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The Lydian Baker by David Wishart
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Marcus Corvinus, in Greece, agent for his stepfather in buying a solid gold statue. Of course, there are complications and Marcus involves himself. One of the author's better mysteries. ( )
  janerawoof | Oct 24, 2014 |
Since Marcus Corvinus is in Athens, his stepfather asks him to investigate whether the statue known as the Baker, which he's thinking of buying, is genuine. The four-foot high solid gold statue has resurfaced after being lost for 300 years or more. Unfortunately the day after Corvinus talks to the seller, the seller's murdered body is found. Corvinus's most likely suspect is the expert he's hiring to authenticate the statue.

An enjoyable read as Corvinus leaves the world of high politics behind. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Aug 20, 2013 |
The third in the series, but not nearly as absorbing as the first two. Corvinus is still a compelling (and witty) central character, and the Roman atmosphere is still excellently drawn. But this one takes Corvinus out of the realm of high politics into that of art theft, which I find less interesting. ( )
  annbury | Sep 22, 2010 |
FF: Marcus Corvinus receives a letter from his stepfather Priscus, who has learned that the gold statue of a female baker, a gift to the Delphic Oracle in the 6th century BC, has reappeared and is on the black market. Marcus agrees to try to buy it, but finds himself caught up in a deadly struggle.
  edella | Jul 28, 2009 |
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In voluntary exile in Athens, Marcus Corvinus receives a letter from his antiquarian stepfather Priscus, who has learned that the 4 ft solid gold statue of a female baker, one of a large number of valuable gifts to the Delphic Oracle by the 6th century BC King Croesus of Lydia, has reappeared and is being offered for sale in Athens on the black market. Corvinus agrees to be his agent and to try and buy it. But, as a result, he finds himself caught up in the world of organised crime, as well as in a deadly struggle of interests with other, less scrupulous, collectors.

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