Unnatural Selection

Unnatural Selection

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Penguin Putnam
The Edgar® Award-winning author of Where There's a Will returns with another bonechilling mystery starring "Skeleton Detective" Gideon Oliver.

Sue Grafton called Aaron Elkins "first rate." Elizabeth Peters called him "one of the best in the business and getting better all the time." And now he's back in top form.

Forensics professor Gideon Oliver accompanies his wife to the Isles of Scilly, which dot the sea like an emerald necklace thirty miles off the Cornwall coast. Julie's been invited here by Russian expatriate Vasily Kozlov, scientist, millionaire, and eccentric. At his home, Star Castle, he regularly hosts a consortium of guests with differing opinions-which makes for some very heated arguments.

While Julie's stuck indoors, Gideon looks forward to puttering around the Neolithic sites nearby. But before day one is through, a newer bone turns up-this tibia is only a few years old-and all signs point to murder. And just as Gideon and the local law puzzle over the bone's origin, another murder happens at Star Castle. Could it just be bad luck, two murders within a couple of years? Or do Kozlov's lively debates have a way of turning deadly?

Baker & Taylor
Heading for the Isles of Scilly, off the Cornwall coast, with his wife, who has been invited to attend a consortium hosted by Russian expatriate Vasily Kozlov, forensics professor Gideon Oliver is delighted to spend the time puttering around local Neolithic sites, until he stumbles upon a much newer bone that could be tied to a brand-new murder. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Green with lush life, the Isles of Scilly dot the sea like an emerald necklace. Fabled to be the ancient realm of King Arthur, they lie thirty miles off the coast of Cornwall, forming an archipelago forgotten by time. Forensics professor and sometime detective Gideon Oliver accompanies his wife to the Isles. A wildfire expert, Julie has been invited here by Russian expatriate Vasily Kozlov, scientist, millionaire, and eccentric. At his home, Star Castle, he regularly hosts a consortium on conservation, inviting guests of differing opinions - which makes for some very heated arguments.
While Julie is stuck indoors, Gideon looks forward to puttering around the little-visited Neolithic sites scattered among the islands. But before day one is through, a not-so-Neolithic bone turns up - this tibia is only a few years old - and all signs point to murder. And just as Gideon and the local law puzzle over whose bones these might be, another murder happens at Star Castle. Could it just be bad luck, two murders within a couple of years? Or do Kozlov's lively debates have a way of turning deadly?

Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780425210055
0425210057
Branch Call Number: MYS Elkins, A 100.13 2006
Characteristics: 281 pages ; 24 cm

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Oct 29, 2014

One on Aaron Elkins best "Skeleton Detective" novels. A fascinating puzzle with the added attraction of an insight into "Cadaver Dogs" and the way they work.

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