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Murder in the Queen's Armes (Gideon Oliver #3)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  968 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
Edgar® winner Aaron Elkins follows "skeleton detective" Gideon Oliver on his honeymoon, one that will prove none too sweet.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Berkley (first published October 1985)
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June Ahern
Mar 19, 2011 June Ahern rated it really liked it
If you like Aaron J. Elkins’ mysery series about physical anthropologist Gideon Oliver, mysteries, you won't be disappointed with the "Murder in the Queen’s Armes" because it’s one of the better stories of this series. Mr. Elkins books are quite easy reads, plus I have to say I truly enjoy learning about anthropology and history plus a good mystery novel. One of the problems I have with his stories is keeping a straight with the, often too many, characters involved in the whodunit. Nevertheless, ...more
Cristine Eastin
Oct 17, 2013 Cristine Eastin rated it it was ok
I read "Murder in the Queen's Armes" on a recommendation to see how to handle writing the setting as an actual place. What I learned was, if you're going to write in an exact locale, make it EXACT, or else, fictionalize it. Someone will notice the inaccuracies and be distracted by same.

In this book, because I've spent some time in Charmouth, England, I know you cannot walk up the Stonebarrow Hill and have Lyme Regis at your back to the East, it's West. I also know the correct name of the wateri
Nov 08, 2008 Betty rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of mystery & forensics
Even on his honeymoon murder and mayhem follows!
Mar 12, 2010 Charles rated it really liked it
Great mystery. Anthropology and forensics fun and right on. Decsription of the area were very well done- followed on Google map.
May 21, 2017 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library, 1992
Gideon and Julie are honeymooning in England and get mixed up in fraud and murder at a dig in Wessex. This was not nearly as good as The Dark Place ... Julie seems to have disappeared as an interesting character. Maybe things will improve if she returns to the Park Service.
Jun 17, 2017 Zezette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes I enjoyed it. Nice light read.
Peggie Ross
It was short and somewhat entertaining but most of the book involved descriptions of scenery and food and not much involved the actual mystery. Not sure I would choose to read another of the series although the central characters seemed to be interesting people.
Lauren Albert
Feb 21, 2017 Lauren Albert rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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Kamas Kirian
Enjoyable, but slower paced than The Dark Place. It kept that slower pace throughout the book. We don't even find out there's been a murder until a third of the way through the book. There's some pretty heavy foreshadowing going on in this one. At times if felt like the author was hanging out neon signs 'Here Be A Clue!', 'this is important and will play prominently later'.

One of the things that bothered me a little was identification of the body. The hole in the elbow from the wear and tear of
Oct 19, 2014 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Murder in the Queen's Armes by Aaron Elkins.

Gideon and his new bride are on their honeymoon in England. It's the happiest Gideon's been in many years and they both intend to make the most of their newly found bliss.
A museum they visit has been robbed of a priceless artifact. A part of a skull has gone missing from its exhibit. The how and why this skull fragment would be missing is perplexing to Gideon.

Gideon decides to pay a visit to a former acquaintance of his, Nate. Nate is currently in ch
Aug 06, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Elkins takes Dr. Oliver back over the Pond, through rural England, on his honeymoon. A controversial dig site raises many questions about the type of archeological finds scattered around England. When one of the students is found murdered, Oliver uses his skeletal expertise to piece some things together, both to identify the murderer and their motive. Oliver introduces his new wife to the wonders of English geography, culinary treats, and warm citizens, all while the investigation continues and ...more
Nov 09, 2013 Cat. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
We find Professor Gideon Oliver on his honeymoon, attempting to enjoy some quality time with Julie. As they travel around England, he stops in to visit a friend on his 'dig' and soon finds himself involved in the death of one of the graduation students working there. Unfortunately, his friend, Nate--who is in charge of the site--has a terribly abrasive personality, and no one likes him a bit. He has a lot to gain by the disappearance/death of the student.

Of course he didn't do it, but trying to
Jody Hamilton
Feb 12, 2017 Jody Hamilton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really like Aaron Oliver's character. Happy I have more to read in the series.
Linda Brue
Nov 20, 2016 Linda Brue rated it really liked it
Anthropology professor Gideon Oliver is honeymooning with his new wife, Julie. His plans go awry when he visits a museum in Dorchester and discovers that someone has stolen prehistoric partial human skull. The honeymoon is effectively over when a casual stop at an old friend's archaeology dig places him in the middle of murderous rivalry and death.

