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Ruth is the author of five mysteries* featuring Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso. The latest is SEMPER FIDELIS. She lives in Devon, England, and is married with two grown-up sons. A combination of nosiness and a childish fascination with mud means she is never happier than when wielding an archaeological trowel.

She is sometimes called R.S. Downie, but she isn't the person with the same name who writes medical textbooks, and recommends that readers should never, ever take health advice from a two thousand year old man who prescribes mouse droppings.

*The first four books all have two titles. Ruth is still wondering how this ever seemed like a good idea. Since she is unable to wind back time, British readers may find it useful to know t...more

…and thank you for visiting.

I’m the author of a series of mysteries featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant sleuth, Gaius Petreius Ruso. His sixth adventure, TABULA RASA, has just been published in North America (tho’ friends in the UK will have to wait a bit longer). If you glance to the right you’ll see the cover.

Here’s what’s inside:

Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of...

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Average rating: 3.82 · 7,879 ratings · 1,116 reviews · 7 distinct works · Similar authors
Medicus (Gaius Petreius Rus...
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 3,680 ratings — published 2006 — 22 editions
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Terra Incognita (Gaius Petr...
3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 1,560 ratings — published 2008 — 15 editions
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Persona Non Grata (Gaius Pe...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,187 ratings — published 2008 — 12 editions
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Caveat Emptor (Gaius Petrei...
3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 891 ratings — published 2010 — 11 editions
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Semper Fidelis (Gaius Petre...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 519 ratings — published 2013 — 8 editions
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Tabula Rasa (Gaius Petreius...
4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 82 ratings — published 2014 — 6 editions
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Medicus Terra Incognita Persona Non Grata Caveat Emptor Semper Fidelis Tabula Rasa
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“One of the many difficult things about women was that they tended to pick the most unsuitable times to tell you something they considered to be important, and then became irrationally upset when you failed to remember it.”
Ruth Downie, Terra Incognita

“Back from where? you're not going out again and leaving me here are you?? Holy Hercules I sound like somebody's wife”
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“I seem to remember sitting on a golden bench, and she started chattering about the sunset, or something. She seemed quite happy so I let her get on with it. Then she got hold of my hand and asked me what I was thinking about. So I said, "The treatment of anal fistulae".”
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