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White Murder (Marcus Corvinus #7)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  89 ratings  ·  9 reviews
When Pegasus, racing mega-star and lead driver of the Whites faction, is found stabbed to death in the alleyway, Marcus Corvinus is already on site. Tracking the murderer down takes Marcus deep into the murky world of Roman chariot-racing with all its secrets, skulduggeries, and scams; and his task is not made any easier by the fact that in the process he has a lovesick ma ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published March 7th 2002)
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Around the hippodrome [racetrack] and into the Winner's Circle for Marcus Corvinus!! The mysteries are getting better and better with each book in the series; we still have the same wisecracking Marcus, his astute wife Perilla and their quirky domestic staff. This book was over 600 pp., but not a word was superfluous. This was an enjoyable light mystery I read quickly. And I learned a lot about the sport of chariot racing at the time the story was set--that of the Emperor Tiberius aka 'The Wart' ...more
As historical fiction it's wonderful. Wishart expertly uses detail, setting, and a modern voice to allow the reader to feel what life was like in Rome at the height of the empire in a way that is always interesting and never pedantic. The main characters are enchanting and realistically drawn, for that matter Wishart manages to pack a lot of personality into even bit characters, such as the devoted but filandering millionaire wife of a faction-master. As mystery, I felt it dragged a bit. There w ...more
well...unfortunately I picked up that 7th book from the Macus Corvinus Mysteries...and I really enjoyed it.
I would compare to Steven Saylor (my favourite fiction-history writer) so I have a second chance to enjoy the ancient Roman life wiht very fascinating characters.
Marcus Corvinus, the unusual Roman nobleman, wiht his special interest about wines and wineshops and crimes, is trailing the murderer of the racing mega-star Pegasus, who was stabbed in an alley...
and this leads him to discover th
JoAnne Cutting
Once you get used to the narrator's anachronistic voice, it's a decent story: complex plot, a few too many similarly named charaters to keep them straight, but certainly adventurous and entertaining. It's my first Marcus Corvinus mystery and I'm coming in in the middle of the so I expect there's a lot of backstory I don't pick up on but I have the first book "Ovid" on order and understand that it will clear up a lot of my questions about the charaters and their relationships.
This book was just too long for its own good. Convoluted motives and scams and yet the big reveal had been a niggling in my mind at least by page 100. Slog through. I do like Corvinus and Perilla and we got a dose of old friends I think all of them by the time we finished. Just too much
Okay. Pretty good until the last 20 pages when I got lost as to whodunit. Enjoyed secondary characters of Pudens and wife.
Steve James
Couldn't put this one down. Great plot and plenty of humour. Learned a few things as well.
Sep 09, 2013 Lynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Extra long, and I figured out whodunnit before the end. Better luck next time, I reckon.
Barbara Hansen
I enjoy this series, a combination history and murder. . .yeah.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Marcus Corvinus (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Ovid (Marcus Corvinus, #1)
  • Germanicus (Marcus Corvinus, #2)
  • The Lydian Baker (Marcus Corvinus, #3)
  • Sejanus (Marcus Corvinus, #4)
  • Old Bones (Marcus Corvinus, #5)
  • Last Rites (Marcus Corvinus, #6)
  • A Vote for Murder (Marcus Corvinus, #8)
  • Parthian Shot (Marcus Corvinus, #9)
  • Food for the Fishes (Marcus Corvinus, #10)
  • In at the Death (Marcus Corvinus, #11)
Ovid (Marcus Corvinus, #1) Germanicus (Marcus Corvinus, #2) Sejanus (Marcus Corvinus, #4) Old Bones (Marcus Corvinus, #5) Last Rites (Marcus Corvinus, #6)

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