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Memento Mori by Ruth Downie
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Memento Mori

by Ruth Downie

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It was a hard wait for the latest in my favorite Roman mystery series but I wasn't disappointed. This time Ruso, Tilla, Baby Mara and their two slaves travel to Aquae Sulis [Bath] to prove Valens, Ruso's doctor friend from legionary days, has not killed his wife, Serena, contrary to what everyone else seems to believe and to find the real culprit. Yes, the couple had not got along; yes, Valens' wife did have a boyfriend, and yes, Valens was tempted to do away with her. Although possible motive was damning, he didn't act on it. The practical, levelheaded Ruso and the somewhat whimsical Tilla seek the truth. Their friend, Albanus, Ruso's former clerk, and his flighty wife arrive to help. Serena's father, the redoubtable Ex-Second Spear, Pertinax, who has settled in Aquae Sulis after retirement, is convinced of Valens' guilt and is fiercely protective of his twin grandsons. The governor is coming for a festival in honor of the city's patron goddess and Pertinax is insisting on a trial. Valens and the boys seek sanctuary in the temple of the goddess.

Downie has outdone herself in the progress of the mystery: how she's worked in the events having to do with it--a fire: arson?, disappearances of major characters, the possible expansion of the baths, an assassination gone wrong, and the final reveal. Her trademark dry gentle humor is a large part of the story. Ruso has become less dour and hapless and he and Tilla work well as a team in their sleuthing. Their dialogue was priceless.

Highly recommended. ( )
1 vote janerawoof | Apr 15, 2018 |
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The eighth gripping novel in the bestselling Medicus series, in which Ruso and Tilla investigate the death of the wife of Ruso's friend in the sacred hot spring of Aquae Sulis.

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