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Set in the Roman Empire, this novel starts with the holiday of Marcus Corvinus, part-time snoop, who starts to enjoy the sun, wine and food in the company of his wife, adopted daughter and his assorted and eccentric household. He'd just about managed to avoid major upsets with his mother when his daffy stepfather is discovered standing over a corpse with a dagger in his hand. There goes his peaceful holiday!
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Marcus can't believe the vague, timid old man capable of anger let alone murder so who did it? Even without the intense goading of his mother, Marcus Corvinus would investigate the puzzle anyway. To do so he insinuates himself with the locals, a curious mixture of wine and olive farmers, snobs and rogues. He discovers infidelities, long-forgotten history, wine scams, a donkey, a grizzled old veteran soldier, organised crime and rural idylls.

Wisharts Marcus Corvinus is a Roman Marlowe, with a dry sense of humour and great patience.
The review of this Book prepared by Alan J. Bishop

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   very humorous How difficult to spot villain?    -   Difficult, but some clues given Time/era of story:    -   ancient rome What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   80% Kind of investigator    -   amateur citizen investigator Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in small town Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   private investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm    -   ranch

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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