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Ruso and the Demented Doctor (edition 2008)

by Ruth Downie

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Title:Ruso and the Demented Doctor
Authors:Ruth Downie
Info:Michael Joseph (2008), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Terra Incognita by Ruth Downie

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The first impressions of this book, normal length, short chapters. There is a list of important characters, its organization is interesting, with headings such as 'hindered by', 'assisted by', 'endangered by', 'not missed by', and such. Some of the characters have odd names such as Ingenuus, Postumus and Innocens, although if there was some hidden meaning there, I missed it.

Terra Incognita is the second book in the Medicus Ruso series. Gaius Petreius Ruso is a doctor in the Roman military service. The book is set in 118 C.E. Britannia. Ruso has an inquisitive personality and is observant of details. Although not involved in a murder investigation, even asked to keep his distance, he is compelled to study the matter and to seek answers to his questions, especially when they lead where others choose not to look.

The victim, a Roman Centurion, was beheaded, and his head is missing. An antlered man is seen about and hints that the gods are involved abound. The Roman unit's doctor has claimed to have done it, but it doesn't fit Ruso's understanding of events, the military wants to punish one of the locals. Plenty is at stake.

The book is enjoyable and seems well-researched. Bits of culture and history abound through the story making it easy to become immersed. The mystery is good and well as the solution. This is a fun read. ( )
  Nodosaurus | Jun 29, 2014 |
Cozy and moderately amusing.

Favorite line:
"'I've always thought,' [Ruso] said, 'That the wider view is an excuse not to look too closely at the details you don't want to see.'" ( )
  librarianarpita | Nov 5, 2013 |
published-2008, ancient-history, roman-civilisation, britain-england, period-piece, one-penny-wonder, tbr-busting-2013, summer-2013, series
Recommended to Bettie by: Mimal
Read from August 18 to 24, 2013

MANY MILES SOUTH of Coria, Ruso gathered both reins in his left hand, reached down into the saddlebag, and took out the pie he had saved from last night.

fraudio> rosado mp3>
series
hist fic> ancient hist> roman> britain
medical

Narrated by Simon Vance

From wiki: Coria was a fort and town, located 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south of Hadrian's Wall, in the Roman province of Britannia. Its full Latin name is uncertain. Today it is known as Corchester or Corbridge Roman Site, adjoining Corbridge in the English county of Northumberland. It is currently in the guardianship of English Heritage and is partially exposed as a visitor attraction, including a site museum.

3*¨Medicus
3* Terra Incognita
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  mimal | Aug 26, 2013 |
Just a fun read watching Ruso and Tilla's love story eveolve against a typical crime plot. ( )
  Candacefb | Jun 13, 2013 |
Terra Incognita is the 2nd installment of Ruth Downie's Roman Empire series. It is set in 118 AD Brittania and features Roman Empire Legionaire medic Gaius Petreius Ruso and his housekeeper/lover Tilla from Brittania. In this story Ruso and Tilla travel to the northern Brittania town of Coria, near Tilla's childhood home, where headless bodies are being found. The locals believe that an antlered man sent by one of their gods, Cernunnos, is responsible. However, one of the other medics, Thessalus, has confessed to the crime as he is terminally ill and wants to save another man from the noose. Thessalus feels it is better that he be executed since his life will end soon anyway. Ruso cannot accept this and decides he must use his forensic skills to determine who the killer is.

I love this series. All of the books are light reads and it is hard to figure out who the killer is. Downie fools me every time. The characters seem eccentric to a 21st century person but this adds to the book's appeal. Highly recommended. ( )
  Violette62 | Nov 5, 2011 |
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Nec tecum possum vivere, nec sine te / I can't live with you--nor without you. ---Martial
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Gaius Petreius Ruso, a medicus with the Roman Army in Britannia, volunteers for a posting in the northern hinterlands where rebellion is being fomented by the tribesman of his slave-lover Tilla.
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In the spring of the year 118, Gaius Petreius Ruso has been stationed in the Roman-occupied province of Britannia for nearly a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Ruso needs to get away, volunteering for a posting with the army in Britannia's deepest recesses. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there. Her tribespeople are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent--and the army wrong--by finding another culprit.… (more)

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