Illegally Dead (Marcus Corvinus Series #12)

Illegally Dead (Marcus Corvinus Series #12)

by David Wishart
     
 

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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

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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 investigative status, Corvinus can't resist doing a little amateur sleuthing. And he has barely begun when two other corpses turn up and he is formally on the case. Lucius had been suffering something of a personality change because of his illness, so there is no shortage of suspects among friends and family whom he had antagonized. But Corvinus goes up many a blind alley before arriving at the heart of the mystery. As we follow Marcus Corvinus, clue by clue, on his 10th case, we allow ourselves to be diverted by rumors of Meton’s love life—and by an authentic recipe for fish pickle sauce.

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"A sinuous plot and robustly drawn characters, including an uppity slave and a formidable widow, all add piquancy to this stew of small-town misdemeanors."  —Financial Times

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When a lawyer is poisoned, Imperial Rome offers no dearth of suspects. A letter from his adopted daughter Valeria Marilla prompts Roman nobleman and sometime sleuth Marcus Corvinus (In at the Death, 2007, etc.) to venture to Castrimoenium, 25 miles to the southeast, to investigate. The physician Hyperion, father of Marilla's intended Clarus, has ruled the death of affluent lawyer Hostilius a heart attack but suspects poisoning. The dead man's slaves are logical suspects-indeed, Hyperion has kept his suspicions to himself mostly to spare them from a scorched-earth punishment-but so are several others in the lawyer's immediate circle: his widow Veturina, her brother Castor and Hostilius' law partner Quintus Acceius. Widening the field of possibilities is an abrupt, unpleasant personality change in the last year or so of Hostilius' life. Only a week earlier, he'd been attacked in the street for no apparent reason. Corvinus' casual questioning of household and community takes a darker, more urgent turn with the murder of beautiful slave-boy Cosmos, who was notorious for using his body to get what he wanted. Corvinus is chagrined to learn that Castor and Veturina have been concealing the disappearance of Hostilius' ward Paulina on the day of his death, a fact that turns out to be key to the mystery. Can no one in Castrimoenium be trusted?Rich with historical detail (including a lengthy author's note about Roman cookery), but essentially a solid traditional whodunit with a customary parade of suspects and a thickening plot, as well as the culminating deduction, lengthily explained.

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ISBN-13:
9780340840382
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
06/01/2008
Series:
Marcus Corvinus Series, #12
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
979,542
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.05(d)

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