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Solid Citizens (A Marcus Corvinus mystery)

Solid Citizens (A Marcus Corvinus mystery) [Kindle Edition]

David Wishart
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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December, AD39. While enjoying the Winter Festival holiday at his adopted daughter’s home in the Alban Hills, Marcus Corvinus discovers that an outwardly respectable pillar of the community, local politician Quintus Caesius has been discovered beaten to death at the rear entrance of the town brothel.

Questioning those who knew the victim, Corvinus is dismayed to find Bovillae a place of small town secrets, bitter feuds, malicious gossip and deadly rivalry: a world away from the sophistication of Rome. As he is to discover, there are several suspects with reason to bear Caesius a grudge. But who would hate him enough to kill him? And what would a supposedly solid citizen be doing visiting the local brothel?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 807 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Digital; First World Publication edition (1 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780104545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780104546
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,794 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Solid Marcus Corvinus story! 28 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This great book is the 15th part of the exciting Marcus Corvinus series.
The book is set during the reign of Caligula in the first half of December of the year AD 39, and the story itself is now set in the Alban Hills where Corvinus and his wife Perilla are staying at their stepdaughter's house while enjoying the Winter Festival holiday.
At his stepdaughter's Corvinus is approached by a local senator who asks for his help in investigating the murder of Quintus Caesius, who has been found murdered at the rear entrance of the town brothel.
While questioning the local people Corvinus finds Bovillae a place of secrets, bitter feuds, malicious gossip and deadly rivalry, but still the question remains who hated the supposedly "Solid Citizen" Quintus Caesius enough to kill him?
What follows is a fascinating crime story where at first Corvinus has to struggle to get to the truth of the case but finally he will succeed to catch the culprit of this murder and thus ends this story in a very suspenseful way.
I like to recommend this book to anyone for its a "very solid Marcus Corvinus story"!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read. 4 Aug 2013
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Mr Wishart has maintained his usual high standard. Well researched, with a plot that twists & turns & down right funny. I have read all of the Corvinus series & cant wait for his next outing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 13 Aug 2013
This is once again up to the usual great standard from David Wishart, with meticulous research and his dry, tonue in cheek dialogue.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another case for the wisecracking sleuth... 16 July 2013
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Wishart is one of my goto writers in the historical mystery canon and I've usually got his books on pre-order as soon as they show up in Amazon's catalogue.

This latest outing doesn't disappoint. Coming up to the Winter Festival Corvinus and Perilla are staying at their adoptive daughter's place in the Alban Hills awaiting the arrival of Corvinus's mum and her husband the antiquarian and antiquated Priscus when Corvinus is asked to investigate the death of the Censor-elect for Bovillae; and that's as far as I go with plot and spoilers, buy the book, it's worth it!

This is typical Wishart, with Corvinus getting into all sorts of entertaining scrapes and intrigues along the way to solving the mystery with moments of comedy around the family, wineshops and the hired help. Red herring's and sub-plots abound as the mystery of the censor's death heads towards a solution. I find Wishart's style always entertaining and like several other historical mystery writers (Doherty, Gregory, Tremayne, Forrester, Davis & Saylor to name six) his writing is based upon sound research and knowledge of the time he's writing about.

Well worth 5 stars and could be read as a stand alone but better off if you've read the others.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcus Corvinus on top form! 19 July 2013
By Annie W
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The burning question has to be how our intrepid sleuth manages to drink so much wine, yet remain safely on his horse when he hates riding, yet has to trot off to Rome or Bovillae so often in the course of his investigations into the death of the censor-elect of the latter town. The descriptions of the various wines are tossed off as nonchalantly as the wines themselves, so that I would like to imagine Mr Wishart carrying out lots of vital research amongst the vineyards of Italy - only to learn from the Author's Note that the story was written in a cold, wet, windy Carnoustie. I don't suppose that would have prevented a lovely autumn exploring the Italian countryside, and David Wishart certainly paints a brilliant picture of the sophistication of Rome versus the bucolic rural and small town environment which Corvinus, in his usual dry, cynical tones, claims to dislike, even while being able to talk (and drink) happily with the working and non-working man in the local wine shop as well as deal competently with the higher echelons of society - even though he doesn't particularly care for them.

The book is extremely well-written, to the extent that the whole adventure flows seemingly effortlessly to its conclusion, in a skilful blend of investigation, domestic difficulties, familial eccentricities, and the almost farcical jostling for position between Corvinus' and his son-in-law's respective major-domos. Corvinus is delightfully anti-Establishment, and his observations are a joy. At the same time, Mr Wishart is able to create believable characters with relatively few words, giving them a humanity way beyond the stock figures they might have been - right down to those who only appear very briefly.
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1.0 out of 5 stars reduce the price 24 Nov 2014
By PHanson
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been waiting over a year for the cost of the ebook to be reduced from nearly £10 to something more affordable. I'm still waiting. im not paying a tenner for a 'bag of air' on a 'cloud'.

I've read all of the previous corvinus novels and enjoyed them hugely - they were well under a fiver each and i read the lot within three weeks. So come on...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Citizens 21 Jun 2014
David Wishart triumphs again, as of course does Marcus Corvinus. Streets ahead of any other writer I have read in the genre, with superb background, glorious humour, a good plot and engaging characters.
But have I somehow missed a book in the series? I was really looking forward to Marilla's wedding!
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