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Old Bones By Aaron Elkins
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This is a great mystery written the the 1980's. Old Bones by Aaron Elkins features Europe where the war, long ago had been rough and survivors live on in their own way, duty bound by love and some are just along for the ride.

Aaron Elkins, author, does well with characters, Gideon Oliver, Skeleton Detective of America, and his FBI friend, John. They know each other well enough to listen, to joke around and let things go as best as can be that bother them about each other. Gideon is speaker at the conference. John, listens with eyes closed. They pop open though when Gideon is invited to a house to investigate found bones in a cellar. That leads to more guesses and miss-guesses(is that a word?), investigating how old the partial bones are, are they male or female and how did the skeleton die. and Where's the rest of the bones? They show up later to add on to more mystery.

The story involves various members of a family come to gather for an important meeting by the head of the house. It never happens since the elder gentleman is caught in a tide. In this book, learning all about tides is quite interesting as we read about a group of friends struggling in the same area as the elderly man had died.

Gideon and John don't tackle the mysteries surrounding the house by themselves. They confide in the french investigator who upon first appearances seem to look down on them. Later they learn the reason behind that and afterwards they get along reasonably well. Mostly, they confide in the french inspector. There are a few times they learn things on their own and try to keep to themselves to ponder more.

Bones and more bones, thready old boots, tides, a bit of a romance going for a couple, history of the war, letter bombs, the now(as in the 1980s) and a wacky strew of family members provide lively entertainment for this book. I can't tell any more about the found bones in the cellar, nor anymore about the war or members of the family. You will have to find out for yourself. It's a recommended read.

Another entertaining read is the author's website and going into his forensic link is a treat. I also found many books on his web that I haven't read! And that will have to be a must for me.


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