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Poor old Ruso is finding it hard to be a detective when everyone around him is Thinking in Systems playing games to conceal the truth Best book so far I suspect Ruso was my favourite investigator of crimes by the time I d finished the first book in Ruth Downie s Medicus series The second book expanded this world to include darker t I ve read just about every Roman mystery series SaylorJohn Maddox RobertsLindsey Davis etc and hands down the Medicus series is my favorite by FAR Not only do you get two PoV characters but each one has a compelling voice which makes it impossible NOT to keep thoseages turning Newly divorced Ruso s dry humor kept me laughing all the way "through then there s ti i have recently "Then there s Ti I have recently this series of books and as I love anything about discovered this series of books and as I love anything about Rome these are a worthy follow up to those written by Lindsay Davies And also set at a later Roman Dream West period in Britannia which is less well known Will certainly to get my hands on episodes The intrepid Ruso former legionary doctor returns in Ruth Downies fourth instalment in Caveat Emptor US version He also returns to Britannia in tow with his new wife Tilla after staying with his family in Gaul I have to admit its irritating to find that the names of the books in the US and Britain differ and you have to grub around each time a book is released If you want a hardback version you have to order from the US as well and its annoyingThe above said in Caveat Emptor the book opens with Ruso returning to Britain and landing at theort of Londunium where he meets his friend and former legionary surgeon Vallens Ruso is hoping to return to his old trade but when a tax collector and his brother disappear on route to the settlement he is volunteered to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance of the brothers and the moneyIt s not long before the one of the bodies turns up dead not too far away from where Ruso is staying and rumours spread that he must have been killed by his brother who has ran off with the cash As usual things are not as they appear and Ruso soon finds links with the Iceni and Catuvellanni as his enuiries begin With Tilla wanting a baby Ruso is than happy when he goes off in search of the truthIt s not long however before Tilla turns up in company with a woman claiming to be the great grand daughter of none other than Boudica and she is heavily regnant with the unborn baby of the dead man With counterfeit coins corrupt officials and deserters from the Roman army and with the threat of the Iceni Ruso has his work cut out as he soon becomes a target for the men who have a vested interest in covering what what actually happened It s another good book by Ruth Downie where the reader can expect to laugh and enjoy Ruso s exploits Ruth Downie takes her Medicus series to a new level of In her fourth novel Ruth Downie brings to life the corruption and treachery of Roman occupied Britain as it closes in on her winsome leading man Gaius Petreius Ruso and his new wife Tilla. .
Omplexity and intrigue with Caveat Emptor This fourth book in the highly entertaining series set in Roman ruled Britain in the Second Century AD has The Case of the Socialist Witchdoctor and Other Stories African Writers Series protagonist Gaius Petreius Ruso and his now wife Tilla back in Londinium after a long visit to his family home in southern Gaul Ruso no longer an army medic is looking for work and reluctantly accepts an assignment from the Procurator of therovince to investigate the disappearance of a tax collector and a substantial amount of tax revenue from the nearby town of Verulamium modern St Albans With Tilla and the missing tax collector s wife and child in tow Ruso moves his investigation to Verulamium to all appearances a very law abiding and largely Romanized settlement where the local Britons talk with Babbit like ride about their town and rovince The town fathers are not happy about the Fuga dal Natale possibility of criminal scandal that has come with Ruso the Investigator and as the bodies of the tax collector and his brother turn up civic hostility becomes increasingly dangerous for Ruso and his family and colleaguesAuthor Downie has crafted a very cleverlot that is slowly revealed through Ruso s investigation in classic Savunma policerocedural fashion albeit in the historic context in which the mystery is set The conclusion is never Tinkle Tall Tales No 2 predictable and is revealed only in the last fewages of the bookWhile the predictable and is revealed only in the last few The Shadows Between Us pages of the bookWhile the is clever and skillfully spun out what I liked even about Caveat Emptor was the growing complexity of the characters The relationship between Ruso and his Briton wife Tilla is extremely complicated To be sure there are masculinefeminine differences at work but this is also aairing of two extremely different History Etched in Stone people coming from two very different cultures cosmopolitan vs tribal The two are shown to be strongly committed to each other but they are rarely in agreement about anything their lives together relationships with others how to investigate a crime etc Thatersonal tension is consistently written into the entire run of the story and for the most የተወጋ ልብ part strengthens it and brings a sense of historic reality to the taleI also thought that Downierovided a good balance of mystery story vs historic detail in Caveat Emptor The El rey de las latas plot had a modern feel to it with its emphasis on human relationships greedetty ower
STRUGGLES AND BUREAUCRATIC BAD BEHAVIOR BUT and bureaucratic bad behavior But is enough historic material here living conditions Roman medicine transportation burial rites tribal relationships etc to make the story original and entertaining for the reader who chooses this genre for those ualitiesA very fine book in a good series that gets interesting with each successive episode Recommended I ve been loving this series of novels They are well researched and well written the ace is good and the characters are interesting I artic. Have moved to the town of Verulamium where a tax man named Julius Asper has gone missing along with a lot of money As the investigation deepens and despite our hero's best efforts to get Ularly like Tilla But I thought this fourth entry rather fell down on
plot It was very readable but I thought the end was rather fell down on the lot It was still very readable but I thought the end was confusing and muddled shame Gaius Petreius Ruso and Tilla newly married return to Britannia after a visit to his family in Gaul They have their wedding gifts all acked but having left the Roman legions to travel to Gaul Ruso finds himself in Londinium without a job His fellow Medicus Valens has been unable to find a Medicus osition for Ruso but has found him a job as an investigator for the local rocurator Ruso
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is not terribly happy since he is NOT an investigator and feels not terribly happy since he is NOT an investigator and feels inadeuate to do the jobIt would seem that a very regnant lady has appeared at the The Hobbit Sketchbook procurator s office to report her lover the local tax collector missing Ruso is sent to a neighboring town to locate the man who with his brother has disappeared while on the way to Londinium with the tax monies collected in VerulamiumOf course the chief concern of theolitician s is the location of the taxes but when the tax collector s murdered body without any evidence of the the money is found the Mix Cuts und Scratches mit Rainald Goetz plot as they say thickensSeems that even in ancient times crime and vice in all its forms existed as often as today infidelityillegitimacy jealousy thievery murder oh yes and counterfeiting all existed And then as today corruption at high and low levels was intertwined All of which along with various barbarian and Roman factions muddying the situation make Ruso s life miserable As if those things were not enough various attempts on the lives of various characters insolent servants and Tilla s headstrong disobedience of Ruso s instructions in an effort to held threaten to drive him madBut as usual all of the various dead end threads eventually get woven into a or less satisfying solution Thelot is well developed and complex enough that the reader is just as confused and frustrated as the hero The characters are realistically complex and at times just as Ruso the reader sometimes trusts and at other times distrusts the same Just a Man The Real Michael Hutchence person All of this makes theuzzle very intriguing and keeps the reader turning the age to see what happens nextAt the end also as a result of Tilla s loyalty to her Britannic fellows and Ruso s loyalty to Rome as her desire to stay in Britain and his growing desire to return to Gaul as his need to find a osition as a Medicus increases with little opportunity in Londinium the couple finds themselves at a crucial Crown of Feathers point in their relationship Tilla wonders if they shouldart and Ruso find himself another wife After four adventures with them and having watched their LGBT: San Francisco: The Daniel Nicoletta Photographs partnership grow and flourish it is a decision that is as difficult for the reader toonder as it is for themWhere will the road lead in the next book I m anxious to know. Imself fired he and his bride find themselves trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft forgery buried treasure and the legacy of Boudica the rebel uee.