Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso #1

Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso #1☉ Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso #1 PDF / Epub ❤ Author Ruth Downie – Medicus A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Achetez et tlchargez ebook Medicus A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso Series Book English Edition Boutiue Kindle Historical Medicus A Crime Novel of Novel of PDF ✓ the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Achetez et tlchargez ebook Medicus A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso Series Book English Edition Boutiue Kindle Historical fr Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Ebook written by Ruth Downie read this book using Google Play books app on your PC android Medicus A eBook å iOS devices Download for offline reading highlight bookmark or take notes while you read Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire The Buy Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire The Medicus Series Reprint by Downie Ruth ISBN from 's Book Store Everyday low Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire The Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire The A Novel of PDF/EPUB ¶ Medicus Series Downie Ruth on com FREE shipping on ualifying offers Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire The Medicus Series Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Downie Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Paperback – March by Ruth Downie Author out of stars ratings See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price New from Used from Kindle Please retry — — A Novel of the Roman PDF \ Audible Audiobook Unabridged Please retry Free with your Audible trial Hardcover Please retry — Paperback Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Historical This reads like a historical novel with a touch of mystery than a historical mystery novel The characters and the background are well drawn and interesting Downie does an excellent job of portraying Roman Britain She really makes it come to life My father retired from the Air Force so the military bureaucracy in Medicus is very familiar to me Some things never change Ruso is Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Downie Hello Sign in Account Lists Account Returns Orders Try Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Audio Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Ruth Downie Author Simon Vance Narrator Tantor Audio Publisher Start your free trial month after days Cancel anytime Free with Audible trial Start your free trial Includes this title for free ; Choose from the world's largest selection; After days Audible is mth Renews automatically Cancel anytime The Physician Wikipedia The Physician is a novel by Noah GordonIt is about the life of a Christian English boy in the th century who journeys across Europe in order to study medicine among the Persians The book was initially published by Simon Schuster on August The book did not sell well in America but in Europe it was many times a bestseller particularly in Spain and Germany selling millions of com Medicus A Novel of the Roman Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Audible Audiobook – Unabridged Ruth Downie Author Simon Vance Narrator Tantor Audio Publisher out of stars ratings See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions Price New from Used from Kindle Please retry — — Audible Audiobook Unabridged Please retry Free with your Audible trial Hardcover. Medicus is what I call a 'popcorn' book a book to pick up and settle in with for an evening's cozy reading Entertainment value 5 stars but several months from now I'll have a hard time remembering much beyond the main characters Gaius Petrius Ruso a physician stationed in Brittania with the Roman army and Tilla the slave girl he reluctantly purchases from an abusive master Ruso long suffering wry and a humanist doomed to be forever caught up in other people's suffering despite his attempts at pragmatism is the main entertainment here Downie does a decent job at bringing her world to life but the plot and various plot threads are fairly predictableInevitably I've also got to compare Medicus to Lindsay Davis's very fun and entertaining Falco series also a detective series set in ancient Rome I do feel that Downie has a better feel for writing from the male perspective but Davis's Rome is finely wrought her plots better developed Both series have a nice element of humor although readers who prefer to smile rather than laugh out loud with their mysteries might be comfortable with Downie's character driven style The novel is an ideal holiday read Set in Britain under Roman rule it tells a story of a Roman doctor cum detective character Gaius Ruso uite enjoyable if you are in the mood for some light reading Reading Medicus I’m put in mind of Colin Cotterill's Siri Paiboun series In both two men devoted to their jobs than anything else find themselves reluctantly involved in murder investigations In both we have a comedic than tragic writing style that still manages to inject notes of seriousness along the way – in Medicus it’s a reflection on slavery and sex trafficking Medicus is not a “heavy” read however It’s a very nicely written moderately complex murder mystery set in the Romano British town of Deva modern day Chester at the beginning of Hadrian’s reign AD 117 Our put upon protagonist is Gaius Petreius Ruso a doctor in the XX Legion whose marriage has failed because he was too devoted to his craft and not devoted enough to advancing his career whose family is drowning in debt and in danger of losing their Gaulish farm and whose first “mistake” is rescuing a British slave girl from her slimy ownerThe