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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 in Carnoustie, mixing writing with teaching EFL, Latin and study skills at Dundee University.

He is married to Rona, head of Support for Learning at St Leonards School in St Andrews, and has two children. He does not play golf but spends a great deal of his non-writing time walking the dog.
The Author




I’m just getting round to having the information in the site updated; no excuses, really, barring laziness and an unreasonable dislike of messing with computers at anything but the most basic level, but please bear with me. When the update happens (shortly, I hope!) you should find, via the cover hyperlinks at the foot of this page or the titles at the side, the cover blurb for the hitherto-missing books (‘Illegally Dead’ and the very short self-published ‘No Cause for Concern’); also of the latest (2013) one, ‘Solid Citizens’, published by Severn House. ‘Finished Business’ should be out in the UK around August 2014 (November in the US and in e-form) No cover at present, so no cover image hyperlink, but you can use the link through the title. I’m currently working on the next in the series, ‘Trade Secrets’.

Incidentally, my wife and I were thinking of taking our next summer holiday on the east coast of the US (New England area); we’ve neither of us, mirabile dictu, been to America before, so the prospect’s quite exciting. It’s a holiday, yes, but if there are any owners of local bookshops (or friends/relatives/frequent customers of the same) out there who’d like me to drop in and give a talk about the books (absolutely free, I hasten to add), then please do get in touch via the link.

Very best wishes to all of you, as always


Ebook versions

All the titles (Hodder-published and later) are available on Kindle, and Bodies Politic/No Cause for Concern are available, too, through Smashwords and the companies they supply.I’ve also Kindled and Smashworded two other books - not Corvinus, not Roman, not crime -, Hexagon and Jaeger's Howe. In their original form, the stories were written more years ago than I like to count, certainly before I was published, and then when I was Hodder slipped me into the Historical Crime slot, so  they stayed in the drawer. A great pity, since I’ve always really, really liked them, and through the magic of Kindle I can now take them out, dust them off, and – after some major rejigging and polishing - publish them myself. As I say, they are a completely different kind of book, so I'll quite understand if they're not for you. However, if you’re interested, then please do go to the Amazon Kindle site, call them up and have a look. 

That's about it for the present. Do, please, feel free to get in touch about anything. It's always good to know there's someone out there.

Very best wishes



For an author interview, go to

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lydia baker thumb   the horse coin thumb   old bones thumb  last rites thumb   white murder

  vote for murder thumb   parthian shot thumb   food for the fishes thumb   in at the death   bodies politic  

illegally dead   no cause for concern   solid citizens


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