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Medicus by Ruth Downie
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Dec 31, 12

bookshelves: historical-mystery
Read in December, 2012

Downie had me with her introduction: "

"Medicus
a novel
in which our hero will be...
baffled
by Tilla, a slave,
Quintus Antonius Vindex, a recruit,
a family of native Britons.

She continues to set up the novel by telling us who would "alarm" him, "assault him", "amuse" him...

You get the idea.

Downie has created a likeable hero in Gaius Petreius Ruso, a surgeon with the XXth Roman Legion in Britain. When a body is discovered and delivered to the surgery, he really doesn't want to get in involved. Being the hero though, you know that he will and when two more women are discovered murdered he is on the trail of a killer.

Alright, it's not great literature, but it sure is fun. Great for traditional and historical murder mystery readers who are tired of the period following World War I (Charles Todd) and World War II (James Benn). It you're going to do history -- you might as well get in on the ground floor.
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