**ABOUT THE BOOK:**

*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 THE AUTHOR:**

**Aaron Elkins is the creator of the modern forensic mystery, having pioneered the genre with**

*Fellowship of Fear*, which introduced the Skeleton Detective, Gideon Oliver. Among his awards are a best-novel Edgar and a Nero Wolfe Award. He and his wife Charlotte hold a jointly awarded Agatha. Aaron’s books have been translated into a major ABC-TV series and have been selections of the*Book-of-the-Month Club*, the*Literary Guild*, and the*Readers Digest Condensed Mystery Series*.**In addition, his work has been published in over a dozen languages. In addition to his forensic novels, Aaron has a second series featuring art curator-sleuth Chris Norgren and several stand-alone thrillers. He and Charlotte have collaborated on two mystery series: one featuring female golfer Lee Ofsted, and the other, Alix London, the “Art Whisperer,” which is still going strong.**

**Aaron and Charlotte live on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. He keeps his hand in the forensic game by serving as the forensic anthropologist for the Peninsula Cold Case Task Force.**

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The skeleton on the cover drew my attention and that's the detective's name. Also takes place in Tuscany . I always think wine and romance and now murder.

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