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Solid Citizens by David Wishart
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Marcus Corvinus is in fine fettle and top form in this latest entry to the long running series. This one puts Marcus and wife Perilla in the countryside, where Marcus is asked by a local bigwig to solve the murder of another pillar of the local establishment -- one of the "solid citizens" of the title. The plot is fast moving but coherent, the characterization deft, and the story amusing. At some point Marcus (and Wishart) will presumably run out of steam, but that time is not yet. ( )
  annbury | Oct 16, 2017 |
I was thrilled to read this recent installment in the Marcus Corvinus mystery series. Our sardonic, irreverent detective, Marcus, and wife, Perilla, are visiting son-in-law Carus, a doctor, and his adopted daughter Marilla, in the country, for the Winter Festival [i.e., Saturnalia] holiday. Soon after the visitors arrive, Marcus is asked by the head of the local senate to investigate the murder of a pillar of the community, the Solid Citizen, Marcus Caecius, whose body has been found near the local brothel of all places. He's soon embroiled in the investigation. He uncovers non-salubrious facts about the town leaders and brings to light long-buried secrets. After two more gruesome murders, Carus examines the bodies and displays his forensic knowledge, such as it was back then. There's also a domestic dispute and fistfight among the 'bought help' [i.e., slaves] as to who is responsible for what, since there are servants from more than one household. After the murders are solved and everything else sorted out, everyone happily celebrates the Winter Festival. I always enjoy the domestic upset--a bit of comic relief--in each novel as much as I enjoy the 'whodunnit'. Wishart's mysteries have been getting tighter, better constructed and more complicated with each book. ( )
  janerawoof | Oct 21, 2014 |
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"While enjoying the Winter Festival holiday at his adopted daughter's home in the Alban Hills, Marcus Corvinus discovers that a local politician, Quintus Caesius, has been discovered beaten to death at the rear entrance of the town brothel. There are several suspects with reason to bear Caesius a grudge. But who would hate him enough to kill him? And what would a supposedly solid citizen be doing visiting the local brothel?"--Publisher's description.… (more)

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