mystery isn’t all that complex or hard to figure out I enjoyed reading the book because I enjoyed following Ruso as he stumbles along inadvertently uncovering the clues view spoilerthat lead him to a corrupt and murderous Roman official and the illegal transport of slaves and kidnapped citizens hide spoiler Five stars five and again five Hurray for Medicus it's the page turner I've been looking for for a long time I read it in an entire day because I couldn't put it downSet in Roman Empire era Brittania this is the story of reluctant hero Gaius Petrius Ruso a doctor in the local army hospital who turns detective very much against his will Humorous lighthearted colorful This is Downie's first novel and I hope she's planning a whole series of Ruso mysteries Army doctor Ruso is serving in Roman occupied Britain under very trying circumstances He faces near poverty a micro managing Chief Administrative Officer the loss of his household servants mysterious deaths of prostitutes from the local bar a killer and the unexpected purchase of a beautiful British slave girl with whom he is trying not to fall in love How not to buy a slave with a broken armIf you don't get help for her soon this slave is going to die I'll take her off your handsShe's a good strong girl sir She'll perk up in a day or two I'll knock a bit off the price for that armWhat price? You told me she was lazy and uselessUseless at cleaning sir but an excellent cook And what's —Innocens raised his free arm to steady the girl as he leaned forward in a haze of fish sauce and bellowed over hammering just the thing for a healthy young man like yourself sir Ripe as a peach and never been touchedI'm not interested in touching her shouted Ruso just as the noise stoppedInnocens was smiling again Ruso suppressed an urge to grab him by the neck and shake himWhat would you like to offer sir?Ruso hesitated I'll give you fifty denarii he mutteredInnocens's jowls collapsed in disappointment He shrugged the shoulder not being used to prop up his merchandise I wish I could sir I can hardly afford to feed her But the debt I took her for was four thousandIt was a ridiculous lie Even if it wasn't Ruso didn't have four thousand denarii He didn't even have four hundred It had been an expensive summerFifty's than she's worth and you know it he insisted Look at herFifty five offered a voice from the scaffoldingWhat? put in his companion You heard the man she's a virgin Fifty sixInnocens scowled at them One thousand and she's yours sirFifty or nothingThe trader shook his head unable to believe that any fool would offer all his money at the first bid Ruso remembering with a jolt that payday was still three weeks away was barely able to believe it himselfTwo hundred sir I can't go below two hundred You'll ruin meGo on urged the chorus from the scaffolding Two hundred for this lovely ladyRuso looked up at the workmen Buy her yourselves if you like I only came out for a bottle of bath oilAt that moment the girl's body jerked A feeble cough emerged from her lips Her eyelids drifted shut A slow silver drool emerged from her mouth and came to rest in shining bubbles on the sodden wool of her tunic Claudius Innocens cleared his throatWill that fifty be cash then sir?image Greek philosophy Ruso lay on the borrowed bed and stared into the gloom that hid the cracks in the ceiling plaster reflecting that Socrates was a wise man Surveying the goods on a market stall the great one was said to have remarked What a lot of things a man doesn't needWhat a lot of things a man doesn't need That thought had comforted Ruso over the last few months The you own he had told himself the you have to worry about Possessions are a burdenThe kind of possessions which needed to be regularly fed were a double burden They were only worth having if they earned their keep by doing the laundry or barking at burglars or catching mice or carrying you somewhere or chirping in a way that your ex wife used to find entertaining It was a pity Socrates hadn't thought to add Which is why I never shop after drinking on an empty stomach Learning to appreciate British beerRuso took the dripping cup of beer and wondered whether to clear up the dishes or whether to wait and see how long it would be before Valens didValens suinted into his own beer rescued something with a forefinger and flicked it over his shoulder A rush of inuisitive puppies followed its courseHow long have you been a beer drinker?I'm not Some native gave it to me as a thank you for treating one of his childrenRuso frowned into his drink Are you sure he was grateful?Smells like goat's piss I know But you'll get used to itRuso tried another mouthful and wondered how long getting used to it would take Visit Sunny BritanniaValens's letters had made Britannia sound entertaining The islands apparently were bursting with six foot warrior women and droopy mustached poetry spouting fanatics who roamed the misty mountains stirring up uarrelsome tribesmen in the guise of religionHis own observation of Britannia now led Ruso to suspect that Valens had deliberately lured him here to relieve the boredom An open air marketFresh fish sir? A woman who was out of breath from pushing a cart up the slope lifted a cloth to display glistening silver bodies She grinned showing a gap where her front teeth should have been Just caught in time for dinnerRuso shook his headIn the space of a hundred paces he also declined a bucket of mussels a jar of pepper a delivery of coal a set of tableware an amphora of wine a bolt of cloth to make the finest bedspread in Deva some indefinable things in the shape of small sausages and an introduction to an exotic dancer Stepping onto the uay he dodged a trolley being pushed by a small boy who couldn't see over it Behind him a voice