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Ebook Germanicus by David Wishart read! Book Title: Germanicus
The size of the: 649 KB
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of issue: May 1st 2002
ISBN: 0340825316
ISBN 13: 9780340825310
The author of the book: David Wishart
Language: English
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On the whole, I liked this novel, one of the Marcus Corvinus series of ancient Roman mysteries. I didn't think it was as good as the other two in the series I've read--#1 and #10. By this time I'm used to Wishart's unconventional Rome, so that was no stumbling block. This particular mystery was just too confusing. One of the villains was not brought in until the book was nearly finished, which to my understanding, is sloppy mystery writing. I'd give the story 3.5 stars if possible.

The Empress Livia summons Marcus Corvinus and asks him to investigate the death of her son [and Tiberius's adopted son], Germanicus, the hero and general. Ostensibly, he had died of an illness, but even Tacitus has admitted the details of Germanicus's death were cloudy.

In Rome, Marcus does find evidence of a conspiracy having to do with the death, but he has raised as many questions as he has answered. The plot was confusing to me, or else I'm obtuse. After Marcus had an "Aha!" moment, I'm glad he and his wife, Perilla would discuss what he had discovered; then through their questions and answers I would "get" it.

The charismatic Germanicus had been sent away from the western part of the empire to Asia to dilute his influence. Marus and Perilla travel to Antioch, where Germanicus had died, to try to fit more pieces of the puzzle together. As the couple is getting too close to the truth for someone's comfort, they are "asked" to leave and to return to Rome. The conclusion was ingenious speculation, but plausible. I think the author took an interesting premise and made the plot a bit more complicated than it should have been.

Marcus's new stepfather, Priscus, was emphasized and was a comic figure. There were some humorous comments in this novel: e.g., concerning the innkeeper of the Two Cedars Inn in Antioch and his extended family. The sightseeing tour in Antioch, the guide, and Marcus's interior thoughts were also funny--I took this as a satire on sightseeing tours in general, with the delighted wife and the all-suffering husband.

I enjoyed this light mystery, however I felt it was too elaborate for its own good. I do recommend it, however.

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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 abroad for eleven years, in Kuwait, Greece and Saudi Arabia. He returned to Scotland in 1990 and now lives with his family in Carnoustie, mixing writing with teaching EFL and study skills at Dundee University.

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