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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (750 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: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400184187
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At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home—to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family. But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave. With Tilla getting icy greetings from his relatives, Lucius's brother-in-law mysteriously drowned at sea, and the whole Ruso family teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, it's hard to imagine an unhappier reunion. That is, until Severus, the family's chief creditor, winds up dead, and the real trouble begins. Engrossing, intricate, and—as always—wonderfully comic, Ruth Downie's latest is a brilliant new installment in this irresistible series. This is everything we've come to expect from our charming, luckless hero. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plotting is clever and suspenseful, with subtle clues and lots of action, while the setting and supporting cast are vividly drawn. This is solid entertainment, nicely done.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Persona Non Grata brims with the complex characters and rich detail that have made this series a must for period mystery buffs. Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/8/2014

    " The story of Russo (medicus) and his wife, former slave, Tilla continues. Russo gets called home to Gaul, where no one wants to see him. Love the plot twists and the hilarious goings on of crazy neighbors, over devout Christians and immediate family in terror of being poor! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Tedford | 2/6/2014

    " I really like this series. Ruth Downie gives great overview of the Roman Empire. This book takes place in France. The characterizations are great and the story keeps you guessing right up to the end. Looking forward to the newest one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ekaser | 1/29/2014

    " The third outing for Gaius Petreius, Medicus with the Roman Legion, didn't grab me as well as the first two. I still enjoyed it, perhaps it was just my state of mind as I read it, as I've been quite busy with work and other things. I can't point at anything in particular that I disliked about the book, so I'm going with the "distracted" reason. Perhaps I'm looking for more growth and change in the characters than I perceived. It felt a little like the author was "moving the characters around on the stage." None the less, I will probably continue with the series, later, after I've whittled away some of the other books on my to-be-read stack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 1/22/2014

    " I decided the read the books in order so I would fully understand the characters. I found this book better than the second but not quite as good as the first. There were some repetition in the middle and at some points some unnecessary. Overall though I found the book to be engaging and I would recommend reading it if you found the first book engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/14/2014

    " Fun read and a good mystery. But some of the roman names can get confusing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 1/4/2013

    " The morose Ruso, first century Roman army medicus, returns home to Gaul with this Brittish slave/mistress Tilla. Many problems ensue with his family, former wife and corrupt local officials. The book dragged a bit for me, but had the usual wry Brittish humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Ratkowski | 3/14/2012

    " What fun reading! Am loving this series and think that this one was my favorite so far...... still have one last one to go, so we'll see... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 12/25/2011

    " Another fun visit to the Roman Empire, this time in Gaul, as the Medicus responds to an urgent letter from his family to come home. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Psirene | 4/29/2011

    " Poor Ruso too many woman, never enough money and now the new christian god to deal with. Downie has done it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 2/24/2011

    " I liked this one, too. We got to meet Ruso's family - in all their glory. I love stories that go from book to book because I'm often not ready to say goodbye to the people I've me in my books. I'm really enjoying this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Psirene | 1/19/2011

    " Poor Ruso too many woman, never enough money and now the new christian god to deal with. Downie has done it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/3/2011

    " Fun read and a good mystery. But some of the roman names can get confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 11/21/2010

    " The trip to the medical doctor's home had to be done, but I hope he returns to Britannia for any future novels. Interesting, but not my favorite. "

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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.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.