Uneasy Relations

The Edgar Award winning author of Little Tiny Teeth returns with his professor of forensics, Gideon Oliver, a.k.a the Skeleton Detective No one does it better than Aaron Elkins, San Diego Union Tribune and this time, Gideon Oliver will be up on the Rock of Gibraltar, where he ll inspect his oldest bones yet But a killer s loose Around 25,000 years ago, did the NThe Edgar Award winning author of Little Tiny Teeth returns with his professor of forensics, Gideon Oliver, a.k.a the Skeleton Detective No one does it better than Aaron Elkins, San Diego Union Tribune and this time, Gideon Oliver will be up on the Rock of Gibraltar, where he ll inspect his oldest bones yet But a killer s loose Around 25,000 years ago, did the Neanderthal live peacefully with his smarter, handsomer cousin, the Homo sapiens The answer, recently found in the Rock of Gibraltar, left everyone speechless Buried ceremoniously, high in a cave, lies the skeleton of a human woman, clutching the skeleton of a part human, part Neanderthal child Fascinated, Professor Oliver jumps at the chance to attend a conference near there But two deaths, possibly murders, have rocked Gibraltar As Oliver tries to piece things together, he s about to fall for some deadly tricks After all, unlike the Gibraltar Boy, he s only human
Uneasy Relations The Edgar Award winning author of Little Tiny Teeth returns with his professor of forensics Gideon Oliver a k a the Skeleton Detective No one does it better than Aaron Elkins San Diego Union Tribun

  • Title: Uneasy Relations
  • Author: Aaron Elkins
  • ISBN: 9780425221761
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “Uneasy Relations”

    1. I've read all of Aaron Elkin's books featuring Gideon Oliver, who is a forensic anthropologist, and I've very much enjoyed most of them. This is no exception- generally well plotted with genial characters. Not quite as good as some of his earlier novels, but better than the last one that I found a little disappointing. If you're squeamish about knowing with cadaver skulls do when exposed to high heat, this is probably not the book for you. But it's not particularly graphic; everything is describ [...]

    2. I always enjoy reading about Gideon Oliver, modest forensic anthropologist known to some as the "Skeleton Detective." He, like Ms. Marple, always seems to be in the area where someone is murdered, or a skeleton is discovered in circumstances suspicious only to Gideon and his ultra-sharp eye/mind. Well written, with fun characters and much wit.

    3. Gideon Oliver, world renowned forensic anthropologist known to most of the world as the “Skeleton Detective” wonders if the near death experiences he has suddenly been having are really just accidents or if the “Law of Interconnected Monkey Business” might have more to do with it.He and his Park Ranger wife Julie are attending a conference at the Rock of Gibraltar celebrating the anniversary of the famous discovery of the remains of a part-Neanderthal child “Gibraltar Boy”. Although [...]

    4. Falling off the Rock of Gibraltar is not a laughing matter, as Gideon Oliver will testify to.When Gideon and his wife Julie travel to Gibraltar for the Annual conference of the International Paleoanthropoligical Society they have a lot of surprises awaiting them. Gideon is known as the Skeleton Detective and there is a lot of detecting to do on Gibraltar.The anniversary of the discovery of the skeleton of a human woman clutching the skeleton of a part-Neanderthal child is going to be celebrated [...]

    5. 4 1/2 stars for another great Gideon Oliver mystery from Aaron Elkins.In this one, Gideon and Julie travel to Gibraltar for an anniversary celebration of a great archeological discovery - Neanderthal woman and child. Coincidently, a publicity stunt by Gideon's publisher has Gideon delivering a keynote speech that will turn the archeology community on their heads. Of course, that isn't true, but there is a great deal of expectation once Gideon and Julie arrive around this speech. And of course, a [...]

    6. When Gideon and Julie head over to Gibraltar to take part in a symposium, things begin to go wrong from the get-go. Surrounded by archeologists set to discuss the Gibraltar Woman and Gibraltar Boy, prehistoric remains that could promote the idea that the Neanderthal and Homo Sapiens co-mingled, Gideon soon finds out that some will do all in their power to silence critics, including murder. After a close call with death, Gideon begins sleuthing and discovers some interesting clues when a body is [...]

    7. I always enjoy Aaron Elkins, and don't know how I missed this one, given it was published in 2008 and I thought I had read them ALL. Guess I need to go back to my library and see if there are more. The protagonist, Gideon Oliver, forensic anthropologist is unassuming, brilliant, easy to get along with and has interesting friends and doesn't use cusswords. I highly recommend this author and his various series to folks who enjoy well written, engaging mysteries that are not bloody dark psycho thri [...]

