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The medicus Ruso and his wife Tilla are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives.

Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When the soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment. It's clear that the sacred rites to bless her marriage to Ruso will have to wait. Tensions only increase when Branan, the family's youngest son, also vanishes. He was last seen in the company of a lone and unidentified soldier who claimed he was taking the boy to see Tilla.

As Ruso and Tilla try to solve the mystery of the two disappearances—while at the same time struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans—an intricate scheme involving slavery, changed identities, and fur trappers emerges, and it becomes imperative that Ruso find Branan before it's too late.

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The medicus Ruso and his wife Tilla are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives.

Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When the soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment. It's clear that the sacred rites to bless her marriage to Ruso will have to wait. Tensions only increase when Branan, the family's youngest son, also vanishes. He was last seen in the company of a lone and unidentified soldier who claimed he was taking the boy to see Tilla.

As Ruso and Tilla try to solve the mystery of the two disappearances—while at the same time struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans—an intricate scheme involving slavery, changed identities, and fur trappers emerges, and it becomes imperative that Ruso find Branan before it's too late.

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      • source: Entertainment Weekly
      • content: Attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor . . . One hell of a toga party.
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      • source: Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      • content: Places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe.
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      • source: Library Journal (starred review)
      • content: Shipwrecks, ex-wives, gruesome gladiatorial games, unruly children, family discord, and, of course, mayhem and murder. Highly recommended.
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      • source: Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
      • content: Ruso rocks. Let's hear it for those Romans.
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      • source: M.C. Scott, author of the Rome and Boudica series
      • content: Ruth Downie ranks among the very best of today's generation of Roman writers; by far and away the most obvious inheritor of Rosemary Sutcliff's honoured mantle. Ruso is a complex, engaging, utterly human medic, straddling the line between occupiers and occupied in the divided lands of Britannia with panache and good-humoured compassion. With a finely wrought plot, a densely woven cast of characters and plenty of action, this is a book to savor to the last sentence.
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      • source: Michael Jecks, author of the Knights Templar series
      • content: It makes book reviewing easy when you realize you are reading for pleasure! A superb evocation of the harsh life of Romans and rebels in the bandit-country of England while building Hadrian's Wall. Ruth Downie shows why she's considered the best of the Roman mystery writers. A crime writer to watch with a matchless style. Look out, Lindsey Davis!
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      • source: L.C. Tyler, author of The Herring-Seller's Apprentice
      • content: Excellent-a well-constructed murder mystery that skillfully brings Roman Britain to life. You feel that you are there in the cramped hospitals of the Roman forts or out in the bleak northern countryside watching the flickering flames of the Samain festival. The story is told with Ruth Downie's usual quirky humor and a nod towards the present day health services – the sly references to targets and quotas are very much part of the fun of the book. This is story-telling of a high order-an immensely enjoyable read.
      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history.
      • premium: False
      • source: Publishers Weekly
      • content: Immediately transports the reader to another time and place.
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      • source: The Historical Novel Society
      • content: Downie's attention to detail-both historical detail and human detail-makes this series a joy to read for the mystery lover, the classics fan, or anyone seeking more character-driven genre fiction.
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      • source: Publisher's Weekly
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        June 23, 2014
        Downie’s sixth whodunit set in second-century Britannia (after 2013’s Semper Fidelis) immediately transports the reader to another time and place with an evocative description of work on Hadrian’s Wall in the midst of an unrelenting rainstorm (“It was easy to believe that the rain threw itself at you personally; hard not to feel persecuted and aggrieved when it found its way into your boots no matter how much grease you slathered on them”). When Candidus, Roman medico Gaius Ruso’s new clerk, goes missing, Ruso uses his many connections—he’s rumored to be personally acquainted with Emperor Hadrian, and is married to a local, Tilla, whose relatives view him, understandably, with distrust—to find out what happened to Candidus. While the mystery itself isn’t one of the author’s more gripping, the book plausibly depicts life in Roman Britain and tensions between the occupiers and the occupied. Agent: George Lucas, Inkwell Management.

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        June 15, 2014
        Against a backdrop of near-constant combat, a conscientious doctor tries to find two mysteriously missing persons. Britannia, A.D. 122. Hadrian's Wall is being constructed in order to isolate Roman colonists in the south from the barbarians of Caledonia to the north. Stationed at a fort, Medical Officer Gaius Petreius Ruso (Semper Fidelis, 2013, etc.) tends the legionnaires charged with the project. When Fabius, the local centurion, gets his leg trapped in the quarry, Ruso is forced to amputate to extricate him. This is just the beginning of a series of unfortunate events to befall Ruso and his Britannian wife, Tilla, who assists her husband. Among the residents she's visited to strengthen local relations with the empire is influential local Senecio, with whom she's struck up a friendship. Silvanus the centurion reports that Ruso's clerk, the Legionary Candidus, has moved from the next fort to the hospital in Parva in the west, but no one can find him. His disappearance just might have something to do with the recent falling out between Albanus, Ruso's friend and former clerk, and his girlfriend, Grata. Zealous soldiers on the hunt for Candidus virtually ransack local farms, including Senecio's, in their scorched-earth search. Not long after, Senecio's son Brana vanishes as well, and Tilla feels especially responsible because the family mistakenly thought she was tending the boy. Ruso feels bound to investigate but also to mend relations between the rash and intimidating centurions and the wary natives. And he wonders: Could these two disappearances possibly be connected? Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history. The mystery is a nice addition but never the main attraction.

        COPYRIGHT(2014) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        March 1, 2014
        In this latest in the terrific "New York Times" best-selling series starring Roman medicus Gaius Petreius Ruso, Ruso and wife Tilla, a native of Roman-occupied Britain, are tending to those building Hadrian's Great Wall when Ruso's new clerk vanishes.

        Copyright 2014 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Then Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing. A native boy thinks he sees a body being hidden inside the wall's half-finished stonework, and a worrying rumor begins to spread. When the soldiers ransack the nearby farms looking for Candidus, Tilla's tentative friendship with a local family turns to anger and disappointment. It's clear that the sacred rites to bless her marriage to Ruso will have to wait. Tensions only increase when Branan, the family's youngest son, also vanishes. He was last seen in the company of a lone and unidentified soldier who claimed he was taking the boy to see Tilla.

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