Murder in the Queen's Armes

Aaron Elkins, Author Walker & Company $14.95 (198p) ISBN 978-0-8027-5626-8
Anthropologist Gideon Oliver is honeymooning in England when he decides to drop in on a Dorset dig run by his old friend Nate Marcus. The local scientific society is miffed by Marcus's publicity-grabbing theories, and definitely put off by his abrasive manner. Gideon detects an uneasy atmosphere at the dig. After a member vanishes and an unidentifiable body turns up, Gideon (""the skeleton detective'' of Fellowship of Fear and The Dark Place) is dragged into the investigation by the police. He's also unwillingly involved with Marcus's great ``find''that turns out to be a fake. Blackmail, academic hugger-mugger and more murder surface and Gideon and his wife are in dire peril. The characters and local color are only moderately interesting and the ending is rather tame, but the book is saved by Gideon's enthusiasm and Elkins's depiction of his neat ``skeletal detective work.'' Foreign rights: Barney Karpfinger Agency. December 16
Reviewed on: 12/02/1985
Release date: 12/01/1985
Genre: Fiction
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