Review: Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series Book 3)Persona Non Grata: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another rollicking yarn in the ongoing adventures of Gaius Petreius Ruso. This edition sees Ruso travel back to his home in Gaul, accompanied by housekeeper Tilla, and straight into murder, mischief, and family dramas. This volume provides some more background to Ruso’s past and helps flesh out the characters a little more.

I am enjoying the series set largely in the time when Rome still occupied Brittania, and while not historically accurate, the general thrust of the narrative is in keeping with historical evidence. This is particularly so in terms of Roman medicine and law, which feature heavily in this particular volume.

Our author, Ruth Downie, has created a winner with this series as far as I’m concerned. The characters that are being developed and introduced by Downie. I’ve already started the next volume, and look forward to following Ruso as he navigates the daily things that confront him.

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