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Medicus by Ruth Downie
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Dec 13, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, historical-fiction, mystery
Read from November 19 to December 13, 2010

Down-on-his luck doctor Gaius Petraus Ruso takes a posting with the legion in Deva (Chester, England), a backwater outpost of the Roman Empire, in the hopes of finally getting ahead of the debts he inherited. He pretty much wants to be left alone, but he manages to start inquiring about a murdered prostitute whose body is taken to the army hospital and to buy an abused slave he can't afford. It's clear to everyone but Ruso that a great deal of compassion lies beneath his grouchy exterior (think House in a toga). There is much dry humor dispersed throughout this mystery, much of it having to do with bureaucracy. Reader Simon Vance is outstanding.

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Judith Federico Charming mystery set in Roman Britain. First of a series.

Judith Federico I read the hard copy and loved it. Will look forward to the rest of the series.

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