    8. Forensic anthropologist, Gideon Oliver, gets together on the island of Gibraltar with a group of friends to celebrate the finding of Gibraltar Woman and Gibraltar Boy several years earlier. As Gideon begins to visit with his friends he finds himself in the crosshairs and a suspicion begins to niggle at his brain. Could the bones that were found and dubbed Gibraltar Woman and Gibraltar Boy have been an elaborate hoax? If so, could one of his friends have carried it off?A very entertaining and inf [...]

    9. Another fantastic little page turner by one of my favorite mystery authors. There isn't much cerebral about Elkins other than the fat that he's a damn good writer with a sense of humor. I like his books primarily because there's precious little in them that offends me in any way and they are fun to read.Gideon Oliver and his wife Julie are the principle characters and they once again are permitted to play off one another in a delightful plot in an exotic location. This is a great airplane or fir [...]

    10. Readers of Aaron Elkins know exactly what they are going to get. A pleasant mystery, at least one recently dead body, bones--old or ancient, the delightful Skeleton Detective and interesting information you probably didn't know. This book is the same--except for one personal thing. This time Professor Gideon Oliver (Skeleton Detective)explained some things about our evolution that touched on a problem I have. I feel slightly better although nothing will change for several thousand/million years. [...]

    11. Aaron Elkins is a master and I have so far loved everything he has written. This time Gideon is in Europe - the Gibraltar area to celebrate the anniversary of the discovery of a Homo sapiens woman clutching a part-Neanderthal child. This is quite an astonishing find and the archaeologists and anthropologists are in high spirits until someone begins killing them off!! I felt from the beginning it was an unlikely legitimate find, but that didn't keep me from reading it. This is the 10th in the ser [...]

    12. I'll always be a fan of the Gideon Oliver series. Elkins writes intelligently, weaves an excellent plot, AND has a sense of humor. The descriptions of the features of various characters are sometimes hysterically funny as I envision them from the description. These are stand alone books, but starting from the beginning of this series makes Gideon Oliver and his wife seem like old friends. Good fun.

    13. I first started reading the Gideon Oliver series about fifteen years ago. It attracted me because of Aaron Elkins' fun and informative style which combined a clever mystery with interesting subject matter: paleontology, archaeology and forensics. Over time, though, Elkins' style has become increasingly sloppy--the way new characters' backgrounds are wedged into Uneasy Relations' plot is especially clunky--and the solution to the mystery can be seen coming from epochs away.

    14. A fun character driven mystery. This book contains a finely crafted mystery that can be guessed at with the clues or can be be allowed to unfold either way it is quite satisfying. The writing style allows the narrative to flow unhindered and makes it an easy book to immerse yourself in. This is definitely a book that can be read on public transportation or on vacation.

    15. I really like this well researched series that teach about forensic anthropology and various anthropological settings. This time the setting is discoveries of evidence of early man in Gibraltar. The characters offer interest and delight, as always. Be aware the protagonists' attitude toward sex (in this case married) is frank, sensual, but not explicit.

    16. Nice understanding read. Sort of the facile feel of a Wodehouse set in America, or in this case Gibralter. Good wit and humor about it. I'm hooked for the series.

    17. Not a bad read at all, this is the 15th Gideon Oliver story. I have only read one other one, which was pretty good. This one takes place in Gibraltar, and describes a lot of that peninsula, which is kind of interesting. The problem is that, with all those descriptions, the book takes so long to get to the point! Gideon Oliver, known as the “Skeleton Detective” for his ability to detect amazing facts from just a set of bones, is off to Gibraltar for a special conference of paleo-anthropologis [...]

    18. This is the first cozy I've read in a long time. I was in the mood for an intellectual mystery and remembered how much I loved Aaron Elkins' OLD BONES and ICY CLUTHES. Gideon Oliver is a modern day Sherlock Holmes, dressed up to be a prestigious physical anthropologist. Many refer to him as the "Skeleton Detective," since almost every book he goes to some exotic place, usually for a conference, and solves a mystery.Uneasy Relations has an interesting premise. The bones of a human woman have been [...]

