A Vote for Murder, Paperback Book

A Vote for Murder Paperback

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Marcus Corvinus is spending a few days in the Alban Hills, visiting his stepdaughter and enthusiastically patronising the local wineshop, while taking a mild interest in the forthcoming consul's elections. Then one of the two candidates is murdered, and Corvinus is all too pleased to put his holiday on hold and help with the investigation. The obvious suspect is the rival political candidate, but needless to say, the obvious solution is not the right one. In the course of his investigations Corvinus meets an unconventional young woman - the dead man's fiancee; a shady property developer; an ex-war hero; the younger son of a wealthy family who is pursuing a career as an artist and assorted low lifes. But which one is the murderer? There are two more violent deaths, plus a near miss for Corvinus himself, before (tipped off, as usual, by his intellectual wife, Perilla) Marcus uncovers a nationalists' conspiracy and solves the mystery. In a grand finale, he enters the local wine-tasting competition (which, given his dedicated attitude to training, should be a walkover) only to be beaten ...by a sheep.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 368 pages, n/a
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780340771303

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David Wishart produces great Roman mysteries from a part of Europe Rome never reached – just north of Hadrian’s Wall. A Vote for Murder is one book in Wishart’s series about Marcus Corvinus, a young patrician, set during the reign of Tiberius.The interplay among Corvinus and the recurring supporting cast is one of the strengths of Wishart’s series. Perilla (his wife), Marcia Fulvina (her aunt) and Marilla (his and Perilla’s adopted daughter) are all well developed characters and each contributes to this book, which is set in the Alban hills at Marcia’s villa. Merton (Corvinus’ chef) and Bathyllus (his somewhat surly, opinionated and insubordinate major-domo) play a major role in this book as well.The mystery itself is well plotted and the book is well written, as are all in this series. A local election provides the backdrop for the mystery, though the interplay among Merton, a sheep and Marilla is also of note. I look forward to each installment in the series, as I do to those of Steven Saylor, Lindsey Davis and Rosemary Rowe.

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