Prima Facie

A Crime Novella of the Roman Empire (Roman Empire Series, Book 8.5)
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Roman Empire, Book 8.5
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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A novella from the author of the best seller Medicus, featuring reluctant investigator Ruso and his partner Tilla. A tale of murder, intrigue, and betrayal in Roman Gaul.  

It's AD 123, and the sun is shining on southern Gaul. Ex-military medic Ruso and his British wife, Tilla, are back after a long absence - but it's not the reunion anyone had hoped for.  

Ruso's brother has left him in charge of a farm he has no idea how to manage, a chronic debt problem, and a gaggle of accident-prone small children. Meanwhile his sister Flora has run away to rescue her boyfriend, who's accused of murdering a wealthy guest at a party.  

Can Ruso and Tilla save the boyfriend from the murder charge - or should they be saving Flora from the boyfriend? Will any of the guests tell the truth about the fatal party before it's too late? And meanwhile, how long can Ruso continue to lie about what's inside the bath house?

©2019 Ruth Downie (P)2019 Tantor

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Too short, but totally enjoyable

I love this series and Simon Vance’s narration. I wonder why Ruth Downie decided to do this novella rather than a full length. It was totally enjoyable, but would have much preferred a full novel.

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Too Short

Premise fine and performance good as usual but far too short. Cost 1 credit which is the same cost of nooks as equally well written but with much more substance.

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Please more!!

Loved this series beginning to end. Hope this novella means there is more to come...