My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another wonderful contribution in the ongoing series of novels featuring Gaius Petreius Ruso, the sometime Medicus of Rome’s 20th Legion in Britannia, though currently a private citizen.
Having returned from his home in Gaul with his wife, Ruso is in search of a source of income and so finds himself appointed to investigate some missing tax money from one of the Romanised towns north of Londinium. Seemingly a simple task, Ruso soon discovers murder, intrigue, betrayal, and rampant dishonesty – not to mention physical danger to both himself and his wife, Tilla.
Forced into a position that he regrets and despises, Ruso ultimately succeeds in unravelling the mystery and ensuring those responsible for the shenanigans will receive a suitable ‘reward’.
I enjoy the writing style of Ruth Downie and the way in which history is woven into a marvellous narrative featuring well-developed characters who have all too human flaws, and who are not automatically going to ‘win’ as you might see in other novels. This level of authenticity is one of the factors that keep me coming back to more books in the series.