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  • Title: Medicus
  • Author: Ruth Downie
  • ISBN: 9781596914278
  • Page: 321
  • Format: Paperback
  • The highest praise I can offer this wonderfully entertaining portrait of the Roman Empire at its most far flung is that I hope Downie is planning a series Ruso is too good a character for just one book Malcolm Jones, Newsweek Divorced and down on his luck, Gaius Petreius Ruso has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, na The highest praise I can offer this wonderfully entertaining portrait of the Roman Empire at its most far flung is that I hope Downie is planning a series Ruso is too good a character for just one book Malcolm Jones, Newsweek Divorced and down on his luck, Gaius Petreius Ruso has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia In a moment of weakness, after a straight thirtysix hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to compassion and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner.Now he has a new problem a slave who won t talk and can t cook, and drags trouble in her wake Before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar Now Ruso must summon all his forensic knowledge to find a killer who may be after him next.With a gift for comic timing and historical detail, Ruth Downie has conjured an ancient world as raucous and real as our own Published in the UK as Medicus Ruso and the Disappearing Dancing Girls.
    Medicus The highest praise I can offer this wonderfully entertaining portrait of the Roman Empire at its most far flung is that I hope Downie is planning a series Ruso is too good a character for just one boo

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    1. Medicus is what I call a popcorn book a book to pick up and settle in with for an evening s cozy reading Entertainment value 5 stars, but several months from now I ll have a hard time remembering much beyond the main characters Gaius Petrius Ruso, a physician stationed in Brittania with the Roman army, and Tilla, the slave girl he reluctantly purchases from an abusive master Ruso, long suffering, wry, and a humanist doomed to be forever caught up in other people s suffering despite his attempts [...]

    2. Reading Medicus I m put in mind of Colin Cotterill s Siri Paiboun series In both two men devoted to their jobs than anything else find themselves reluctantly involved in murder investigations In both we have a comedic than tragic writing style that still manages to inject notes of seriousness along the way in Medicus, it s a reflection on slavery and sex trafficking.Medicus is not a heavy read, however It s a very nicely written, moderately complex murder mystery set in the Romano British town [...]

    3. Five stars, five, and again five Hurray for Medicus it s the page turner I ve been looking for for a long time I read it in an entire day because I couldn t put it down.Set in Roman Empire era Brittania, this is the story of reluctant hero , Gaius Petrius Ruso, a doctor in the local army hospital, who turns detective very much against his will Humorous, lighthearted, colorful This is Downie s first novel, and I hope she s planning a whole series of Ruso mysteries

    4. Fantastic mystery about a Roman army Medic Ruso that just can let things rest when he sees a problem, injustice or human cruelty Loved this and am glad that there are 6 in the series to read.

    5. The mysteries in this series are all set in the time of Trajan Hadrian, in Roman Britain Britannia I loved the characters of Ruso, the overworked, compassionate Roman military doctor and Tilla, his British housekeeper Some of the dry humor is laugh out loud this book is a fast read, but bears rereading to wallow in the characters interplay I loved Ruso s interior thoughts The mystery was a perhaps secondary, but necessary plot device Ruso s personality seems to me like a cross between the person [...]

    6. The back cover made it sound so interesting and original like a historical fiction mystery with men in short tunics with great senses of humor It s really about a lonely, rather boring medicus doctor for the Roman Empire stationed overseas who stumbles upon a whorehouse, a couple of missing girls, and some bad oysters Of course in the mix there is a beautiful, resilient, implausible slave girl who was possibly once royalty or a healer or Did I mention the doctor is in debt trying to save the fam [...]

    7. To da su povijesni romani jedan od mojih omiljenih anrova ve vi e manje svi znate, ali ipak u to ponoviti i to kako bih naglasila da sam upravo zbog toga to ih esto itam poprili no izbirljiva kad se radi o istima esto se dogodi da se provjereni autori povijesnih romana previ e zaigraju pa umjesto na povijesne doga aje, naglasak romana stave na romantiku i ljubavnu pri u E to ne volim i u tom slu aju esto i prestajem s itanjem Mislim, nemam ja ni ta protiv romantike i ljubavnih pri a in general , [...]

    8. I m a bit of a Roman detective nut shocking, I know , and have read several such series I usually jump from one series to the next, interspersing with Urban Fantasy or non fiction reading I read this whole series front to back without pause, which should give you an indication of how much I loved it.My reviews tend to focus on setting readers expectations rather than rehashing blurbs or plot summaries I hope this is useful to you.You can see my review for the whole series here.What to ExpectRuso [...]

