In TRADE SECRETS, David captures day-to-day live in the heart of the Ancient Roman Empire – slaves, sandals and honeyed wine – and combines it with the patter and attitude of a gumshoe private eye. Where else in an historical mystery could you find the sentence: “Make that Medusa with a grade-one hangover, an abscessed tooth, and an extra supply of snakes”?
In the latest in this excellent series, Rome has a new emperor, and its citizens are looking forward to an era of peace. Not so Marcus Corvinus however, who finds himself investigating two murders.
From the first line, Wishart’s use of precise historical knowledge combines brilliantly with the undertakings of Corvinus, to make the modern reader feel right at home in the ancient world.
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