This is a well-plotted story, and told simply enough that even I could understand the technical bits dealing with archaeology, skeletons and the like.
Aug 19, 2008 Lighthearted rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
But why would anyone steal a thirty-thousand year-old parieto-occipital calvareal fragment?” is the key question in Murder in the Queen’s Armes. While honeymooning in England, Gideon stops by an archaeological dig to visit with a former colleague, Nate Marcus. Gideon’s not prepared for what he finds: a sullen, secretive dig crew, and a scientific community planning to investigate Nate. Rivalry, murder and mayhem are carefully intertwined in Gideon’s third adventure. The mystery is fairly predict ...more
Jan 27, 2016 Rachel rated it liked it
Gideon Oliver is honeymooning in England with his wife Julie. he stops by the archaeological dig of a friend of his, Nate Marcus, and Nate asks Gideon to come back in two weeks to verify a big find. On his way out of the dig site Gideon is stopped by one of Nate's grad students who wants to meet Gideon that night to discuss something important. The student never shows up and when Gideon returns it turns out that the student was murdered. Gideon feels responsible and begins investigating the case ...more
Sandra Strange
Mar 07, 2016 Sandra Strange rated it liked it
I really enjoy this series. This one's set in a British dig, with lots of controversy about finders of early man in Britain. I enjoy the sympathetic characters and positive overall view, and enjoyed the puzzle/mystery (which, involving murder, shows the most negative of human behaviors and motives). These mysteries often include hints at sensuality, usually more cute than offensive, but not always strictly moral.
Jan 24, 2012 Maura rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
good fluffy mystery. tho the "surprising" twists weren't so surprising, the characters were enjoyable to read about, and archeology is always interesting. i wouldn't be surprised if earlier installments of the Gideon Oliver series were a little better on the mystery side; i got the sense that this was an author who might have been running out of nifty plots.
Denise Spicer
Apr 27, 2016 Denise Spicer rated it liked it
While on his honeymoon with new bride Julie, Gideon finds himself embroiled in a murder set on an archaeological site in Dorchester, England. The plot involves some of Gideon’s previous acquaintances and gives the author the opportunity to use some of his interesting and unique character descriptions.
Only 3 because of the archaeology and Abe. The main chracters were boring. The suspects and possible motives were too common. The story took predictable turns. I'm glad the love scenes weren't too uncomfortable and the interactions were very normal - a good thing.
Feb 03, 2015 Julie rated it liked it
Gideon Oliver, the bone detective, is on his honeymoon in England. He goes by to check on an archaeological dig where later on a member disappears and is later found dead. He gets pulled into solving a case of murder, theft, and fraud.
Pretty interesting mystery and writing.
Gary Barrentine
Aug 05, 2015 Gary Barrentine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trust Gideon Oliver to find a mystery even while traveling on his honeymoon.
Jan 26, 2016 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Indifferent mystery. Not bad for a fluffy murder read, the occasional somewhat sexist asides (which added nothing to the plot but got on my nerves) cost it a star.
May 05, 2016 elaine rated it really liked it
This is an almost cozy mystery series. Physical anthropologist as a bone detective. Exotic locations, archaeological digs, murder and old bones. This was a good one and fun.
Apr 08, 2007 Penny rated it really liked it
Have some euro delicacies on hand when you read this one. The descriptions of the meals made me hungry.
Galen Johnson
Sep 25, 2013 Galen Johnson rated it really liked it
Intelligent, with warm diverse characters and a good plot. Highly recommended.
Nov 30, 2014 Pam rated it liked it
Elkins does not disappoint, and this time we get the Doc in England!
Jun 26, 2009 Elaine rated it really liked it
These four stars come with an asterisk--this was great fun and well written, but undoubtedly a murder mystery and nothing deeper.
Jul 12, 2013 Deborah rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed the twists and turns. Nothing like an unexpected ending to finish a great storyline.
Sandy Weir
Nov 17, 2013 Sandy Weir rated it really liked it
Shelves: cottage-mystery
A slightly vintage mystery that does not seem dusty and out of date! Good characters and pace. Just what I needed for a relaxing, weekend read!
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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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