Dying on the Vine (Gideon Oliver Series #17)

Dying on the Vine (Gideon Oliver Series #17)

by Aaron Elkins

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425255476
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Series: Gideon Oliver Series , #17
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 591,698
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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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

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Dying on the Vine 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
XerAZ More than 1 year ago
Love the series. Interesting and Informative. Entertaining read. Check out entire series. Have entire series on nookcolor.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
The Skeleton Detective mystery series continues with this novel, set in the wine country of Tuscany. And the reader is treated to not only a first-rate crime story, but a gastronomic feast. Professor Gideon Oliver, on sabbatical, while attending a seminar at Carabinieri headquarters in Florence, meets Lt. Rocco Gardella, where he learns that the deaths of someone he knew, the owner of the fourth largest vineyard in the area, and his wife, have been “solved,” determined to be a murder-suicide. In discussion, the Italian policeman suggests that his “cousin” is the owner of the funeral home where the remains of the woman are to be cremated the next day and offers Gideon the opportunity to view the bones. How could a forensic anthropologist refuse? And never again would things remain the same, as Gideon raises questions about the death just by examining the bones, stating that while she did fall from a cliff, she was still alive until she hit the rocks where her body was found. Then later, upon viewing the husband’s bones, he tells Rocco that, as opposed to the conclusion of the police investigation, the man had died before his wife, causing the murder inquiry to be reopened. And thereby hangs a tale. Sprinkled with descriptions of various restaurants in Florence, and of Italian cuisine, not to mention wine making, the reader really is in store for a well-written treat, not to mention a wealth of information about anthropology. At the same time, the author constructs a complex puzzle for the reader to solve (if he/she can). Recommended.
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I have a secret yen for Gideon (only Mr Darcy rates higher), and believe it is well past time he left the very banal Julie for me. Seriously, this is a wonderful, entertaining book, with all of the usual pleasures of the best of Elkins work - fascinating puzzle, interesting bone infornation, and a delightful tour of the locale (I do prefer his European jaunts to the third world ones, so I was quite happy with this tale). I did think the ending a little weak; surely the culprit would have attempted to disguise the missing computer by covering,the blank spaces in some way, and as slapdash as the local police were, that would have been enough to let the obvious conclusion stand. That is a small thing, however, and did not diminish my enjoyment of the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great story with an excellent plot and a plausible surprise ending. The attention to detailing the Italian setting is amazing (enough so I want to visit there). However to get through the story you have to cope with Lau's corny, stupid comments. He adds no insights; he complains too much; he whines. Aaron Elkins, have the FBI gracefully transfer him to some place where he and Gideon do not cross paths again. Allan MacLaren
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the scholarly Gideon Oliver. I find that I read too fast sometimes and miss a clue. This time I almost figured out the solution, but once again there was a surprise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*he sucks on it hard, purring.- (Kk!)