terrafreaky reviewed Dead Men's Hearts (Gideon Oliver, Bk 8) on
A bright, breezy, witty writing style, a cunning plot, a remarkably appealing hero, some uproariously funny dialogue, and an exotic Mideast setting add up to a winning combination in anthropologist/sleuth Gideon Oliver's eighth outing. After reluctantly agreeing to help film a documentary promoting Horizon House, a center for Egyptian studies located in the Nile Valley, Gideon and his wife, Julie, are looking forward to a relaxing few weeks. But soon after they reach Luxor, an ancient skeleton unearthed at a Horizon House dig in the 1920s is misplaced, and the illustrious head of the institute, Professor Clifford Haddon, is murdered. Gideon, already nicknamed "the Skeleton Detective" for his previous forays into anthropological crime-solving, finds himself caught up in one of the oddest and most deadly adventures of his sleuthing career. A priceless Amarna statuette is at stake, and if Gideon can outwit the mysterious, galabia-clad tomb-robbers, the crooked artifact smugglers, and the bumbling Luxor police, he may be able to find the missing statue and Haddon's killer. A refreshingly funny, clever, entertaining mystery that will appeal to a broad range of readers.
A skeleton tossed on an Egyptian garbage dump is the first mystery to rattle Gideon Oliver as he arrives in the famous Valley of the Nile. There to appear in a documentary film, Gideon and his wife, Julie, expect a luxurious week of movie star treatment. Instead they land in the spotlight when Gideon finds a tantalizing secret in the discarded bones-and violence claims an Egyptologist's life. Plying his calipers as the world's finest forensic anthropoligist, Gideon's investigation of the murder leads him into the back alleys of modern Egypt and deep into the Valley of the Kings. As the pieces of a deadly puzzle fall in place, Gideon chillingly discovers that the identifying traits of a cunning killer are timeless: greed without guilt, lies without conscience...and murder without remorse.