Gideon Oliver is the protagonist in a series of mystery novels by American novelist Aaron Elkins. Gideon Oliver, nicknamed “The Skeleton Detective,” is a forensic anthropologist. The books are often credited with reviving the forensic mystery genre. The series was adapted (loosely) into a TV series on ABC in 1989 that ran for five episodes.

Aaron Elkins debuted his Gideon Oliver character in his own debut novel, Fellowship of Fear, which was published in 1982. The fourth installment in the series, Old Bones, won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel in 1988. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Aaron Elkins’ Gideon Oliver books in order of when they were originally published (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Gideon Oliver Books


Fellowship of Fear(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dark Place(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Queen's Armes(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Old Bones(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Curses!(1989) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Icy Clutches(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Make No Bones(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Men's Hearts(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twenty Blue Devils(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skeleton Dance(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Blood(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where There's a Will(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Unnatural Selection(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Little Tiny Teeth(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Uneasy Relations(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Skull Duggery(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dying on the Vine(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Switcheroo(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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