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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 19th Corvinus book (‘Family Commitments’) is now available through Amazon, in both paperback and e-book form; thank you, arithmeticist reader Andy Harrison, for emailing me to point out that, despite what it says on the back cover and in the Amazon blurb, it is the 19th book, and not the 20th. I never could get the hang of counting beyond my ten fingers.

Note that that’s publication only  through Amazon. I thought very carefully before deciding to self-publish this and any future books through their Createspace and Kindle, particularly since, over the past few years, I’ve got on extremely well with Severn House, and with my editor Kate Lyall-Grant in particular. No grouses there, absolutely none; quite the opposite. And they would have been quite happy to take the thing.

So why the change? Put it down to a typically Scots sense of guilt and desire not to impose. Publishers, understandably, need to plan their schedules well in advance; me, I’ve reached the stage where, yes, if I have a Corvinus book in mind then it gets written, but at pushing-retirement-age I’d rather not be working to contracted deadlines. For the previous two books Kate was marvellously (amazingly!) tolerant of this idiosyncrasy to the extent of agreeing to wait until they were finished before sending me the contract and putting them into the print queue; but to expect her to carry on with this indulgence – even if, as was the case, she was happy to do so –  just didn’t seem fair. Calvin has a lot to answer for where a Scot’s sense of justice is concerned, but there you are.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the book. My very best wishes to you, and as always  please do feel free to get in touch.


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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