A Novel
Written by Ruth Downie
Narrated by Simon Vance
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A Novel
Written by Ruth Downie | Narrated by Simon Vance
According to Booklist, “fans of Alexander McCall Smith will delight” in this vividly imagined mystery, read by a 16-time Audie Award–winning narrator! In Roman-occupied Britain, military doctor Gaius Petrius Ruso sets out to catch a serial killer — and soon finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse… A New York Times bestseller hailed by Newsweek as “wonderfully entertaining.”


Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known as Chester, England) does little to improve his mood, and after a straight thirty-six-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner.Now he has a new problem: a slave who won’t talk, can’t cook, and drags trouble in her wake. Before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar. A few years earlier, after he rescued Emperor Trajan from an earthquake in Antioch, Ruso seemed headed for glory; now he’s living among heathens in a vermin-infested bachelor pad and must summon all his forensic knowledge to find a killer who may be after him next. Who are the true barbarians, the conquered or the conquerors? It’s up to Ruso-certainly the most likeable sleuth to come out of the Roman Empire-to discover the truth. With a gift for comic timing and historic detail, Ruth Downie has conjured an ancient world as raucous and real as our own.

Mysteries & Thrillers
Historical Fiction


Release Date: March 20, 2007
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Run time: 11 hours and 55 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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