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Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire
by Ruth Downie

Published: 2008-03-04
Paperback : 416 pages
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“The highest praise I can offer this wonderfully entertaining portrait of the Roman Empire at its most far-flung is that I hope Downie is planning a series. Ruso is too good a character for just one book.”—Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

Divorced and down on his luck, Gaius Petreius Ruso ...
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“The highest praise I can offer this wonderfully entertaining portrait of the Roman Empire at its most far-flung is that I hope Downie is planning a series. Ruso is too good a character for just one book.”—Malcolm Jones, Newsweek

Divorced and down on his luck, Gaius Petreius Ruso has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. In a moment of weakness, after a straight thirtysix- hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to compassion and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner.

Now he has a new problem: a slave who won’t talk and can’t cook, and drags trouble in her wake. Before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar. Now Ruso must summon all his forensic knowledge to find a killer who may be after him next.

With a gift for comic timing and historical detail, Ruth Downie has conjured an ancient world as raucous and real as our own.
 
Published in the UK as Medicus (Ruso) and the Disappearing Dancing Girls.

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  "Medicus by Ruth Downie"by cbraud (see profile) 04/21/17

While the consensus was that we enjoyed the book, the reception was a bit 'lukewarm'. We were interested in reading further in the series to see how the author developed the characters. Some members felt... (read more)

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