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Murder in the Queen's Armes

(Gideon Oliver #3)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,154 ratings  ·  62 reviews
The third novel in the Edgar Award-winning Gideon Oliver series--now with an eye-catching new package. No sooner do the anthropologist and his bride check into the Queen's Armes than a mystery gets underfoot at a nearby dig. A battered body is discovered instead of the anticipated Bronze Age relic. . . .
Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Open Road Media Mystery & Thriller (first published October 1985)
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June Ahern
Mar 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mystery & forensics
Even on his honeymoon murder and mayhem follows!
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great mystery. Anthropology and forensics fun and right on. Decsription of the area were very well done- followed on Google map.
John Leland
In some ways, this is the kind of mystery I normally like very much. The detective is an agreeable academic, to be precise a professor of physical anthropology, who is normally "the smartest man in the room" (as a devoted Holmes fan, I am not fond of bumbling detectives or those who struggle through repeated false theories like Asimov's Elijah Bailey) . In this novel he is enjoying a delightful honeymoon (I am not fond of detectives with tortured private lives) in rural (or at least small-town) ...more
"Gideon Oliver, the physical anthropologist whose previous exploits have earned him (rather to his dismay) the title of the Skeleton Detective, is in England on his honeymoon. He and his wife, the delightful park ranger Julie, whom he -- and we -- met in The Dark Place, find themselves in Wessex near a dig being run by a former classmate of Gideon's, and Gideon stops by to say hello. When he arrives, he discovers not only that the always-abrasive Nate Marcus is in serious trouble and about to be ...more
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Professor Gideon Oliver is honeymooning in England and at the request of his mentor, takes a little time out to visit an old colleague. The colleague is sort of on the fringe in anthropology circles, claiming that "Wessex man" and their culture was a direct transfer from Mycenaean cultures in the Bronze Age instead of indirect transfer as the culture migrated across Europe. Despite his ideas, Gideon feels that Nate is still an excellent archaeologist and is interested to see what he's found on h ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
I love the title of this book; it's clever without being overly cutesy (like way too many cozy mysteries these days, IMHO). The Queen's Armes of the title is an old English inn, where Gideon Oliver and his new wife Julie are staying during their honeymoon. An number of seemingly unrelated odd events occur, with Gideon as the only link between them; but could there somehow be some other connection? Gideon's old mentor, Abe Goldstein certainly thinks so, but what can it be, and how does it lead to ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading the Gideon Oliver books in sequence and, finishing this third volume I am getting more interested in Professor Oliver and his adventures. Aaron Elkins blends very detailed archaeological information into his stories and it has taken me a few books to get interested in that discipline.

What I have enjoyed is Oliver's friendship with his retired mentor and professor, Abe. Their relationship is warm and real and adds some texture to the book and relief from the drier technical aspects o
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gideon Oliver is a physical anthropologist, specializing in the study of old bones, as in really old bones--all dried out and mostly forgotten until an archaeological dig comes along and unearths them. Oliver is on honeymoon in England and happens to visit a town where a former colleague is engaged in a dig. A member of the team is murdered, and it is up to Oliver to find out whodunit. Unfortunately, the bones are a lot fresher than he prefers. A nicely done whodunit, with likeable characters an ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
On his honeymoon with wife Julie in Charmouth, England, Dr. Gideon Oliver gets pulled into a dig that is causing controversy, and raising skeptical eyebrows among archaeology professionals. And when a murder occurs, Gideon finds himself working with a local detective on the investigation. A good story, and continued development of the characters, and their relationships.
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yes I enjoyed it. Nice light read.
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good suspense, good mystery, fun thriller. The book itself seems to have been dashed together--lots of editing errors and typos. But overall, a decent read.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had no idea about the full extent archaeological significance of England....but I do now! A whodunit with facts and history...what more do you need?
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So good!

The more I read of this series, the more I like it. Always interesting and intriguing, the stories are also instructive. On to the next one in the series!
Peggie Ross
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Liz V.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It isn't often that archaeologists turn up intact bodies, and fresh ones at that. This group, however, is a collection of misfits, making all eligible for murderer or murdered.
Lauren Albert
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
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 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel N.
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
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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
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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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