this is the 194th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books
I’ve read several other of Elkin’s mysteries featuring Gideon Oliver, the “skeleton detective” and have enjoyed them all so I expected this one to be an easy and enjoyable read, and I wasn’t disappointed.
It’s about a family-owned coffee business in Tahiti, the company produces the very high-end Blue Devil coffee as well as the less expensive Breakfast Blend. There have been some accidents at the small plantation, twice injuring one of the family who is the plantation manager. When he is later found dead after an accident during a camping trip, FBI agent John Lai, also a member of the family, isn’t the only one who wonders if it is really an accident or possibly murder. Oliver is asked to take a look at the skeletal evidence and thus begins a series of events leading to some surprising discoveries.
Elkins writes well and the characters are a typical family mix. There’s some coffee information as well. A nice light mystery in an interesting locale.