Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series #6) (Paperback)

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The medicus Ruso and his wife, Tilla, are back in the borderlands of Britannia, where he is tending the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives.

The tension grows when Ruso's recently arrived clerk goes missing and things go from bad to worse when the young son of a local family also vanishes. While struggling to keep the peace between the Britons and the Romans, Ruso and Tilla uncover an intricate deception involving slavery and fur trappers, and it becomes imperative that they solve the mystery of the two disappearances before it's too late.

About the Author

In 2004, Ruth Downie won the Fay Weldon section of BBC3’s End of Story competition; Medicus is her first novel. She is married with two sons and lives in Milton Keynes, England.

Praise For…

“A pleasure to read. The Ruso series might not be as well known as, say, Lindsey Davis' longer-running Marcus Didius Falsco series, but it's just as entertaining.” —Booklist

"Ruth Downie ranks among the very best of today’s generation of Roman writers; by far and away the most obvious inheritor of Rosemary Sutcliff’s honored mantle. With a finely wrought plot, a densely woven cast of characters and plenty of action, this is a book to savor to the last sentence." —M. C. Scott, author of the Rome and Boudica series

"It makes book reviewing easy when you realize you are reading for pleasure! Ruth Downie shows why she’s considered the best of the Roman mystery writers. A crime writer to watch with a matchless style. Look out, Lindsey Davis!" —Michael Jecks, author of the Knights Templar series

"Excellent . . . This is story-telling of a high order--an immensely enjoyable read." —L.C. Tyler, author of The Herring-Seller's Apprentice

“Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Immediately transports the reader to another time and place.” —Publishers Weekly

“Downie's attention to detail--both historical detail and human detail--makes this series a joy to read for the mystery lover, the classics fan, or anyone seeking more character-driven genre fiction.” —The Historical Novel Society

Product Details
ISBN: 9781632861047
ISBN-10: 1632861046
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 352
Language: English
Series: The Medicus Series