    19. My only bone to pick (see what I did there?) is that occasionally, Gideon Oliver acts in such an unrealistic manner that it pulls me right out of the narrative. Allow me to digress: this seems to be a common flaw that most fictional protagonists have. ("Oooh, I'm home alone in the middle of the night, in what the neighbors all call a "haunted" house, and inexplicable things have been happening for days, and now there's strange noises coming from the attic." Normal person's response: turn the TV [...]

    20. This is an outtake from a blog post discussing Gideon Oliver 15-17 over at The Irresponsible Reader.I'm glad he doesn't return to this well too often, but when Elkins decides he's going to invent a fictional (no doubt inspired by a real) major archaeological find, he does it right. Serving as the backdrop for this puzzle, this find sounds like the kind of thing I read about in various and sundry Anthropology textbooks in college. Throw in some satirical takes on publishing, literary agents, and [...]

    21. A number of years ago on the Rock of Gibraltar, a skeleton of a woman cradling a child was found and was purported to be the link that proved a connection between Homo Sapiens and Neandertals. Gideon Oliver wasn't part of the team that unearthed the find, but he did examine the bones.Today he and Julie are on Gibraltar for a celebration of the man that made the site possible. Gideon is also there to give a paper that has been reported by the main stream press to blow the lid off some big secret [...]

    22. This is a well-written book about a "skeleton detective" who takes a trip to Gibraltar for a series of speeches and awards ceremonies. He finds that someone may be trying to kill him, and there begins the mystery. He has written papers on the find of a lifetime; a homo-sapien female set of bones cradling what appears to be a half-neanderthal child. This means the two different species were able to breed together. Now everybody that wrote papers on this discovery from five years ago is together a [...]

    23. WARNING: Do not read this book if you are in a hurry. Do not read this book if you are squeamish. Do not read this book if you are completely uninterested in anthropology/dead bodies.However, if undeterred by the above warnings, you persist in reading this book, you will have a delightful book in your hands. This will not resolve the fundamental question of whether homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbed (which set up the motive for murder), but it will provide some gental humor and a few hours e [...]

    24. Our hero, Gideon Oliver, a forensic anthropologist and aka "the Skeleton Detective", is an academic who finds himself, and his skills, pulled into solving murder mysteries. This one originates in a very old set of skeletons . . . a Homo sapiens woman & what appears to be a part-Neanderthal child. Is it evidence of mixing? Seemingly so. But why are archeologists suddenly dying under mysterious circumstances?This book isn't one that is going to change the world or blow you away with insightful [...]

    25. I hadn't read a "skeleton detective" novel for a while, so when I saw the latest one on the new book shelf at the library, I snapped it right up. And I even paid the .25 to keep it past the due date to finish it. Only to be reminded why I haven't read one of these in a while - mediocre crime fiction at its most mediocre. Even worse, I had this one figured out about 10 pages in; the only reason I kept going was to see how long it would take the main character to catch up with me. Next time I'll k [...]

    26. A fun, easy read, but one that didn't quite capture me fully. A group of paleontologists gather in Gibraltar for a conference and to celebrate an historic find from a few years previously, and the main protagonist, Gideon Oliver uncovers a murder that had been made to look like an accident. There were twists and turns, as there always are with a mystery, but they were not all unexpected. This is the fifteenth in a series (of which I have read none) and the writing may suffer from trying to milk [...]

    27. This book takes a long time to take off, and even when it does its peppered with scientific terms very hard to understand for someone with no connections to archeology. Towards the middle of the book the author stats explaining things more, but still not in layman's terms. There us hardly any action and scenes that could be exciting at described with a certain ennui. It took me a week to get through this book.

    28. The book is one of his best, the mystery is straightforward and truly callous with a rather nifty twist at the end that was forshadowed in the first few pages. The characters are well drawn and all have distinct "voices" even the side characters. The book is a smooth page turner that, while it soes throw in some science, never allows that science to bog down the narrative.

    29. I continue reading this series because I like the concept and what I learn about forensic anthropology. That said, I really feel that the characters are cardboard and the plots poorly crafted and often unrealistic. I always swear that I won't read Elkins' latest, but I end up doing so anyway. Guess I'm just a murder mystery whore.

    30. Another enjoyable Gideon Oliver mystery, this one set on Gibraltar. The characters and the setting are very well done and are a very large part of what makes this book(and the series) so successful. The mystery in Uneasy Relations was fairly easy to solve, but Elkins made me feel that I was on Gibraltar and having a wonderful time, so I didn't care. Fun.

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