It's no surprise when Gideon's modern-day forensic investigation upends the fifty-year old conclusions of the island police and various "experts," but no one expects that his examination of old bones will turn up fresh bodies. But old bones tell many tales and when old murders come to light, they have a way of leading to new ones. The now-competent Jersey police are on the case, but it falls to the Skeleton Detective to be at his sharpest to put all the pieces together...and to keep the body count from mounting still higher.

Praise for Aaron Elkins's Gideon Oliver Mysteries:

-“Lively and entertaining.”
The Seattle Times
 -“A series that never disappoints.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer
-“Elkins is a master.”
The Dallas Morning News
-"No one does it better than Aaron Elkins.” 
The San Diego Union-Tribune
-“The whole world is Gideon Oliver’s playing field in Elkins’s stylish mysteries"   
The New York Times Book Review

Switcheroo   (February 2016)

By Aaron Elkins

The Skeleton Detective is back. After a well-earned, three-year vacation, forensic anthropologist Gideon Oliver returns to the fray.

A cold case dating from the 1960s draws him to Britain's remote and exotic Channel Islands half-a-century later to shine a light on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the separate, still-unsolved homicides of two men who died there on the same night. 

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....And the Critics Weigh in on Them

"The Elkins show why they are perennial favorites....Just the ticket for fans of Margaret Truman or classic Mary Stewart." Library journal

"Witty, intelligent, and delightful. . . . Aaron Elkins is notable among mystery writers in that he can take a heap of nasty old human bones and turn them into suspense and humor” The Washington Times​

"The thrills are indeed heady . . . Mr. Elkins and his insouciant hero have their witty fun with the corps d'elite of the international art establishment while providing some pretty amazing information on the ...forgeries scams that give the experts nightmares." The New York Times Book Review

"Engaging, funny, and cleverly plotted...Lee Ofsted is an original ....charming." Syracuse Post-Standard

"These are the kind of novels that give genre fiction a good name."  Booklist

The Series

The Alix London Series, by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins--With good reason, she's called the Art Whisperer, but her unique and dangerous talent is as likely to get her in big trouble as it is to help her solve art crimes.

The Gideon Oliver Series, by Aaron Elkins--
Aaron's Skeleton Detective is the father of the forensic genre, having first appeared in 1982 at the age of 37. Now, over thirty years later, he's still finding skeletons in closets. (And he's only 41. How does he do it? Literary magic!)

The Chris Norgren Series, by Aaron Elkins-You'd think a museum curator of Renaissance and Baroque Art would lead a quiet, even dull, danger-free life...but you'd be dead wrong.

The Lee Ofsted Series, by Charlotte and Aaron Elkins--Young golf pro Lee Ofsted doesn't often find herself in big trouble during tournaments. But off the can be murder.

The Standalone thrillers, (Loot, Turncoat, and The Worst Thing), by Aaron Elkins. Chases through the capitals of Europe, looted art, festering grievances, and the devils within us--with three different, unique protagonists.

Between them, this multiple-award-winning writing team has four well-received mystery series (and three standalone thrillers), all going strong.