[Free E–pub] Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) BY Ruth Downie

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  • Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4)
  • Ruth Downie
  • English
  • 09 January 2018
  • 1608197077

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Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Ruth Downie Read Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) In her fourth novel Ruth Downie brings to life the corruption and treachery of Roman occupied Britain as it closes in on her winsome leading man Gaius Petreius Ruso and his new wife Tilla. Ruth Downie takes her Medicus series to a new level of complexity and intrigue with Caveat Emptor This fourth book in the highly entertaining series set in Roman ruled Britain in the Second Century AD has protagonist Gaius Petreius Ruso and his now wife Tilla back in Londinium after a long visit to his family home in southern Gaul Ruso no longer an army medic is looking for work and reluctantly accepts an assignment from the Procurator of the province to investigate the disappearance of a tax collector and a substantial amount of tax revenue from the nearby town of Verulamium modern St Albans With Tilla and the missing tax collector s wife and child in tow Ruso moves his investigation to Verulamium to all appearances a very law abiding and largely Romanized settlement where the local Britons talk with Babbit like pride about their town and province The town fathers are not happy about the possibility of criminal scandal that has come with Ruso the Investigator and as the bodies of the tax collector and his brother turn up civic hostility becomes increasingly dangerous for Ruso and his family and colleaguesAuthor Downie has crafted a very clever plot that is slowly revealed through Ruso s investigation in classic police procedural fashion albeit in the historic context in which the mystery is set The conclusion is never predictable and is revealed only in the last few pages of the bookWhile the plot is clever and skillfully spun out what I liked even about Caveat Emptor was the growing complexity of the characters The relationship between Ruso and his Briton wife Tilla is extremely complicated To be sure there are masculinefeminine differences at work but this is also a pairing of two extremely different people coming from two very different cultures cosmopolitan vs tribal The two are shown to be strongly committed to each other but they are rarely in agreement about anything their lives together relationships with others how to investigate a crime etc That personal tension is consistently written into the entire run of the story and for the most part strengthens it and brings a sense of historic reality to the taleI also thought that Downie provided a good balance of mystery story vs historic detail in Caveat Emptor The plot had a modern feel to it with its emphasis on human relationships greed petty power struggles and bureaucratic bad behavior But there is enough historic material here living conditions Roman medicine transportation burial rites tribal relationships etc to make the story original and entertaining for the reader who chooses this genre for those ualitiesA very fine book in a good series that gets interesting with each successive episode Recommended

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Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Ruth Downie Read Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) Imself fired he and his bride find themselves trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft forgery buried treasure and the legacy of Boudica the rebel uee. I ve been loving this series of novels They are well researched and well written the pace is good and the characters are interesting I particularly like Tilla But I thought this fourth entry rather fell down on the plot It was still very readable but I thought the end was rather confusing and muddled shame

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Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) Summary ✓ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Free download Å E-book, or Kindle E-pub æ Ruth Downie Read Caveat Emptor: A Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series, 4) Have moved to the town of Verulamium where a tax man named Julius Asper has gone missing along with a lot of money As the investigation deepens and despite our hero's best efforts to get h. I suspect Ruso was my favourite investigator of crimes by the time I d finished the first book in Ruth Downie s Medicus series The second book expanded this world to include darker themes and the wild north And by the time Ruso went home to Gaul in the third book he was not only my favourite investigator but one of my favourite characters in any book series Left with something of an uncertain future at the end of that book I wasn t sure what to expect from the fourth book other than being sure it would be highly entertainingCaveat Emptor takes us back to Britain where Ruso and Tilla now man and wife find themselves dragged into problems galore Tilla becomes a friend and helper to a native woman who has got herself into disastrous trouble her man the tax collector having disappeared with the money Ruso finds himself appointed by the province s assistant procurator to investigate the disappearance of the tax collector and his moneyWhat follows is a complex and thoroughly engrossing investigation taking us from the docksides of Londinium London to the finance offices of Verulamium St Albans A plot that involves a fascinating and shady cast of characters from lurking town guards to power hungry councillors to weaselly clerks to half blind noblemen and so on A plot that I might add while I grasped parts of the solution half way through parts kept me guessing to the end A plot that is not all it seems at any given pointBut once the major wins of the book are the main characters and Ruth s writing Having met Ruth now and discovered what a truly nice lady she is it amazes me how she seems to be able to get into the mindset of hen pecked males or vicious mysogenists or the like so well that they read as truly authentic Ruso is at times hapless at times heroic mostly beleaguered and often confused He is a man who tries to do the right thing even though at times he d like nothing than to do the wrong one Tilla is no barbarian nor is she a Roman matron She is not a charicature but a person with all the complexity that implies And as always with Ruth s writing the threads of gentle uirky humour that run throughout add counterpoint to the seriousness of the situations in which they find themselves and make the books something special and a delight to readAs a last treat here s just a taster of the sort of writing that makes me love Ruth s workAs the ostler had promised the ginger mare was keen to go but not necessarily forward After winning the argument over which of them was steering Ruso urged it out under the archway and onto the wide expanse of the North roadIf that kind of writing doesn t make you want to read then I reckon nothing willCaveat Emptor A beautifully constructed mystery And now I go on to read the next book Semper Fidelis Enemy on the Euphrates problems galore Tilla becomes a friend and helper to a native woman who has got herself into disastrous trouble her man the tax collector having disappeared with the money Ruso finds himself appointed by the The Epilogue The Selection #31 province s assistant Children of Wrath procurator to investigate the disappearance of the tax collector and his moneyWhat follows is a complex and thoroughly engrossing investigation taking us from the docksides of Londinium London to the finance offices of Verulamium St Albans A Lukes Cut Hells Eight #8 plot that involves a fascinating and shady cast of characters from lurking town guards to The Liberation of Sita power hungry councillors to weaselly clerks to half blind noblemen and so on A The Adventures of Tom SawyerAdventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Prince and the Pauper plot that I might add while I grasped Le Dernier des Justes parts of the solution half way through Midnight is a Place parts kept me guessing to the end A A Day For A Day plot that is not all it seems at any given Court of Lions pointBut once the major wins of the book are the main characters and Ruth s writing Having met Ruth now and discovered what a truly nice lady she is it amazes me how she seems to be able to get into the mindset of hen I Cant Make You Love Me but I Can Make You Leave pecked males or vicious mysogenists or the like so well that they read as truly authentic Ruso is at times hapless at times heroic mostly beleaguered and often confused He is a man who tries to do the right thing even though at times he d like nothing than to do the wrong one Tilla is no barbarian nor is she a Roman matron She is not a charicature but a Vingespenn person with all the complexity that implies And as always with Ruth s writing the threads of gentle uirky humour that run throughout add counterpoint to the seriousness of the situations in which they find themselves and make the books something special and a delight to readAs a last treat here s just a taster of the sort of writing that makes me love Ruth s workAs the ostler had