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White Murder (A Marcus Corvinus Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

David Wishart
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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'Wishart creates a pungent, throbbingly vibrant Rome.' (Highland News Group)

'A real gripping mystery yarn with a strong vein of laconic humour.' (Peterborough Evening Telegraph)

Praise for OLD BONES:
'His learning shines through. He has a feel for ancient times yet uses modern dialogue. This neat trick manages to combine the atmosphere of the ancient world while moving the story quickly and assuredly on. Highly recommended.' (Yorkshire Evening Express)

'With the toga-wearing sleuths of Lindsey Davis and Steven Saylor prowling the alleys of Ancient Rome, is there room for Wishart's Marcus Corvinus? On this evidence the answer is resoundingly in the affirmative.' (The Times)

Praise for THE HORSE COIN:
'enjoyable . . . an ingenious solution to this ancient mystery' (Sunday Telegraph)

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When Pegasus, racing mega-star and lead driver of the Whites faction, is found stabbed to death in the alleyway beside a wineshop, Marcus Corvinus is already on site. The local District Watch - crooked to a man - claim that the killer's motive was a simple theft. Tracking the murderer down with the often-unwilling help of his wife Perilla takes Marcus deep into the murky world of Roman chariot-racing with all its secrets, skulduggeries and scams; and his task is not made any easier by the fact that in the process he has a lovesick major-domo, an invisible dagger and Mount Etna to contend with.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 686 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0340771283
  • Publisher: Hodder (10 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340771283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340771280
  • ASIN: B005QOIMH8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #80,876 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another engrossing Roman mystery from Wishart 28 Mar 2007
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Pegasus was a charioteer and at the height of his fame, a sporting superstar. So why did he suddenly transfer from the Greens, Rome's premier team, to the second-division Whites? More pressingly, who knifed him in a back alley and why are the authorities doing a cover-up?

Marcus Valerius Corvinus, minor aristocrat and amateur sleuth, was around and he can't resist a mystery. He knows he shouldn't get involved. Chariot racing is the biggest thing in Rome and the money involved in betting is huge. There is a murky side to the business, with allegations of race-fixing and horse-nobbling, and some very unpleasant characters who are well-connected enough not to be put off by Corvinus's status if they decide to do some harm. Politics are involved and Corvinus doesn't do politics. And early on someone drops in the name of Corvinus's least-favourite imperial, Prince Gaius (the future emperor Caligula), a fanatical Greens supporter.

Of course our hero cannot ignore the challenge and the result is a highly detailed and typically engrossing Wishart-Corvinus good read played out in Rome, the port of Ostia, and the green and fertile (things change) province of Sicily.

Wishart has a characteristic approach in his Marcus Corvinus novels. The hero has a tendency to wilful anachronism in speech and attitude that is refreshing at first, though it can be overdone and grow a bit tedious. The author avoids Latin words so the Forum becomes Market Square, togas are mantles and so on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars racing certainty 29 May 2009
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When Pegasus, racing mega-star and lead driver of the Whites faction, is found stabbed to death in the alleyway, Marcus Corvinus is already on site. Tracking the murderer down takes Marcus deep into the murky world of Roman chariot-racing with all its secrets, skulduggeries, and scams; and his task is not made any easier by the fact that in the process he has a lovesick major-domo, an invisible dagger, and Mount Etna to contend with.

As taut, pacy and gripping as usual. Great scene on the slopes of Etna.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Horse doping 27 Oct 2013
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Back in the time the plot is set chariot racing is a major sport followed by all classes of society. It is therefore the ideal setting for Marcus Virginia to investigate the death of a famous horse chariot driver and a famous horse. Setting in Rome and Sicily the plot is intertwined with local characters and details of the countryside and horse breeding and racing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 17 Jun 2013
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you cant beat the detective for being ham handed and having his mad family and slaves all involved in helping him sort the puzzles
somehow he always has that puzzle come into focus and justice is done ... or is it
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