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Against her good judgement, Phoebe Fairfax, Canada's most reluctant sleuth, is once again embroiled in a hilarious mystery, this time involving old bones, overwhelming conceit, unrequited love - and murder. Phoebe is on her way to the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta to interview the great paleoanthropologist Dr. Graham Maxwell at the start of his world tour to exhibit his latest find - ossils that he claims are startling evidence of a whole new hominoid species, one that apparently appreciated and played music.
But not everyone thinks Maxwell is right. When Phoebe finds Maxwell's dead body in the museum the morning after the exhibition's launch and the fossils themselves go missing, she realizes she was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. As much as she'd like to leave the investigation to the police, the case won't leave her alone, not until she discovers who hated Maxwell or his theory so passionately he or she was prepared to murder the celebrated scientist.
Also entangled in this murderous comedy are Dr. Adam Woodward, who spends his summers trying to see how far back along the evolutionary path a modern man can go and still survive; Simon Visser, who has toiled in obscurity alongside Maxwell ever since he was caught faking data for his doctoral dissertation; Gillian Collins, Maxwell's lovestruck assistant; and Stan Darling, Maxwell's former classmate, now a retired oil geologist and leader of the anti-Darwinist Geologists for Jesus.
"Bones to Pick" is a laugh-out-loud novel, peopled with some of the most likeable and eccentric characters you'll ever meet; people thrown together by one man's fatal ambition and another's stubborn belief that Darwin was wrong.
"From the Hardcover edition."