Good Blood (Gideon Oliver Mystery, #11)
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Good Blood (Gideon Oliver #11)

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Published (first published 2004)
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Elkins sends his crime-solving couple to Italy to tour the countryside with their mutual friend, Phil. When asked to take a detour to visit with Phil’s family, things begin to heat up. The trio walks into the middle of a family meeting surrounding the recent kidnapping of Phil’s teenage relative, whose life is being held for ransom. Gideon and Julie steer clear of the family drama, until a set of bones turn up, unearthed by a construction firm in a nearby town. Gideon uses his expertise and acad...more
I was jazzed to read this book since I really liked Loot by Elkins, but this was pretty contrived. Phil is leading an adventure course in Italy’s lake district and Julie, the park ranger is helping, while her husband Gideon, the forensic anthropologist is a long for the ride. It turns out Phil is related to the wealthiest family of the city, the youngest member is kidnapped and a body is found for Gideon to jam on. The history of Italian aristocracy is interesting, and liked the blue collar cop,...more
This series is one of the more worthwhile in the recent spate of books featuring forensic anthropologists. Part travelogue, the story is set on the Italian side of Lake Maggiore, where Gideon Oliver and his forest ranger wife Julie are helping out their friend Phil who is leading a camping and cycling tour of the lake. Phil’s bratty cousin is kidnapped and his dysfunctional family, former aristicorats that take their “good blood” seriously, look like promising suspects. In the meantime, the poli...more
The actual forensic anthropology was very interesting, as was the setting, but the characters were very static and stereotypical, sometimes engaging in very stilted-seeming and too-polished dialogue. It seemed more like an "armchair-detective" story than anything. Descriptions of the scenery seemed to be straight out of a guide-book, or described from a photograph, like a flat, stale reproduction. Overall, had it not been for the forensics and many-faceted (yet almost too-straightforward) plot,...more
Kathy  Petersen
A second (the first was Little Tiny Teeth) and much more satisfying acquaintance with the Skeleton Detective. I still don't know much about Gideon Oliver or his wife Julie, but bones were much more in evidence (horrors, a pun) and put to better work, better description and discussion, too. The plot was intricate but clearly presented, considerably twisted but just about believable.

It's always nice to find a new detective to run after.
The Skeleton Doctor travels to Italy and gets himself embroiled in a case involving the local padrone. A VERY convoluted story, but generally not difficult to follow, as long as family relationships are tracked carefully. Interesting, and just generally made me want to go back to Italy for a visit, to explore the northern bits around Lake Como and Milan.

Someday...though I hope I don't find any dead bodies or kidnap victims!!
This is not my favorite in the Gideon Oliver series, but since an average effort by Elkins is better than many writers' best efforts, it's still worthy of three stars.

This one is set in Italy and involves a wealthy family and some semi-mafioso characters, but it doesn't have anywhere near as much anthropology, archaology, or history as "The Dark Place" and some of my other favorites. Still, it's a good, solid mystery.
Gideon Oliver and his wife Julie travel to Italy with their good friend Phil Boyajian so Julie can help Phil on one of his On The Cheap tours. When they arrive they discover that Phil's cousin Achille has been kidnapped. When the police find a skeleton that might belong to Achille they call on Gideons expertise as a forensic anthropologist. A good mystery with a surprising conclusion.
A very well written quick mystery. Nothing in the writing was jarringly bad, the clues worked well together, the depiction of Italy was lovely. There was less character development than I tend to like, but that is a matter of taste. I really prefer novels that happen to contain mysteries, where this is simply a mystery. This, however, is a fine example of its kind.
All right, three stars may be a bit of a stretch. Nevertheless, the book moved along quite well and the action took place in an interesting locale: the mountainous region of Northern Italy. This is part of a series by Aaron Elkins, who has written many good books which are not about Gideon Oliver.
Very good book, but I think the ending was a little wonky. Kind'a like the author didn't want you to guess it, so he just chose some random character to have perpetrated the crime.
Not one of the better Gideon Oliver mysteries. The secret is far too predictable. Still, Gideon Oliver is one of the more engaging and pleasant detectives out there.
Good story that shows just how silly people can get of blood lines and judging people by the 'good blood' that they think is in their veins.
Not one of the stronger entries in the series. Babies exchanged at birth, mysterious inheritance. I liked the setting in Italy.
Good book and entertaining characters, but more predictable than others in the Gideon Oliver series.
Good story. Interesting from the viewpoint of the family and its desire for 'purity'.
was a decent read, but i probably wouldn't recommend it to my friends.
One of the newer Gideon Oliver books, with a different twist.
This book is not worth reading unless you already love Gideon Oliver.
Kim Yoder
If you like Gideon Oliver, You'll like this installment
Gail Testa
Another good one. This one takes place in Italy.
Cynthia Mongeeaton
Another Gideon Oliver mystery - fun!
Read again 8/20/2011
Lori Mason
Neatly plotted. Intricate.
Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars
Nancy 5 stars; Ron 5 stars
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Aaron J. Elkins AKA Aaron Elkins (born Brooklyn July 24, 1935) is an American mystery writer. He is best known for his series of novels featuring forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver—the 'skeleton detective'. The fourth Oliver book, Old Bones, received the 1988 Edgar Award for Best Novel. As Oliver is a world-renowned authority, he travels around the world and each book is set in a different and...more
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