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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,023 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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It is spring in the year 118, and Hadrian has been emperor of Rome for less than a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Gaius Petreius Ruso needs to get out of town. With that in mind, he has volunteered for a posting with the army in the far reaches of Britannia—a calmer place for a tired man.

But the edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the independent tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso’s slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control; and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again unwillingly pulled into the murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent—and the army wrong—by finding another culprit. Soon both Ruso’s and Tilla’s lives are in jeopardy, as is the future of their burgeoning romance.

Terra Incognita shines light on a remote corner of the ancient world, where Ruso’s luck is running short—again.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Downie’s attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor make Terra Incognita one hell of a toga party.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “This well-researched novel places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Alively sequel…Ruso rocks. Let’s hear it for those Romans.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Janet Martin | 2/9/2014

    " Getting better and better, although I am waiting for Tilla to get a bit smarter. Simon Vance, as ever he does, makes a good book even better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Susan | 2/6/2014

    " Dr. Ruso continues with his relentless investigative style in this second mystery in the series. Tilla is closely involved as in the first book. I like the dialogue and the relationships among the characters. There are humorous touches with anachronisms such as the We Sell Everything shop in England at the time of the Roman invasion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Asantorelli | 2/1/2014

    " great book going to read some more of her writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Houserlc | 1/16/2014

    " Good enough to buy another book in the series. Interesting setting, in Roman Britain. "

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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.