I don't know how I missed Ruth Downie and the Russo series, but since the first book was published in 2007, it must be true which is a bummer for me. But, on the good side, there are now four more novels in the series ready to download without any waiting. Discovering a new series is one of the best things that I spend my credits on!
I realize that people who are very particular about historical accuracy might find Medicus trying, but I have no such standards. I thought it was great! There is a strain of sentimentality in the work that is more common is "cozy" mysteries, but that charmed me right away.
I hope the next book holds to the same tone and builds the momentum so well done in Medicus. I'm going to download book two now. Fingers crossed.
Addicted to Audible!
I enjoyed listening to this book. When I think of ancient Rome I dont think of the people being like me in my daily life. Perhaps its a bit contrived but it was fun to see a Roman Medicus from a modern perspective. Kept my interest!
I think I might have named my dog after the Medicus. His name is Gaius. He is so very likeable and at the same time seems totally real. At this point I have all 4 of Ruth Downie's books in this series. They are very entertaining murder mysteries peppered with the historically interesting.
This one is the funniest, though it has a very serious story too. There are parts of it that made me laugh out loud. I am more of a chuckler in most cases. The characterizations and the writing are great so these are stories you can listen to more than once. There's a lot more about them to enjoy even after you know who done it .
Simon Vance, as always, is perfect
This book may have some parts that ran a little long and could have been a little more tailored but is still a great listen. I was certainly hooked and the next book is even better. Ruso is a great character and one you will be glad to follow. Slightly pompous, slightly seedy yet moral, hes the perfect disheveled down on his luck and cynical detective with a heart of gold from a classic film noir. That this noir takes place in ancient Rome actually adds interest to the story, rather than making is sound too distant or academic. Downie pulls you into history so well that the reader is just as comfortable in the Roman Empire as in any modern city and her characters become familiar friends (and enemies)very quickly. Simon Vance reads Ruso perfectly and makes the story even more compelling.
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
Read the review by Marjorie from California written in 2008. She says everything I would say about this book, and says it extremely well. I give "Medicus" 5 stars instead of the 4 Marjorie awarded it, but I'm a bit of a sucker for stories about ancient Rome and for narrator Simon Vance.
I've listened to all books in this series to date and hope the new one which is out in book form gets onto Audible soon. All of the books follow the life of Gaius Petrius Ruso, a Roman doctor who is something of a murder-solving detective. It's interesting to imagine life in Roman-occupied Brittania (modern day England) and follow Ruso on his cases. Highly recommend this and other Ruth Downie books in the series.
Entertaining--not historically accurate, but the main character is determinedly grumpy and yet a softie on the inside! I'd love to see a continuation of the series, it was worth listening to.
The story is pleasing, the tone is enjoyable. The characters are fantastic. The narrator is good (not Scott Brick good, but only 3rd narrator I want to try books based on his voice).
I can think of nothing bad to say about this bood. I heartily recommend it
I love mysteries set in the Roman Empire. This one is unique in so far as it is set in Britania instead of Rome itself. Emperor Trajan has just died and Hadrian is the new emperor. The author has really captured the flavor of Roman Britain with all its vices. The hero, as the name implies is a Doctor, so we get to learn about medical practices in the Roman Empire. Our hero has angered just about everyone he possible can and is beaten and threatened throughout. It is both humorous and exciting. But all ends well. The reader is great and really makes the characters come alive. Hope to see more of this character. Great listen - very enjoyable