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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




Just to say I'm currently (June '16) in the process of uploading the Hodder back list onto Amazon US's 'Createspace' - a gradual process since I have to wait for Cathy, my Californian cover designer, to upgrade the existing Kindle covers to hard-copy ones. We'll get there eventually.

I've also uploaded the non-Corvinus Roman books, Nero, I, Virgil  and The Horse Coin - only, for the reason just given, in e-form at present, although the paperback versions will come. Incidentally, because I did it myself, I was able to replace the Hodder Author's Note for Virgil with an appendix, Myth, History and the Belt of Pallas, which goes into the hidden-sub-plot-to-the-Aeneid side of things much more deeply and which I thought might prove interesting to historical conspiracy-theory nuts like myself. Correspondence welcomed!

The latest Corvinus book, Foreign Bodies, published by Severn House and following on from Trade Secrets, came out on 31st May - at least it did here  in the UK. US publication date and e-version...well, for some unfathomable reason they don't seem to be until November. I've never really understood why this should be, but then God and publishers do tend to move in their own mysterious ways, and you just have to expect these little anomalies.

Again, my best wishes to you all. And please do feel free to get in touch at any time.


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



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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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