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Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4)Poor old Ruso is finding it hard to be a detective when everyone around him is laying games to conceal the truth Best book so far I suspect Ruso was my favourite investigator of crimes by the time I d finished the first book in Ruth Downie s Medicus series The second book expanded this world to include darker themes and the wild north And by the time Ruso went home to Gaul in the third book he was not only my favourite investigator but one of my favourite characters in any book series Left with something of an uncertain future at the end of that book I wasn t sure what to expect from the fourth book other than being sure it would be highly entertainingCaveat Emptor takes us back to Britain where Ruso and Tilla now man and wife find themselves dragged into roblems galore Tilla becomes a friend and helper to a native WOMAN WHO HAS GOT HERSELF INTO DISASTROUS TROUBLE HER who has got herself into disastrous trouble her the tax collector having disappeared with the money Ruso finds himself appointed by the The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) province s assistantrocurator to investigate the disappearance of the tax collector and his moneyWhat follows is a complex and thoroughly engrossing investigation taking us from the docksides of Londinium London to the finance offices of Verulamium St Albans A lot that involves a fascinating and shady cast of characters from lurking town guards to ower hungry councillors to weaselly clerks to half blind noblemen and so on A lot that I might add while I grasped arts of the solution half way through Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners parts kept me guessing to the end Alot that is not all it seems at any given Who Is Gloria Steinem? pointBut once the major wins of the book are the main characters and Ruth s writing Having met Ruth now and discovered what a truly nice lady she is it amazes me how she seems to be able to get into the mindset of henecked males or vicious mysogenists or the like so well that they read as truly authentic Ruso is at times hapless at times heroic mostly beleaguered and often confused He is a man who tries to do the right thing even though at times he d like nothing than to do the wrong one Tilla

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no barbarian nor is a Roman matron She is not a charicature but a erson with all the complexity that implies And as always with Ruth s writing the threads of gentle uirky humour that run throughout add counterpoint to the seriousness of the situations in which they find themselves and make the books something special and a delight to readAs a last treat here s just a taster of the sort of writing that makes me love Ruth s workAs the ostler had romised the ginger mare was keen to go but not necessarily forward After winning the argument over which of them was steering Ruso urged it out under the archway and onto the wide expanse of the North roadIf that kind of writing doesn t make you want to read then I reckon nothing willCaveat Emptor A beautifully constructed mystery And now I go on to read the next book Semper Fidelis I 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 has 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 seriesbr I have recently discovered this series of books and as I love anything about Ancient Rome these are a worthy follow up to those written by Lindsay Davies And also set at a later Roman eriod in Britannia which is less well known Will certainly to get my hands on episodes The in. 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. Trepid Ruso former legionary doctor returns in Ruth Downies fourth instalment in Caveat Emptor US version He also returns to Britannia in tow with his new wife Tilla after staying with his family in Gaul I have to admit its irritating to find that the names of the books in the US and Britain differ and you have to grub around each time a book is released If you want a hardback version you have to order from the US as well and its annoyingThe above said in Caveat Emptor the book opens with its annoyingThe above said in Caveat Emptor the book opens with returning to Britain and landing at the Napříč nekonečnem port of Londunium where he meets his friend and former legionary surgeon Vallens Ruso is hoping to return to his old trade but when a tax collector and his brother disappear on route to the settlement he is volunteered to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance of the brothers and the moneyIt s not long before the one of the bodies turns up dead not too far away from where Ruso is staying and rumours spread that he must have been killed by his brother who has ran off with the cash As usual things are not as they appear and Ruso soon finds links with the Iceni and Catuvellanni as his enuiries begin With Tilla wanting a baby Ruso is than happy when he goes off in search of the truthIt s not long however before Tilla turns up in company with a woman claiming to be the great grand daughter of none other than Boudica and she is heavilyregnant with the unborn baby of the dead man With counterfeit coins corrupt officials and deserters from the Roman army and with the threat of the Iceni Ruso has his work cut out as he soon becomes a target for the men who have a vested interest in covering what what actually happened It s another good book by Ruth Downie where the reader can expect to laugh and enjoy Ruso s exploits 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 series set in Roman ruled Britain in the Century AD has rotagonist 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 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 ride about their town and rovince The town fathers are not happy about the Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir 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 cleverlot that is slowly revealed through Ruso s investigation in classic Variance (Raise Your Weapon, policerocedural fashion albeit in the historic context in which the mystery is set The conclusion is never Mermaid predictable and is revealed only in the last fewages of the bookWhile the Hochzeit mit Hindernissen plot is clever and skillfully spun out what I liked even about Caveat Emptor was the growing complexity of the characters The relationship between Ruso and his Briton wife Tilla is extremely complicated To be sure there are masculinefeminine differences at work but this is also aairing of two extremely different eople coming from two very different cultures cosmopolitan vs tribal The two are shown to be strongly committed to each oth. 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Er but they are rarely in agreement about anything their lives together relationships with others how to investigate a crime etc That ersonal tension is consistently written into the entire run of the story and for the most art strengthens it and brings a sense of historic reality to the taleI also thought that Downie rovided a good balance of mystery story vs historic detail in Caveat Emptor The lot had a modern feel to it with its emphasis on human relationships greed Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume I pettyower struggles and bureaucratic bad behavior But there is enough historic material here living conditions Roman medicine transportation burial rites tribal relationships etc to make the story original and entertaining for the reader who chooses this genre for those ualitiesA very fine book in a good series that gets interesting with each successive episode Recommended I ve been loving this series of novels They are well researched and well written the Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ancient Egypt pace is good and the characters are interesting Iarticularly Gaius Petreius Ruso and Tilla newly married return to Britannia after a visit to his family in Gaul They have their wedding gifts all Twisted Pathways 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 Medicusosition for Ruso but has found him a job as an investigator for the local rocurator Ruso is not terribly happy since he job as an investigator for the local rocurator Ruso is not terribly happy since he NOT an investigator and feels wholly inadeuate to do the jobIt would seem that a very Stop Thinking Like a Freelancer: The Evolution of a $1M Web Designer pregnant lady has appeared at therocurator s office to report her lover the local tax collector missing Ruso is sent to a neighboring town to locate the man who with missing Ruso is sent to a neighboring town to locate the man who with brother has disappeared while on the way to Londinium with the tax monies collected in VerulamiumOf course the chief concern of the olitician s is the location of the taxes but when the tax collector s murdered body without any evidence of the the money is found the lot 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 hero The characters are realistically complex and at times just as Ruso the reader sometimes trusts and at other times distrusts the same erson All of this makes the uzzle very intriguing and keeps the reader turning the age 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 The Family-Centered Library Handbook position as a Medicus increases with little opportunity in Londinium the couple finds themselves at a crucialoint in their relationship Tilla wonders if they should art and Ruso find himself another wife After four adventures with them and having watched their artnership grow and flourish it is a decision that is as difficult for the reader to onder as it is for themWhere will the road lead in the next book I m anxious to know. 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. ,