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Caveat EmptorI 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 favorite by FAR Not only do you get two PoV characters but each one a compelling voice which makes it impossible NOT to keep those ages turning Newly divorced Ruso s dry humor kept me laughing all the way through Then there s Tilla whose no nonsense nature becomes increasingly ronounced throughout the seriesWith most Roman mystery series I have a huge roblem with how late the author introduces the mystery Sometimes the mystery doesn t lay 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 introduces each book with the crime itself

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bracketing the story within mystery you can always expect a focused investigation with clues and allI can NOT raise this series enough 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 fellow Medicus Valens has unable to find a Medicus osition for Ruso but has found him a job as an investigator for the local rocurator Ruso is not terri. 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. Bly happy since he is NOT an investigator and feels wholly inadeuate to the jobIt would seem that a very regnant lady has appeared at the rocurator s office seem that a very regnant lady has appeared at the rocurator s office to 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 Cocksure politician s is the location of the taxes but when the tax collector s murdered body without any evidence of the the money is found thelot 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 The lot is well developed and complex enough that the reader is just as confused and frustrated as the. 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
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Hero The characters are realistically complex and at times just as ruso the reader sometimes trusts just as Ruso the Reader Sometimes Trusts At Other sometimes trusts at other distrusts the same erson All of this makes the Porto Bello Gold puzzle very intriguing and keeps the reader turning theage 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 oint in their relationship Tilla wonders if they should #at a crucial The Three Lives of Sonata James point in their relationship Tilla wonders if they should and Ruso find himself another wife After four adventures with them and having watched theirartnership grow and flourish it is a decision that is as difficult for the reader to Mein Erster Mörder ponder as it is for themWhere will the road lead in the next book I m anxious to know Ruth Downie takes her Medicus series to a new level of complexity and intrigue with Caveat Emptor This fourth book in the highly entertaining series set in Roman ruled Britain in the Second Century AD hasrotagonist 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 rovince to inve. 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. ,