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Loved the book; hated the printing,
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This review is from: No Cause for Concern: Volume 13 (Marcus Corvinus) (Paperback)
This is another enjoyable outing for Marcus Corvinus, for Perilla, and for Bathylus the butler (how does he manage to be everywhere, know everything, and make his displeasure felt without saying a word?). This time, there are some other butlers who must have come from the same school, and demonstrate the same traits. The plot is is not complicated, just extremely clever, and takes us all over the place - on horseback, much to Corvinus' discomfort. Perhaps he'd be better using some of the alcohol he consumes as a rub, instead! His chatty, modern, almost slang style of speech must greatly annoy the many upright, dignified Romans whom he meets, but, in this tale, involving a serious master of crime and his intimidating enforcers, it fits in very well - although there's still no doubt that Corvinus is, understandable, slightly wary of master and men.
I have enjoyed reading all of David Wishart's Corvinus novels, but must say that neither the publisher of his last novel, "Bodies Politic", nor Amazon in the case of this story, have done him any favours. Plashmill Press were extremely slow to provide certainly this purchaser with the earlier book, and Waterstone's said they had had the same experience. This time, there's no difficulty in getting the book, but it is large, ungainly to handle, the print is excessively large, and the printed pages have been justified to the right, rather than on both sides, so that there are large gaps at the right hand side of every line, making it difficult to read the text, especially when it's showing conversations. No one has even made the effort to break words up by use of a hyphen to make better use of the space. On average, they manage 8 words to a line.
As someone who likes to keep my books, and re-read them several times, I'm not sure the binding on this one will cope with much handling. Amazon, I really expected better of you.