- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (31 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1780290632
- ISBN-13: 978-1780290638
- Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.5 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Finished Business: A Marcus Corvinus Mystery Set in Ancient Rome Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014
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"This thoroughly enjoyable mystery is bound to keep Lindsey Davis fans entertained." Library Journal
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David Wishart studied Classics at Edinburgh University and spent several years teaching in schools and at University.
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At least, that's what her spirit guide, Alexander the Great no less, would have us believe. He might have a point because Marcus' subsequent reluctant investigations reveal a death that's tied into wider conspiracies at the very highest level. Of course, having established the death was a murder and produced a witness to the actual killer, Corvinus has to go find both motive and employer of the murderer. The family are good starting points what with the conniving Tarquitia, the young mistress of our dead ex-suffect consul who inherited a lot of property and money to the displeasure of Lucius Junior. Then there's the youngest son, Hellenus, who's estranged from his family and living as an "artist" in the slums of Rome. Add into the mix people like Gallio, the dead man's bailiff, Tarquitia's husband, Titus Otillius, a lawyer by the name of Venullius,
All of this doesn't really provide any clarity for our sleuth and his usual adumbration with Perilla throws up more questions than answers.
This means Corvinus has to examine further and finds himself investigating the political circles around Surdinus which leads him into the sphere of Cassius Longinus, just recalled to Rome by Caligula from his Asia governorship, the two Gaulish senators, stoical Julius Graecinus and oleaginous Anicius Cerialis, and one Valerius Asiaticus.Read more ›
Never one not to roll his eyes at the eccentricities and foibles of Rome's elite (and non-elite), Marcus's interest is caught. Not because Postuma believes she is advised by the dead, but because the deceased is an old family friend of Marcus's wife, Perilla. In fact, Surdinus wrote to Perilla just four days before he died, enclosing a philosophical tract. Surdinus believed he was about to die and once Marcus begins to investigate his family he can understand why.
Marcus Corvinus is my favourite Roman detective and it is so good to see him engaged on another mystery, supported as he always is by Perilla and well-served as he always is by his mind-reading, dry and pithy major-domo Bathyllus and his temperamental, high-maintenance and extraordinarily gifted chef Meton. Quite apart from knowing exactly how to make me laugh, Marcus is also extremely able at sniffing out crime, being something of an otherwise idle aristocrat. His current case is especially satisfying because it appears to be all about Roman broken families.Read more ›
The plot is complex, but impossible to put down, as the story races from opulent private houses to much less salubrious parts of Rome, with likable rogues, nasty bullyboys, unlikely rescuers, noble and not so noble political leaders, to say nothing of his own temperamental chef, his snobbish butler, and the light relief of a new addition to the family. Throughout all Corvinus' chatty narration, there's a definite feeling of a race against time before what? will happen, and an always-present chill up the spine, which needs the almost hysterical relief provided by a clever, amusing phrase, such as the description of one character being 'several tiles short of a watertight roof'; I do hope the author won't mind if I keep that for future use.
Having read all of the previous Marcus Corvinus books, I have to say that this is, for me, the best to date. It must be a sign of the author's great skill that the story seemed to flow in an effortless fashion, using Corvinus' and his wife's speculations to draw the reader deeper into the investigation, straining to follow their arguments and make sense out of the information they have at each stage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Don't get me wrong this is a cracking book (as are all David Wishart's novesl in the Corvinus series).
But why do we have to pay £10+ for a Kindle edition ? Read more
Part 16 of the exciting Marcus Corvinus series is set during the period of November until January in the years AD 40/41. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Clemens
Another fascinating adventure in Ancient Rome with the well-connected sleuth Marcus Corvinus, part of an excellent series.Published 14 months ago by SLT
David Wishart continues his fine form with Marcus Corvinus. Probably the best Roman mystery series available todayPublished 14 months ago by Paul
As Marcus Corvinus would say, this book was easy-peasy to read and I absolutely enjoyed it from start to finish. Read morePublished 17 months ago by J. Lesley
There are many Roman crime series out there but Wishart's is my favourite. For one, he does actually have an understanding of ancient Rome and the sources though he wears his... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Roman Clodia