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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




The new Corvinus book, 'Finished Business', comes out in hardback form on 31st July - in the UK, at least; for some arcane reason best known to publishers, as usual publication in the US and in e-book form won't happen until November. If you're within striking distance of Dundee, the launch is at Waterstone's Bookshop in Reform St on Thursday 7th August at 6.30pm. Drop-ins extremely welcome.

Speaking of drop-ins, rather a long shot, this next bit, but never mind. I've been asked by a Czech publishing house, Vetrne Mlyny, to do a mini-tour of 2 Czech, 1 Slovak and 1 Polish cities between 30th July and 3rd August in connection with their annual 'Month of Authors' (Autorske Cteni - Google it!) festival. Highly unlikely, but if anyone reading this does happen to be in Brno (30th July, 7pm, Theater Husa na Provasku), Kosice (31st July, 7pm, Galery Kasarne), Ostrava (1st August, 7pm, Club Atlantic), or Wroclaw (2nd August, 8.30pm, Library Mediateka) then please do come along and make yourself known. Very exciting, really, because I never, ever go anywhere.

Hope you're having a good summer. 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



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