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Finished Business (Marcus Corvinus #16)

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November, AD 40. When a wealthy consul s wife asks Corvinus to investigate the death of her uncle, killed by a block of falling masonry during renovations on his estate in the Vatican Hills, a sceptical Corvinus is inclined to agree with the general verdict of accidental death. But his investigations reveal clear evidence of foul play, as well as unearthing several ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2014 by Creme de La Crime
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One of Wishart's "political" historical mysteries; this one involves Gaius aka Caligula. It gripped me from start to finish, but Wishart still has such a labyrinthine story I could not figure out the perpetrator. Marcus Corvinus is visited by the eccentric wife of a consul, who insists Alexander the Great has spoken to her from the spirit world and told her the accident to her uncle on his estate is really a murder. So naturally, Marcus has to investigate. Checking the construction site where ...more
I've loved this series so much and yet this could be the best of them all so far. What starts out as a 'straightforward' Roman murder mystery becomes something else entirely and it is brilliantly done. Best to have your wits about you. There are stings in the tail.

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Feb 01, 2015 Dale rated it really liked it
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I think this is only the first or second Wishart novel that I've read. I found the "yeah, pal" routine a little off-putting, and the rest of the east-end slang. But this was a really good mystery and, once I got past the overdone contemporary language, an engaging novel.
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Oct 07, 2014 Italo Italophiles rated it it was amazing
This is the latest book in the Marcus Corvinus Mystery Series, authored by David Wishart. It is set in Ancient Rome in the first century A.D. If you are new to the series, it is a good idea to read the books in order. There are recurring characters, and Corvinus's private life develops over time, and the historical events proceed chronologically, too, naturally.

Be warned that the series is a joyously vulgar impersonation of a Roman era novel, full of foul asides and mocking of persons in power,
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Sep 10, 2014 Judy Lesley rated it really liked it
As Marcus Corvinus would say, this book was easy-peasy to read and I absolutely enjoyed it from start to finish. This is my first excursion into the world of Corvinus and his lovely wife Perilla in the days of ancient Rome so coming across modern language usage in a novel set during Roman times was a slight bit startling at first. Once I settled into it, though, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Naevia Postuma has come to tell Corvinus that her uncle, Nevius Surdinus, did not ...more
Aug 28, 2014 Meg rated it it was amazing
Marcus Corvinus is aging a bit now, and becomes a grandfather when his adopted daughter and her husband have their first child. But he doesn’t quite have time to be the doting grandpa with all the mysteries, murder, and kidnapping going on around him.

Finished Business is another really great Marcus Corvinus mystery, set at the end of Caligula’s reign. The story’s on a larger Roman scale, a bit like Germanicus, because Marcus Corvinus stumbles upon a conspiracy against Caligula. This time period
A few loose ends in this one, nothing dramatic just random pieces that bug me, but loose ends isnt really fair because they are in fact written off to luck or the spirits. Always difficult to read stories where the end is literally history and unmovable. Here we know that Caligula is killed by his guards leaving the games in the end and Claudius becomes emperor. Can't say the specific games or date was in my head but ending was obvious. Wishart does do a good job of making it still have dramatic ...more
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Historical crime writer David Wishart was born in Arbroath, Scotland. He studied Classics - Latin and Greek - at Edinburgh University and after graduation taught for four years in a secondary school.

He then retrained as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and worked a
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“...the guy might be a cold-blooded amoral sadistic killer and a cartload of tiles short of a watertight roof, but there was nothing wrong with his intelligence. [Caligula in Marcus Corvinus's eyes]” 1 likes
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