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Enabling JavaScript in your browser will allow you to experience all the features of our site. Learn how to enable JavaScript on your browser. See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Add to Wishlist. USD Buy Online, Pick up in Store is currently unavailable, but this item may be available for in-store purchase. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Overview When the solid gold statue of a female baker gifted to the oracle at Delphi by King Croesus of Lydia and missing for over three centuries unexpectedly reappears on the Athenian black market, Corvinus's stepfather Helvius Priscus recruits him as go-between in the purchase.

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Priscus, though, it turns out, isn't the only interested party, and where bidding methods are concerned his rivals don't play games The fourth book in the Marcus Corvinus series. Product Details About the Author. He studied Classics at Edinburgh University, and after a spell of teaching Latin and Greek in secondary school retrained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, working for various companies in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He returned to Scotland in , and lives in Carnoustie, Angus.

His first book, 'I, Virgil', was published in ; 'Ovid' - the first of the Marcus Corvinus series - followed a year later. He is married to Rona and has two children and currently four grandchildren. Average Review. Write a Review.

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. January 30, - Published on Amazon. Verified Purchase. This is a nicely, tightly-written mystery that moves smoothly to its resolution.

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Some of the character: Corvinus, a member of the Watch, although in this tale he basically investigates on behalf of Eutacticus rather shady "racketeer" type; Perilla, Corvinus' rather elegant wife, related to a poet; Sempronia, daughter of the aforementioned racketeer; Satrius, the muscle for Eutactcius; Astrapton, account for Eutacticus. Corvinus finds himself having to search for the stepson of Eutacticus, who has apparently run away.

As he investigates, he uncovers embezzlement and other deceptions, as well as murder. I must say I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of the entire mystery. The characters were nicely developed and interesting. Corvinus however would have been at home in a Mickey Spillane or Dashiel Hammet story. He spoke in colloquial 21st century, at times, and would not have been out of place as Sam Spade. There was also not much of a real feeling of this being a Roman story. With some minor adjustments the same story could have been told in any other time or place.

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It was still a pleasant read. December 8, - Published on Amazon. I have been reading the Wishart works for over a decade and enjoy all his titles but especially those in the Corvinus series. Unfortunately the books are no longer available in hard bound and the last 2 entries have been much shorter than previous additions. Wishart portrays the life of everyday Rome in all it's seedy,gritty reality and his insights into Roman politics are amazing-Der Vorleser. September 27, - Published on Amazon. This is a shorter and simpler book than most of the entries in the series. I'd been at a party on the Caelian the night before.

Messalla Corvinus, Marcus Valerius 64 B.C.-approximately 8 A.D. [WorldCat Identities]

My tongue tasted like a gladiator's jockstrap, my head was pounding like Vulcan's smithy, and if you'd held up a hand and asked me how many fingers you'd got I'd've been hard put to give a definite answer without using an abacus. My usual morning condition, in other words, and hardly the best state for a first meeting with a tough cookie like the Lady Rufia Perilla.

If you are a fan of the Didius Falco Series by Linday Davis reviewed on this site , you might recognize the tonal references to hard-boiled P. The first Falco novel was published before the first Corvinus novel. Did one copy the other?

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Did they come up with their ideas separately? That is possible. Both writers rely heavily on writing tropes and cliches for character relationships and plotlines. How do they differ? The Corvinus novels are much more vulgar, and they require a greater knowledge of Roman history to appreciate the complex storylines and wealth of historical characters. The Falco books read like dumbed-down and cleaned-up versions of Corvinus's books.

The plot of Ovid , the first in the Corvinus series, draws on several events from Roman history, and presents many historical personages. While the author does try to communicate some of the history and its significance, I would suggest the reader do some reading up on the event to fully appreciate the author's homework. The author knows his Roman history and seems to thoroughly enjoy thrashing it about in the cause of pure entertainment.

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Don't expect literature. Just sit back, read, and revel in the joyous nonsense and historical frolicking that the author concocts. No one in their right mind walks in Rome if they can avoid it. The crowds are thicker than fleas in a fourth-rate whore's mattress, the climate's boiling in summer and freezing in winter, and the streets stink all the year round of effluent, rotten vegetable and everything from cheap incense to dead dogs and month-old fish. And that's just for starters.

Step of the main thoroughfares in the poorer districts and you'll find that the more enterprising locals do a line in throat-slitting, mugging and purse-snatching that has anywhere else in the empire beaten hollow. Keep to the main drag and you've got a better-than-average chance of being hit by something thrown from a tenement.

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