shouted Tray of plums sir?It was comforting to know that he still had the appearance of a man with money to spend Hospital administration and how to save moneyWhere's the clean linen kept?Third door on the left sir The orderly disappeared into a side corridorRuso flipped the latch and collided with the door which had failed to open as expected He rattled it to no avail then realized there was a keyhole When the orderly reappeared with an empty tray he saidWhere's the key?Officer Priscus will have it sirHe took the key to the linen closet?Officer Priscus is in charge of all the keys sirThat's ridiculousRuso contemplated the silent locked door of the linen closet He had yet to meet Officer Priscus but already he hated him The man seemed to have turned hospital administration into an art form—something incomprehensible overpriced and useless In the meantime a sick girl was huddled in a corner of the changing room facing a pile of wet towelsRuso stood back contemplated the latch for a moment and moved A splintering crash echoed down the deserted corridor He helped himself before anyone could arrive to see who had just bypassed the hospital administration with a military boot First rule with women Get their name rightBy the way I dropped in on your Tilla just now Since you were too busyRuso frowned My what?Tilla repeated Valens When there was no reply he shook his head sadly Gods above Ruso you are hopeless What have I told you? First rule with women Get the name right Anyway it looks as though you've got away with that arm Too early to say whether it'll be of any use of courseAre you sure she's called Tilla? persisted Ruso It doesn't look anything like that on the note of saleValens shrugged She said that's what you called herI didn't call her anything I can't pronounce her name It's got about fifteen syllables stuffed with g's and h's in odd placesShe seems to think you told her she'd be Tilla from now on She seemed uite cheerful about itDid she? There was no justice in the ways of the world Ruso who had saved the girl's life was rewarded with weeping and Let me die Valens who would have fixed her broken arm with a sharp saw was granted a pleasant chat How Tilla got her nameUtilis said Ruso suddenly Useful Her Latin's a bit shaky She got into a bit of a state last night Thought she was never going to get better and wanted to be off with the ancestors or something I told her she'd be utilis to meTilla The joys of house huntingSeveral would be landlords had chalked up advertisements on the amphitheater wallsThe smell of urine and old cabbage stew which hit Ruso as soon as the first door opened failed to mask the personal odor of the toothless crone who announcedHe an't here I dunno where he is and he an't done nothingI'll keep looking said RusoDid have said the next one We did have a room Somebody should have rubbed the notice offThe third room was still having its walls plastered but the owner's wife promised it would be ready by nightfallHow much?She told him Ruso laughed and walked away and she let him go The servants always knowSomebody ought to ask the servants what happened to her ventured the plump woman dabbling her fingers in the bowl held by a patient slave and drying them on the towel over his arm Servants always know everything you know It's amazingAs Ruso dipped his hands into the warm water he glanced at the face of the slave holding the bowl The man's expression gave nothing away A most persistent clerkIt was with neither joy nor enthusiasm that he opened the front door to urgent knocking shortly after dawn and found his clerk calling to ask whether there was anything he wanted doneWhat I want done explained Ruso summoning all the patience he could muster and wondering what sort of a clerk could fail to understand a staff rotation is for you to push off and not bother me until I tell you to Is that clear?Yes sirDismissedYes sir replied the man saluting but instead of pushing off as ordered he remained on the doorstepI said dismissedYes sirSo?Are you ordering me not to come sir?Of course I'm ordering you not to come Is there something the matter with your hearing?No sirRuso leaned against the door frame and yawned Albanus he said are you deliberately trying to annoy me?The man looked shocked Oh no sirDo you want to be charged with insubordination?Oh no sirThen what is the matter with you?Albanus's shoulders seemed to shrink as he glanced around to make sure there was no one listening in the street Officer Priscus's orders sirOfficer Priscus explained Ruso has seconded you to me So you do what I tell youYes sirSo what's the problem?Sir he's my superior So when he tells me to report to you in the morning I have to do itRuso sighed He only meant the first morningAlbanus shook his head No sir He told me again yesterdayRuso ran a hand through his hair I'll talk to him Now get lostAlbanus nodded eagerly Shall I get lost anywhere in particular sir?image Take delight in a community full of interwoven relationships between army doctors soldiers slave girls and hairy locals all trying to live on the edge of the Roman empireEnjoy I'm a bit of a Roman detective nut shocking I know and have read several such series I usually jump from one series to the next interspersing with Urban Fantasy or non fiction reading I read this whole series front to back without pause which should give you an indication of how much I loved itMy reviews tend to focus on setting readers' expectations rather than rehashing blurbs or plot summaries I hope this is useful to youYou can see my review for the whole series hereWhat to ExpectRuso is a physician serving as a medic in Rome's Legio XX stationed in Britannia at the start of Hadrian's reign Ruso is reluctantly he's a doctor dammit not an investigator dragged to solve a