With Tilla thrust outside the fort (and into the arms of a former lover), Ruso is landed not only with Doctor Thessalus' patients but also the tricky task of getting him to retract the confession.
Facing a nightmarish investigation -trailed by the secret police, hunted by the Stag Man, and betrayed by Tilla, is it any wonder Ruso's seeking solace in the rather-too-watery local beer?
©2008 Ruth Downie; (P)2008 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Every bit as enthralling as Steven Saylor and Lindsey Davis." (Daily Express)
"Ruso is a comic invention whose fumblings lead him to the truth in spite of himself, and a character you can warm to." (Guardian)
"Steven Saylor and Lindsey Davis should be looking over their shoulders." (Daily Express)
This book I found much more satisfying than, Doctor Ruso's first adventure, but only after I got over the narrator, That is my only complaint, he made beautiful tough Tilla sound like an old hag.`
This is excellent read both 'Medicus' books, cannot wait until she writes another - really enjoyed them so I can listen to it.
Ruso volunteers to go north to Hardrian's Wall and the edge of the Roman world for Tilla's sake. Trouble finds him and Tilla; the natives are restless, the officer in charge of a fort is ruthless and all-in-all it is an explosive mixture.
On the way north, when the sabotage of a cart carrying lead leads to brake failure many poeple are hurt, some seriously. Ruso, as an army doctor, and Tilla, his housekeeper, are forced to stop at a small fort to treat the injured. Ruso finds himself temporarily the doctor in charge; the fort's doctor is 'demented' and has confessed to the murder of a young legionary. Ruso is forced to find the true murderer of the young legionary in the few days before the govenor's visit. Not only must he, reluctantly, find the real murderer he finds he also has to resolve the personal problems of various locals as well as face up to his own feelings for Tilla, who grew up in a farm near the fort.
There is much confusion, misunderstanding, humour and nail-biting tension before Ruso can even try to get to the bottom of the mystery.
This is another enjoyable tale about Ruso and army life set in Roman Britain that is well written with a light touch. Sean Barrett, an excellent narrator, brings life and colour to the story.
"Ruso is Best"
Really really enjoyed this one. Have the Ruso Series in print form and thoroughly enjoyed it. Please, Please do record the rest of the series as so enjoyed this one. Set in Roman Britain, to anyone new to the Ruso series,it is on a par with the Falco series, but the female character Tilla is much much more human then the superior Helena.
"Where are the rest?"
I love the Ruso books, but where are book 3 and 4? Pretty please audible?
"A must for fans of historic mysteries."
Having enjoyed the 1st Medicus book I had high expectations for this book, and I must say it did not disappoint. The story, plot and characters are fantastic, but where this book really shines is in the author Ruth Downie's ability to portray a vivid and well researched historic depiction of life in the Roman army on the Northern Frontier in Roman Britain. The only negative I have with this book comes in the narration. Although on the whole I found Sean Barrett's narration of this book excellent and really fitting well with the tone of the book, the problems I had were when the narrator done almost cringeworthy accents for the native Britain's and Batavian soldiers. On the whole I found this book excellent and would highly recommend it to fans of historical mysteries, and I really can not wait for Audible to add some of the other books in the Medicus series to there library of titles.
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