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Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire | [Ruth Downie]

Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire

Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind - Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper. Of course, there's also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.
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Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind - Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper. Of course, there's also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.

While Tilla tries to comfort Asper's wife, an anonymous well-wisher is busy warning the couple to get away from the case before they get hurt. Despite our hero's best efforts to get himself fired as investigator, 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 Queen.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend us your ears: listen to another Novel of the Roman Empire.

©2010 Ruth Downie (P)2011 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Downie excels in bringing the ancient world to life as well as making the attitudes and customs of its inhabitants accessible to a modern audience." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Christine CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, United States 01-21-13
    Christine CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would recommend this book. It is always delightful not to know how a story will end and the author didn't give it away.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caveat Emptor?

    The funeral was memorable when it was obvious that so few people cared about the victims.


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    Not sure


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The fact that the main character's wife would never have a child due to her own past and he decided he lover her enough to stay with her


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    very entertaining!

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    Robert 12-30-12
    Robert 12-30-12

    I'm Robert's wife, a retired physician and homeschool mom whose grown kids now love history, literature, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction

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    This entire series is fantastic. The narrator and the author have given us a treat. The history and the great characters and the details of daily life are all here. Hope there's more coming!

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    I like historical mysteries and this one was set a little further back in history than I normally like but Ruth Downie has written a fantastic series of the Roman empire.

    The narrator does a great job with the voices, for the most part, but I don't like the way he does the main woman character.

    The characters are well developed and real; even the secondary characters are complete and very human with good sides and flaws.

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    Gale Stone Mountain, GA, United States 10-08-12
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    "Good read and interesting history"

    I listened to this book because it was on sale. It was a good deal! I like historical mystery fiction like brother cadfael and the master shardlake series. This fits right in with that style. I will look forward to listening to other books in the series as time permits.

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    Jason Leawood, KS, United States 05-09-15
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    This series is unique mostly because the characters and the story lines are actually getting better. I'm enjoying the author's ability to tell an interesting story and give me an intimate view of this early AD world. Nice work.

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    Kathleen Indianapolis, IN, United States 02-07-15
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    Wonderful book --somewhat confusing in parts but the characters are fascinating. Makes you feel as if you were really there

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    Librarian OK, USA 12-04-12
    Librarian OK, USA 12-04-12

    Retired "Okie" librarian & happy to have found Audible for good stories & staying in touch with new authors & books.

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    "An Ancient Roman Detective Mystery!"

    An interesting & well written historical mystery set in Roman Britain times in a village near St. Albans. Clean, educational, & interesting I give it a definite GP rating with 4+ stars! I will be reading another Ruth Downie mystery. The title means something along the lines of "buyer beware". It is interesting how Downie ties this concept into the plot. Roso is my favorite character as he shows the reader the perks & responsibilities of being a male Roman citizen and officer. Simon Vance is an excellent narrator.

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    Stewart Delaware, OH, United States 10-08-12
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    This book was so boring that I couldn't finish it. The purchase was a waste of time.

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