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Ruth is the author of eight mysteries* featuring Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso and his British partner Tilla. The latest is MEMENTO MORI. 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 have all had two titles. Ruth is still wondering how this ever seemed like a good idea. Since she is unable to wind back time, British rea
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Ruth Downie The seventh book in the Ruso series, which will probably be called "Habeas Corpus" but is called lots of less printable things whenever I get stuck…moreThe seventh book in the Ruso series, which will probably be called "Habeas Corpus" but is called lots of less printable things whenever I get stuck with the plot. *UPDATE!* All the things I called it turned out to be wrong. It's now VITA BREVIS, and it'll be published in July 2016 in the USA/Canada and here in the UK in September.(less)
Ruth Downie I can see the possibilities too, Marilee, but sadly nobody in TV seems to have noticed! Still, I'm confident that my agent will seize upon anyone…moreI can see the possibilities too, Marilee, but sadly nobody in TV seems to have noticed! Still, I'm confident that my agent will seize upon anyone influential who shows the least sign of interest, so you never know - and thanks for asking.(less)
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The good news: thanks to Bloomsbury’s Holiday Sale, the ebook of “Medicus” is briefly and wondrously cheap in the USA right now – https://bloomsbury.com/us/medicus-9781596917743/

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The not-so-good news: the series isn’t in ebook at all in the UK at the moment (sigh), but it WILL be coming back. There will be music and dancing in Downie Towers when it does.

 

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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.”
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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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