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Persona Non Grata (Medicus Investigation #3)

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The third novel in the acclaimed Gaius Petreius Ruso series by the New York Times bestselling Ruth Downie—this time set in ancient Gaul.

Ruth Downie is published as R.S. Downie in the UK, and this book is available there under the title Ruso and the Root of All Evils.

At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home—to Gaul. Having received a note
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2008)
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Description: At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home—to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words “COME HOME!” Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla to meet his family.

But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he’ll leave. With Tilla getting icy greetings from his relatives, Lucius’s brother-inlaw mysteriously drowned at
Gaius Petreius Ruso's penchant for falling into mysteries and his hapless relationships with former wives, family members and strong-willed British women continues to please.

This third installment of Ruth Downie's series finds Ruso called back to his family's estates in Gaul by a terse letter ostensibly sent by his brother Lucius. The family has been pressured by its creditors ever since Ruso's father's death but things take a decided turn for the worse when the agent of one of the largest credi
Goodreads freebie (Thanks!) This is the third book in a series about Gaius Ruso. I have not read the others - normally I prefer to read a series in order -- but this one can be read without having read the others.

Gaius Ruso is a medical officer with the Roman Legion serving in Britain when he receives an obscure message ostensibly from his brother, Lucius, demanding that he return to Roma at once. Easier said than done, since the voyage home required more than a month of sea and overland travel.
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: armchair-historian or anyone who enjoys a great classic mystery
I have been a fan of Ruth Downie since I randomly selected her second novel, Terra Incognita, from my local library a few months ago. Her characters are endearing, her mysteries compelling, and her use of historical elements enthralling.

This book is my favorite of the three Ruso novels. Like the previous two, it follows Gaius Petreius Ruso, a doctor in the Roman army, and his lover Tilla, a "barbarian girl" from Britannia. This time, Ruso is summoned home to Gaul by a cryptic letter from his bro
Jamie Collins
Another enjoyable historical mystery from Downie. Our hero Gaius Petreius Ruso receives a mysterious letter beckoning him home to Gaul, only to find that when he arrives he is a persona non grata - not particularly welcomed by his family, which consists of a harried brother, an excessively fertile sister-in-law, two romantically frustrated sisters, and a step-mother who embraces the concept that ignorance is bliss. Not to mention an ex-wife who has "made some very bad decisions in the last few y ...more
So Roman Britain doesn’t look that bad when you are dealing with massive debts, a sneaky loan collector, a ship wreck, and clogged drains. This entry into the series concerns both the Medicius and Tilla returning to the family home. The mystery really isn’t that mysterious, but the characters and interactions make up for the predictable plot. Part of the fun is watching Tilla’s introduction to fledging religion of Christianity.

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Mar 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This third installment of Ruth Downie's Roman Empire series is the best so far. I always have a hard time describing to friends why these books are so entertaining. In simple terms they are historical fiction mysteries. The mysteries are engaging; in fact this was the most interesting mystery yet. In this book Ruso heads home to his family farm bringing along his British girlfriend/housekeeper Tilla. Once there the couple gets drawn into solving the poisoning death of the man who just so happens ...more
Amy Raby
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I originally gave this 4 stars but I'm bumping it up to 5 because I can't get this book out of my head. I don't normally read a lot of mysteries (I'm more into SFF and romance). I picked this up because it was on sale and I'm fascinated with the ancient world, especially the Roman Empire, and I figured for $2, why not give it a try? Now I'm kind of obsessed and I want to read the whole series.

This is book 3. I hadn't read the first two, and it didn't matter; I jumped in without a problem. Gaius
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite book in the series so far. I did figure out "who done it" early in the book, but it took me awhle to figure out the "what, where and why" portion.

I LOVED the author's description of an early Christian meeting as seen from a barbarian's perspective. "When most of the food was gone and one of the old women had hidden half a loaf of bread under her shawl, it was time to pray to ghe god again...As the prayers rambled on she began to wish that, since this god was everywhere, his f
Kathy Davie
Feb 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, history
This is the third in the ancient Roman, military-mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Persona Non Grata sets up Ruso's response to an urgent letter from home. A response that, on the surface, seems disastrous to the financial well-being of Ruso's family.

Arranging leave from the Twentieth Legion, Ruso takes Tilla home to Nemausus in Narbonensis (modern-day Nimes) where he proceeds to stick his foot in it right and left with his ex-wife and ex-father-in-law; his missing brother-in-law; the cousin,
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Ruth is the author of seven mysteries* featuring Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso. The latest is VITA BREVIS. 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
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Other Books in the Series

Medicus Investigation (8 books)
  • Medicus (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #1)
  • Terra Incognita (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #2)
  • Caveat Emptor (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #4)
  • Semper Fidelis (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #5)
  • Tabula Rasa (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #6)
  • Vita Brevis (Medicus Investigation #7)
  • Memento Mori (Medicus Investigation #8)