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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.A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the heart. Fearing the wrath of the goddess and the ruin of the tourist trade, the temple officials are keen to cover up what's happened. But the dead woman's father is demanding justice, and he's accusing Valens of murder.If Valens turns up to face trial, he will risk execution. If he doesn't, he'll lose his children.Ruso and Tilla do their best to help but it's difficult to get anyone—even Valens himself—to reveal what really happened. Could Ruso's friend really be guilty as charged?

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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.


A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the heart. Fearing the wrath of the goddess and the ruin of the tourist trade, the temple officials are keen to cover up what's happened. But the dead woman's father is demanding justice, and he's accusing Valens of murder.

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Ruso and Tilla do their best to help but it's difficult to get anyone—even Valens himself—to reveal what really happened. Could Ruso's friend really be guilty as charged?

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      • content: As usual, Downie can be relied on for crisp, balanced prose and a sharp eye for historic detail. The inclusion of a map, period quotations, and a cast of characters not only aids armchair detectives, but enhances authenticity.
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      • content: Characters are charming even when they are disagreeable and entertaining as they charge into dangerous situations. As a Roman citizen married to a Briton ex-slave, Ruso navigates the political and cultural waters in a way that adds an intriguing dimension to the plot . . . Highly recommended for series fans and readers of Lindsey Davis's Roman mysteries, but it also serves as a worthy stand-alone.
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      • source: The Washington Independent Review of Books
      • content: Wonderfully done. [The novel] is full of charming and delightful characters... and of incident leavened with the right amount of humor... Historical fiction enlivened by a well-crafted puzzle... Engaging.
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      • source: Historical Novel Society
      • content: Wonderful . . . It has all the twists and turns we would expect from a top-notch murder mystery, all while nestled deep into the world at the fringes of Imperial Rome. Though not needed to enjoy this novel, I'd recommend reading the first books—they're worth it
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      • content: Downie writes with her usual humor and depth . . . Perfect for fans of the Falco novels by Lindsey Davis, this entertaining New York Times best-selling series and its endearing characters deserve as long a run.
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      • content: The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic.
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      • content: Downie's plotting is as engaging as ever, as she weaves the threads of a murder mystery into the very character-driven story of Ruso and Tilla. While marital strife under the pressures of a new home and a new baby in the household could have proven tedious, these two characters and their relationship are so charmingly portrayed that every domestic scene seems of a piece. The tension between Tilla's rebellious nature and the ideal of a 'Good Roman Wife,' and the tension between Ruso's outer gruffness and inner integrity make this Medicus installment much more than a mystery novel.
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      • content: Crammed with pithy characterisation (notably the intuitive Ruso), mordant humour and beautifully integrated historical detail.
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      • content: A Ruth Downie novel offers many pleasures, not least of them the humorously conflicted marriage between Roman citizen Ruso and the Briton Tilla . . . but where Vita Brevis really scores is in its contemporary resonances with Ruso and Tilla's immigrant experience . . . Meticulously researched, the Ruso novels are historical mysteries to rank alongside those of Lindsey Davis.
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        January 1, 2018
        In ancient Rome, a busy doctor and sometime sleuth puts himself at risk to save an old friend from a trumped-up murder charge.The year is 123 C.E. Physician Gaius Petreius Ruso is interrupted mid-sheep butchering by the news that Serena, the wife of his fellow doctor and friend Valens, has been stabbed to death and Valens arrested for the crime. Reports of discord in the marriage are common knowledge, shared by Ruso and his wife, Tilla, in private conversation. After going to the sacred spring where Serena's body was found floating, Ruso visits Valens, who blames his incarceration on his father-in-law, Pertinax, a retired centurion who's never liked him. Strangely, on the same night that Serena was killed, Terentius, her presumed lover, disappeared. Valens makes things even harder on himself and Ruso when he goes on the run and a reward is placed on his head. Unsure how to proceed, Ruso naturally turns to Tilla, who's long played Nora Charles to his Nick in seven previous whodunits (Vita Brevis, 2016, etc.). Witnesses tell Ruso of a fire that directly preceded (or covered up?) Serena's murder and of Valens' calm demeanor during this crisis. Tilla, meanwhile, gets an earful about Pertinax's concerns over an heir and Serena's presumed lover. If Valens is as innocent as he seems, who's guilty? And why did the good doctor go on the run?As usual, Downie can be relied on for crisp, balanced prose and a sharp eye for historic detail. The inclusion of a map, period quotations, and a cast of characters not only aids armchair detectives, but enhances authenticity.

        COPYRIGHT(2018) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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        February 1, 2018
        It's 123 CE, and Hadrian's Wall is being constructed in Britannia. Ruso, a Roman physician assigned to the northernmost reaches of Britannia, who tended workers on the wall in Downie's Tabula Rasa (2014), is summoned south to Bath. The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found floating face down in the popular and sacred Roman bath called Aquae Sulis. The eighth in Downie's Medicus series gets off to a brisk start, showing the horror of bath officials after Minerva's sacred spring has been defiled, and their related concern that the horrific event will cut down on business. Ruso, along with his Briton wife, Tilla, must confront the reality that their friend may be summarily executed and hischildren orphaned. Ruso's attempt to clear his friend has him navigating the perilous politics of Roman Britain. Downie is masterful at depicting life in ancient Rome, and the setting of Aquae Sulis (still open to tourists) is a crime-scene coup. Readers will also want to check out Steven Saylor's outstanding Roma Sub Rosa series, starring another ancient Roman sleuth.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

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If Valens turns up to face trial, he will risk execution. If he doesn't, he'll lose his children.

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