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VINE VOICEon 8 October 2012
Five stars for the book - only one for the printed product.

My copy indicates that it was printed on demand by Amazon and if this is a sample of their output they are doing their authors no favours at all. The typeface is excessively large and the line spacing about twice what is normal in a book for adults. Until my eye adjusted to this format it was a bit like going back to primary school and the "Janet and John" first readers used in the 50s. It's the sort of layout that would be normal in a draft. There are 203 pages and I reckon they could have saved somewhere between a third and a half the paper in a normal print layout.

Please Mr Wishart, find another printer or, even better, lean on Amazon to get their act together. I, for one, haven't reached the large-print version stage just yet.

On the plus side I didn't spot any typos which is almost miraculaous these days, most publishers relying too much on spell check and far too little on experienced proof-readers.

That having been said, the novel itself (albeit a short one) is well paced and a good read. I've been a fan of Mr Wishart's Roman tales since they first appeared and have read them all and will almost certainly continue to do so but I do hope that the book production issues can be ironed out before the next one. If this were a 612 page door-stop as some of the others, like "White Murder" for example, it would probably weigh too much to lift. On a quick calulation I reckon it averages out to about half the number of words to the page of an average novel.

If you are a Corvinus fan you'll love this one and please don't be put off by my criticsim of the book's production. If you are new to them it's worth giving this one a go and then tracking down the back numbers - there are plenty. My only worry for future episodes is that Corvinus' liver is unlikely to hold out much longer, his favourite accessory being a wine-cup.
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