murder no one else wants to take a close look at Things naturally become much complicated than anyone expects and Ruso is both aided and frustrated by his native housekeeper TillaWhat I likedThe absolute charm of the writing All characters are fully fleshed believable with their own motivations The writing is witty the setting is rich the plot thought out and the mysteries engagingThese are the kind of books where you care for the characters Downie has a knack to depict the world views of the characters realistically switching viewpoints from a Roman medical officer to a British peasant woman It is clear that each character from main to support cast is a fully realised person with their own agendas and biasesThe plot of the stories grips you till can't put the book down Downie is masterfully weaving the investigations through sub plots distractions daily lives grand events till you just have to know what happens next Ruso may be a reluctant investigator but he has that nagging voice in his head when things don't uite fit well and it keeps him following and digging for the truth Tilla has her own sense of fairness and views on what makes the world tickDownie locates each book in a different town mostly around Roman Britain this one set in Deva Chester and future volumes in other places Downie has clearly done her research and each location comes alive with the latest modern archaeological understanding of life there seeping through her writingWhat to be aware ofThese aren't the noir mysteries I normally read and recommend While there are certainly some gruesome bits did I mention combat medic? these aren't your typical first person hard boiled detective Rather the stories are told in a lighter vein in third person perspective from either Ruso or Tilla's POV only a few scenes in the early novels with Tilla time as the series progressesMs Downie has experience with archaeology and Latin history and it shows in her writing She has elected to translate most Latin terms into modern English eg calling a master 'my lord' rather then 'domine' or using 'doctor' for physician which may sound a tad weird to those used to Latin terms from similar seriesBe aware that while it's not strictly necessary to read the books in order it certainly helps This is the perfect place to start readingSummaryI absolutely love this series I have no idea why it took me so long to get back to it but I am glad I did I devoured most of the books over my holidays which made for a very enjoyable immersive 'trip' to ancient Roman Britain The only 'problem' I have with giving this book its much deserved five stars is that the series gets even better Assaph Mehr author of Murder In Absentia A story of Togas Daggers and Magic for lovers of Ancient Rome Murder Mysteries and Urban Fantasy The mysteries in this series are all set in the time of TrajanHadrian in Roman Britain Britannia I loved the characters of Ruso the overworked compassionate Roman military doctor and Tilla his British housekeeper Some of the dry humor is laugh out loud; this book is a fast read but bears rereading to wallow in the characters' interplay I loved Ruso's interior thoughts The mystery was a perhaps secondary but necessary plot device Ruso's personality seems to me like a cross between the personalities of Arthur Dent and Eeyore if such a thing is possible Valens Ruso's devious but basically good hearted doctor roommate and friend reminds me so much of MASH's Hawkeye Pierce The beer barrel in the kitchen from one of Valens's grateful British patients perhaps? brought to mind the liuor still in the 'Swamp' Hawkeye's tent uarters I've read and own the other 4 books in the series and am eagerly awaiting #5In January 2013 I received #5 in the series Semper Fidelis; it's just as delightful as the previous 4 Semper FidelisIn August 2014 I received and read #6 Tabula Rasa This is one of Downie's best yet except for the ghastly coverThe contents inside were what interested me though The back cover made it sound so interesting and original like a historical fiction mystery with men in short tunics with great senses of humor It's really about a lonely rather boring medicus doctor for the Roman Empire stationed overseas who stumbles upon a whorehouse a couple of missing girls and some bad oysters Of course in the mix there is a beautiful resilient implausible slave girl who was possibly once royalty or a healer or ??? Did I mention the doctor is in debt trying to save the family farm which conveniently lends itself to extortion? The first 100 pages had me nearly comatose as our characters were painfully developed Then the plot kicked in and had me guessing for a few minutes until the introduction of a newish character who to mewas clearly killer I spent the last 50 pages waiting for the happy ending because well everything else ended up neatly so why not the doc and the slave girl?In the end it was tolerable but not something I'd recommend Fantastic mystery about a Roman army Medic Ruso that just can let things rest when he sees a problem injustice or human cruelty Loved this and am glad that there are 6 in the series to read What's a doc to do? Father has died leaving debts Brother has a very fertile wife Stepmother is a bit of a over shopper The less said about the ex wife the better And now here he is at the end of the worldOkay Roman BritianBut they dress weridOh and dead girls seem to like himIs this the best mystery I've ever read? No But it's not the worst either There are some wonderful touches of humor and the world feels real It's a nice diverting read

Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso #1
  • Hardcover
  • 386 pages
  • Medicus A Novel of the Roman Empire Gaius Petreius Ruso #1
  • Ruth Downie
  • English
  • 12 August 2016
  • 9781596912311