Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie

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It is spring in the year of 118, and Hadrian has been Emperor of Rome for less than a year. After getting involved with the murders of local prostitutes in the town of Deva, Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso needs to get out of town, so has volunteered for a posting with the Army on the volatile border where the Roman-controlled half of Britannia meets the independent tribes of the North. Not only is he going to the hinterlands of the hinterlands, but it his slave Tilla's homeland and she has some scores to settle there. Soon they find that Tilla's tribespeople are being encouraged to rebel against Roman control by a mysterious leader known as the Stag Man, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, unwillingly involved in the investigation of the murder, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the lover. Worse, he is honour bound to try to prove the man innocent - and the Army wrong - by finding another suspect. Soon both Ruso's and Tilla's lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romantic relationship.

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 August 1, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 400 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In a lively sequel to English author Downie's historical mystery Medicus (2007), its eponymous protagonist--Roman army physician Gaius Petreius Ruso--finds himself absorbed by dark deeds done in the northern wasteland of occupied Brittania.

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A judicious use of humor and a memorable protagonist lift Downie’s sequel to her bestselling debut, Medicus (2007). Toward the beginning of Hadrian’s

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Downie's thrilling murder mystery set against the vivid backdrop of the Roman Empire in the year A.D. 118 is well realized by the classical voice of Simon Vance. The reading is perfectly deliv

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... Terra Incognita, by Ruth Downie. This, the second book in the Gaius Petreius
Ruso series, finds the Roman Army doctor stationed along the ...

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