Review: Semper Fidelis

Semper Fidelis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (Gaius Petreius Ruso Series Book 5)Semper Fidelis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another enjoyable journey through the daily life of a Medicus of Rome’s Twentieth Legion, currently stationed in the province of Britannia.

Our hero, Gaius Petreius Ruso, and his Briton wife, Tilla, are visiting one of the smaller locations occupied by the legion in the hope of avoiding the presence of the emperor on his journey through the province. In doing so, Ruso is drawn into some unsavoury practices that directly impact on the local recruits into the legion, makes enemies of other officers of the legion, and doesn’t manage to avoid the presence of the emperor after all. The death of an officer of the legion finds Ruso fall under suspicion for his murder, and it is only because the truth is discovered, largely through the efforts of Tilla, that Ruso manages to survive and regain his rank and position.

A wonderfully constructed narrative underpins the enjoyment of this novel in the series. Along with the continuing development of wonderful and well-loved characters, the setting of this novel combines the wonders of intrigue and murder with the historic setting of Roman Britain. It was engaging and very difficult to put down (even though I had to from time to time).

Very highly recommended.

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