    9. I was really thrilled when I finished this, because I was all like, Yay FINALLY ONE I DON T HAVE TO KEEP Don t get me wrong this is an entertaining mystery, but it s not one that I need to have in my collection, which means that I don t have to pack it OH JOY But I digress.Ruso, a Roman military doctor, is stationed in Britain after a nasty divorce and the death of his feckless father He s burdened by debt dad lived it up and paid on credit and bummed out by the bad weather he was stationed in A [...]

    10. A highly enjoyable and very fast read in this first book of the Gaius Petreius Ruso series Loved Medicus, and look forward to the rest of the books in the series A supremely fast read of a book about 385 pages long with 79 chapters so you can see the story really moves along and it was a real page turner for me.This is a mystery series set in Roman times, with the hero being Ruso who is a doctor that is stationed in Great Britain for this book He stumbles across a young slave girl being beaten i [...]

    11. I loved this book Our hero, Medicus, a doctor in ancient Roman occupied Britain, is a fascinating and totally lovable guy The book jacket compares him to young Harrison Ford, and I think that s perfect surly, oblivious to his own charm, professional, and totally adorable underneath a mildly prickly exterior The writing somehow makes it easy to imagine living in Deva, Brittania an area in a period I know nothing about and all the characters are well written and very engaging I am really looking f [...]

    12. Medicus is a story I ve been meaning to read for a long time I m just glad I finally got around to this well written depiction of a Roman doctor of the Twentieth Legion who seems to have a gift for walking straight into trouble on the streets of Deva modern day Chester Gaius Petreius Ruso should know better than to get involved in anything going on in the streets of this outpost of the Roman army Now he s saddled with a slave with a broken arm and she will most likely die before he can even atte [...]

    13. A while back, I tried to get into the much acclaimed Marcus Didius Falco series, and just couldn t So, when I saw this book on sale as an Audible Daily Deal, I thought for a couple of bucks, why not Turned out a wise move.I bonded with Medicus Doctor Gaius Ruso as a character right away, nice guy in the wrong place at the wrong time Downie does an excellent job of showing that everything old is new again, at one point having Ruso go through the frustration of getting the hospital administrator t [...]

    14. What s a doc to do Father has died leaving debts Brother has a very fertile wife Stepmother is a bit of a over shopper The less said about the ex wife the better And now, here he is at the end of the world.Okay, Roman Britian.But they dress werid.Oh, and dead girls seem to like him.Is this the best mystery I ve ever read No But it s not the worst either There are some wonderful touches of humor and the world feels real It s a nice diverting read.

    15. Gaius Petreius Ruso has recently arrived in a cold and rainy Britannia He is recently divorced and has suffered bad news about the death of his father, which has left him with a great deal of debt and an extended family to support However, despite his new good intentions to obtain promotion and, hopefully, some wealthy paying patients, things do not seem to be starting well Although he has pledged to live frugally, he somehow ends up buying a young slave girl, whose arm is badly injured and who [...]

    16. Looking forward to the next in the series Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls is the first of a series of novels that follows the misfortunes of a Roman Army Medical Officer, Gaius Petreius Ruso, after his posting from the warm climes of North Africa to the dreary grey drizzle of Deva pron Dewa that s modern day Chester.Ruso is down on his luck and doesn t own much than a few mounting debts As well as trying to support his own life in the British garrison town, he is obliged to send fund [...]

    17. It took me a while to get the humor in this book but once I did, I started to enjoy it Gaius Petreius Ruso is a broke, divorced doctor serving the 20th legion, just arrived to the wilds of Britannia He s extremely grumpy, always grumbling about not wanting to get involved in anybody s business, but at the end, he always does the right thing And that s how I realized what a good and kind man he was No matter what he said or thought, he would always go out of his way to help others, even when it w [...]

    18. I read along with a group on the knitting site Ravelry I found the book an unexpected enjoyable read More so the slowly developing story about the main character Ruso and his slave, Tilla than the mystery which was not compelling alone to hold my attention But I like grumpy Ruso and will eventually read in the series It was my first book set in Roman ruled Britton The dialog seemed surprisingly modern, so that was a bit jarring I kept picturing modern structures and buildings, because of the de [...]

