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Les-Eyzies-de-Tayac is known for three things: pâte de fois gras, truffles, and prehistoric remains. The little village, in fact, is the headquarters of the prestigious Institute de Prehistoire, which studies the abundant local fossils. But when a pet dog emerges from a nearby cave carrying parts of a human skeleton - by no means a fossilized one - Chief Inspector Lucien Anatole Joly puts in a call to his old friend, Gideon Oliver, the famed “Skeleton Detective.”

Once Gideon arrives, murder piles on murder, puzzle on puzzle, and twist follows twist in a series of unexpected events that threaten to tear the once sober, dignified Institut apart. It takes a bizarre and startling forensic breakthrough by Gideon to bring to an end a trail of deception 35, 000 years in the making.

©2000 Aaron Elkins (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 30-04-2020

Fascinating plots, settings and characters

Interesting, humorous, great relationship between Gideon and his wife, interesting local officials and scenery for each episode.
Joel Richards’ narration is fluid, well modulated, and his transitions from English to other languages is musical.

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  • 07-04-2020

Terrible French accent - very distracting

Grest story, marred only by the distraction of an execrable French accent that irritated me every time an inflexion was wrong. Couldn’t you give the poor chap some training first?

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