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Ruso and the DeMented Doctor by Ruth Downie
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Jun 12, 2011

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Read from July 04 to 17, 2011

Petreius Russo is an army doctor in the Roman army based in Britain in AD118. He heads North, to the homeland of his slave girl, where the natives are restless and the Romans are determined to stamp out any ideas of an uprising. Russo is asked to help solve the murder of a soldier, and prove that the man who confessed is not actually the killer he gets caught up in local politics. Tilla, his slave girl, is caught up in family reunions and seems to be about to betray Russo but some inconvenient facts show her that family is not always to be trusted.

I picked up this book hoping I had found someone who could pique my interest as much as Lindsey Davis does, in future I will stick to re-reading the Falco novels when I want to revel in a slice of Roman life. Russo and Tilla simply did not capture my imagination in the way Falco and Helena did even though in many ways they are very similar characters.

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