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Book Title: Food for the Fishes|
The size of the: 312 KB
Edition: Hodder & Stoughton
Date of issue: September 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9780340827390
The author of the book: David Wishart
Format files: PDF
Read full description of the books:Marcus Corvinus, the [sardonic, sassy, Senatorial, smart-talking, but smart] Roman detective at the Jersey shore. No, he's not really in in Jersey, but at Baiae, the Roman vacation spot for the upper-crust.
Corvinus and family [wife, mother, stepfather] are vacationing in Baiae, a posh resort for the idle rich. The local successful fish-farmer, Murena [which means eel], falls into a tank of moray eels and dies. To save an acquaintance who has been falsely accused of the murder, Corvinus decides to investigate, to the dismay of his family. Later they accept the fact of his sleuthing and help him with suggestions. There are more and more suspects, more and more leads, which lead to more leads, red herrings... Are two more murders connected to the first somehow? Corvinus's wife, Perilla, helps him by winning a crucial gambling game, "Twelve Lines", the ancestor of Backgammon. Really, that was fairly exciting. The author gave an explanation of "Twelve Lines" in his "Author's Note".
I really liked this mystery, but had to accept Wishart's Roman world at face value, as does anyone who reads this series. His concept was jarring at first. Customs and ways of life seemed authentic, but I had to suspend belief in certain aspects. Speech was **absolutely** anachronistic [down to the British and Yiddish slang and idioms of our time]. I'm still shaking my head and wondering at Wishart's choosing to use English terms for the Latin common words: e.g., Market square = Forum, Mantle = for men, a toga; for women, a stola, and others. But I loved seeing the wheels turn in Corvinus's head while he's trying to solve the mystery. I loved his thought processes and deductive reasoning. He pours these out in extended interior monologues. I also loved his metaphors, similes and his mild swearing expressions. I chortled my way through the book's sardonic humor and was really engrossed in solving the mystery. Corvinus is similar to Lindsey Davis's Falco, but not quite the same. [Falco did arrive first by a few years, though.] As an analogy for the two detectives I thought of music: the contrapuntal sounds of Bach and the percussive driving music of Stravinsky.
This novel is highly recommended for light reading: a witty, deductive mystery.
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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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