics at the end are classical denoument drama in the grand salon of a country estate but perhaps a bit much I m only an occasional mystery reader, but I d consider another by this author.
This book has none of these Instead, the author uses every available moment to write in tidbits of French culture he likely researched from a book There are conversations and whole scenes that do nothing to advance the storyline My edition claims this book would have pleased Sherlock Holmes While I believe we can all be intrigued with the method used to determine cause of death, no one is pleased with the unnecessary references to clothing or the budding romance of two minor characters.
I would not recommend this book to anyone.
SpoilerThe plot was a little convoluted for me and I don t think there was any way for someone reading the book to figure it out There was also a bit of predictability about the shy, quiet girl everyone likes getting the inheritance But I enjoyed the book anyway.
Best Book, Old Bones Author Aaron Elkins This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Old Bones, Essay By Aaron Elkins Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please read And Make A Refission For You Gideon Oliver is an American forensic anthropologist known as The Skeleton Detective , because he has achieved some notoriety for solving a number of murders In this book, he s on a trip to France, taking part in a lecture series on forensic anthropology Although he s having a pretty good time as a lecturer, some of the other speakers are quite dull, and things are sometimes becoming boring for both Gideon and his good friend, FBI agent John Lau And so when some Old Bones are discovered in an old French chateau, Gideon and John welcome the invitation to check them out, as a break from the monotony of academic workshops.
What Gideon and John walk into at the chateau turns into a locked room mystery, which seems to involve crimes from the past A number of the people staying at the chateau were alive during World War II, when the small French village became divided due to the Nazi occupation Although events involving Resistance fighters versus Nazis took place decades before, the bitter and violent memories are very present to those who were there at the time.
I liked many aspects of this book Gideon is a good character, with his mix of intelligence and arrogance and humour and compassion He s excellent at his job although he does sometimes make mistakes and the forensic anthropology information is interesting I like the banter and competition that s present in Gideon s friendship with the prosaic John Lau Inspector Joly, the French policeman investigating the crimes, is well drawn seemingly arrogant and impatient, he becomes interesting as the story progresses.
As well, there is a lot of delicious sounding food and drink, and the Mont St Michel setting is compelling I m having a lot of fun working my way through this series.
Old Bones by Aaron Elkins.
Another review for a book story mystery of this caliber is just not good enough The first 3 1 2 pages of chapter one had me transfixed to the wordsthat were no longer just words I was no longer just reading a story no longer following the old man being slowly and deliberately engulfed by the sea I was the old man I was watching as the sea started to enter the tops of my boots along with the sand It was my own feet that could barely move with the weight of the water and sand holding me down and thenbeing swallowed over by the oncoming tide.
This was my first Gideon Oliver mystery and it definitely won t be my last Written skillfully by a master Aaron Elkins GIDEON OLIVER SKELETON DETECTIVE OF AMERICA.