S instructions in an ffort to held threaten to drive him madBut as usual all of the various dead Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society end threadsventually get woven into a or less satisfying solution The plot is well developed and complex nough 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 person All of this makes the puzzle very intriguing and keeps the reader turning the page to see what happens nextAt the nd 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 position as a Medicus increases with little opportunity in Londinium the couple finds themselves at a crucial point in their relationship Tilla wonders if they should part and Ruso find himself another wife After four adventures with them and having watched their partnership grow and flourish it is a decision that is as difficult for the reader to ponder as it is for themWhere will the road lead in the next book I m anxious to know I ve read just about very Roman mystery series SaylorJohn Maddox RobertsLindsey Davis tc and hands down the Medicus series is my favorite by FAR Not only do you get two PoV characters but Black Heart, Red Ruby each one has a compelling voice which makes it impossible NOT to keep those pages turning Newly divorced Ruso s dry humor kept me laughing all the way through Then there s Tilla whose no nonsense nature becomes increasingly pronounced throughout the seriesWith most Roman mystery series I have a huge problem with how late the author introduces the mystery Sometimes the mystery doesn t play a role until midway into the book or gasp later These works are too wrapped up in the historical background to really call themselves honest mysteriesDownie on the other hand introducesach book with the crime itself By bracketing the story within that mystery you can always xpect a focused investigation with clues and allI can NOT praise this series nough. 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.
Ruth Downie takes her Medicus series to a new level of complexity and intrigue with Caveat Emptor This fourth book in the highly ntertaining series set in Roman ruled Britain in the Second Century AD has 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 the province 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 pride about their town and province The town fathers are not happy about the 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 clever plot that is slowly revealed through Ruso s investigation in classic police procedural fashion albeit in the historic context in which the mystery is set The conclusion is never predictable and is revealed only in the last few pages of the bookWhile the plot is clever and skillfully spun out what I liked ven about Caveat Emptor was the growing complexity of the characters The relationship between Ruso and his Briton wife Tilla is Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey extremely complicated To be sure there are masculinefeminine differences at work but this is also a pairing of twoxtremely different people coming from two very different cultures cosmopolitan vs tribal The two are shown to be strongly committed to ach other but they are rarely in agreement about anything their lives together relationships with others how to investigate a crime tc That personal tension is consistently written into the ntire run of the story and for the most part strengthen. 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.
S it and brings a sense of historic reality to the taleI also thought that Downie provided a good balance of mystery story vs historic detail in Caveat Emptor The plot had a modern feel to it with its mphasis on human relationships greed petty power struggles and bureaucratic bad behavior But there is nough historic material here living conditions Roman medicine transportation burial rites tribal relationships tc to make the story original and The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs entertaining for the reader who chooses this genre for those ualitiesA very fine book in a good series that gets interesting withach successive Moreno episode Recommended Gaius Petreius Ruso and Tilla newly married return to Britannia after a visit to his family in Gaul They have their wedding gifts all packed 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 position for Ruso but has found him a job as an investigator for the local procurator Ruso is not terribly happy since he is NOT an investigator and feels wholly inadeuate to do the jobIt would seem that a very pregnant lady has appeared at the 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 the politician s is the location of the taxes but when the tax collector s murdered body without anyvidence of the the money is found the plot as they say thickensSeems that Monsieur Pain even in ancient times crime and vice in all its formsxisted as often as today infidelityillegitimacy jealousy thievery murder oh yes and counterfeiting all A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author 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 notnough various attempts on the lives of various characters insolent servants and Tilla s headstrong disobedience of Ruso. 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 fforts to get
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