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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (534 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ruth Downie Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Medicus Investigations Release Date:
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Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso’s old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn’t the kind of work he’d had in mind—Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper.

Of course, there’s also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what’s become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.

While Tilla tries to comfort Asper’s wife, an anonymous well-wisher is busy warning the couple to get away from the case before they get hurt. Despite our hero’s best efforts to get himself fired as investigator, 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 queen.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bob Mitchell | 2/19/2014

    " I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I am increasingly fascinated by Roman history and life, and Ruth Downie does a credible job of bringing the day-to-day features of Roman Britain come alive. But the plot, an incomprehensible tale of murder, counterfeit coins and provincial politics, proved too complicated to follow. Even so, Ruso and Tilla, the couple at the center of the book, are likeable and strong figures. If I come across another in this series, I might well give it a chance -- and hope that the author does a better job of managing her story line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nancy | 2/17/2014

    " Antoher writer using the Roman empire as a setting. This is the latest book in a 4-book series and I have not read the other 3 yet. It is set in 2nd-century CE southern Britain, which was interesting. I found the plot to be complicated but I enjoyed the main character, although I don't find him as humorously cynical as Falco. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stellans | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoyed this book quite a bit. IMO Downie's writing has tightened up and her characters are better drawn than her first books. Plus Ruso and Tillage are not only back in Britain, he's back in the Army. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sandi | 1/26/2014

    " Ruso and Tilla return to Britannia and Ruso takes a job investigating the murder of a tax man. A bit darker in tone and much more focused on political machinations than the previous entries in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Ruth Downie

Ruth Downie won the Fay Weldon section of BBC3’s End of Story competition in 2004. She is the author of the highly acclaimed Roman Empire series, which began with her first novel, Medicus. She is married with two sons and lives in Milton Keynes, England.