Medicus by Ruth Downie
A Novel of the Roman Empire

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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.

About Ruth Downie

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Ruth Downie is the author of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, as well as Terra Incognita, Persona Non Grata, and Caveat Emptor. She is married with two sons and lives in Devon, England.
Published December 11, 2008 by Bloomsbury USA. 418 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The unusual suspects include bar owner (and probable procurer) Merula, sinister entrepreneur Claudius Innocens (identified, in the amusingly annotated list of “Characters” that precedes the narrative, as “a sleazebag”) and Ruso’s Uriah Heep–like nemesis, nitpicking hospital administrator Priscus.

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Doctor Gaius Petrius Ruso, who recently transferred from the.

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Ruth Downie's debut follows Gaius Petrius Ruso, a recently divorced Roman Army doctor stationed in Britannia and an all-around well-meaning guy just looking for a fresh start.

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Reviewing the Evidence

the signaller's girlfriend -- a local girl with plenty to say, and Ruso's stepmother -- a woman with a lot to answer for According to the front cover, this is the first Ruso and Tilla investigation.

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Gaius Petreius Ruso, is a Medicus (doctor) with the XX Legion, stationed near Deva (Chester), in Britannia.

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