Murder in the Queen’s Armes and Old Bones by Aaron Elkins

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 predictable but it’s interesting to watch it unfold.

The du Rocher family may or may not have “skeletons in the closet”—but they definitely have one in the basement.  In Gideon’s fourth adventure, Old Bones, Gideon is lecturing at an international forensics conference when he’s asked to examine the partial skeleton uncovered in the du Rocher basement.  Gideon determines that the remains are those of a young man, dead almost 50 years—and he pieces together a connection to local Resistance actions in WWII.  Again, the mystery is fairly predictable but it’s interesting to watch it unfold.  The dysfunctional family is a bit soap opera-ish but I like the WWII backstory.

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