    19. My sister has put me onto this series, and I will be reading them all I have no idea if the actual mysteries are good the one at the heart of the first book isn t but the setting is genius and the characters are well drawn It would make a wonderful series for PBS Mystery, and that is high praise from me Downie has created the world of early second century Britain The central characters are Romans stationed at the outpost of Deva, chiefly a doctor named Ruso and his slave, Tilla It has been a lon [...]

    20. A nice historical mystery set in Roman Britain It has a lighthearted, anachronistic tone similar to that of Lindsey Davis s Falco books it even begins with an amusing dramatis personae There isn t a comparable wealth of historical detail, but I liked the protagonist, a gruff army doctor who is not eager to play the role of detective.The book is well written, and I very much enjoyed the setting The mystery plot was okay, while the romance didn t really work for me Still, this was a quick and ente [...]

    21. A fun fast read I like a good mystery now and then, and of course it doesn t hurt if the book in question happens to be set in Ancient Roman times Roman Britain, in fact, during the relatively pleasant and peaceful reign of Hadrian But enough history The main attraction here is Gaius Petreius Ruso, divorc e, army medical doctor medicus, medical I think I get it and reluctant protagonist of this here tale He is such a stick in the mud A nice guy at heart but, trouble is, everything seems to be go [...]

    22. This Yes I m generally a sucker for anything related to ancient Rome, and this series is a treat It s slow moving, but in a leisurely way, almost like playing an RPG we wander along the streets of small towns and military camps in Roman occupied Brittania, bumping into all sorts of strange fellows It s at time hilarious, at times sweet, sometimes a little suspenseful I love Ruso s awkwardness, occasional bouts of typically Roman machismo and his humanity I know some readers aren t big fans of Ti [...]

    23. Upon examining a drowned corpse, military Medicus doctor , Gaius Petrius Ruso, finds himself reluctantly investigating the deaths of young women who are employed at the local bordello On his way home from the crime scene, he ends up rescuing and ultimately purchasing Tilla, an injured slave from her abusive master As his finances quickly become depleted, and the tyrannical administrator returns to rule the hospital with an iron fist, Ruso must uncover the shady dealings that have been going on i [...]

    24. I received this book as a gift from my daughter who loved the book So with that in mind, I began to read it Maybe a quarter of the way through it, I knew that I would have to struggle to finish it, but I wasn t sure why After having read the entire book, I knew This is an author who tells a good tale, but has not yet developed the art of giving her characters depth They are cardboard people who do what they do as they meet their challenges in what otherwise is an interesting situation My daughte [...]

    25. Despite an overly long development of the characters which made the beginning of the book almost snooze worthy, I found this mystery story quite good.I love the setting in the Roman occupied Britain of the 2nd century The character of the doctor lends itself to great descriptions of the medical beliefs and practices of the time, some of them surprisingly sophisticated The very saucy slave might be a bit of a stretch but not completely unfeasible considering the character traits of the doctor and [...]

    26. Curmudgeon army doctor Gaius Ruso has just been stationed in Brittania, the back of beyond far from civilization His living quarters are filthy, his finances poor, the hospital administrator a petty tyrant, and his finances are stretched further when he rescues an injured young woman slave from an abusive owner When young women from the local bar aka whorehouse start turning up murdered, he is reluctantly drawn by the locals into investigating it In the meantime he grows attached to the intellig [...]

    27. Historical mystery set in Britain during the Roman occupation Gaius Petreius Ruso is a medicus for the 20th regiment, stationed in Deva now Chester, England Upon his arrival, he has to deal with the body of a young woman found floating in the river, and then manages to become the accidental owner of a young female slave who he rescues from a disreputable slave trader.This was interesting and I enjoyed getting to know Ruso and his slave girl, Tilla I will definitely look for the next in the serie [...]

    28. This was different from the usual crap that I read The lesson seems to be that if you are a doctor living in the ancient Roman Empire and some hot little slave girl shows up, you should probably keep her She can make you breakfast and all sorts of neat stuff I enjoyed this one.

    29. I didn t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to I don t know why I was expecting a sophisticated who done it but I was Anyway things I liked about the story, I liked the fact there was always something happening It didn t drone on and on about minute details that had no value to the story I rather liked the ending It s one of those feel goods that supports the whole, If you love something set it free mindsets What I didn t like Even as busy as it was I was sometimes bored In fact I considered a [...]

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