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Illegally Dead (Marcus Corvinus #12)

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When Corvinus receives a letter from his adopted daughter, Marilla, with a tantalizing PS mentioning a possible murder, he hot-foots it to Castrimoenium at once. Not everyone, however, agrees that Lucius Hostilius was murdered. Poison was apparently the means of death, but Lucius was terminally ill. It was only a matter of time. Although he hasn't any official ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Hodder & Stoughton
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'First thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers'; so said Dick the Butcher in King Henry VI, Part 2--well, maybe not all of them.... But one prominent lawyer, Lucius Hostilius, has died under suspicious circumstances in Castrimoenium, where Marilla, Marcus' adopted daughter, has been living with Perilla's 'courtesy aunt' Marcia. At Marilla's request to investigate, Marcus Corvinus can't help himself wanting to discover the possible perp and hurries to that small town in the Alban Hills. This nove ...more
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Corvinus is back in the Alban Hills, investigating a suspicious death. As usual, questions abound. The widow's grief is clearly sincere, but why is she hiding so much? Why was the victim attacked in the street, six days before his death, by a man no one recognised? Why is his partner in the legal firm still so upset by the death, decades ago, of his first wife? There are more personal matters too. The Corvinus household is getting older; we seem to be about to lose one member to old age, while ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Dale rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, italy, history, rome
Illegally Dead is the latest in the Corvinus series of murder mysteries set in Rome in the 1st century C.E. This one actually takes place outside Rome, in a small town called Castrimoenium, where a local lawyer has died under suspicious circumstances. For a variety of reasons the local authorities are unwilling to open a formal investigation until it is certain that it was murder. Corvinus is called in unofficially and soon the bodies start piling up.

The result is a seemingly very tangled web th
The Princess writes a letter suggesting there is a murder to solve in her area so we travel to visit. An old man who is senile is dead, his medicine has been used to fast and is filled with water, The Princess's future father in law, the local doctor suspects foul play. A nasty pile of 20 year old shenanigans is uncovered in regular style. Meton provides the funny side line this time and it is quite entertaining, but not to the level of the crazy dog in the last one.
Dec 27, 2008 Michel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the best in the series. As tightly plotted as the early Agatha Christies, fairly well written (tho the modernist dialogues can be a little tiring at times), and so amazingly likely you wonder why you didn't guess.
BTW no need to have read any of the previous in the series.
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Very nicely complicated, lots of suspects.
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Another good Corvinus mystery. Always enjoy private detectives, and this Roman series works well
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