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Medicus

af Ruth Downie

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Historisk, humoristisk krimi fra midt i det 2. århundrede efter Kristus. Handlingen foregår i det besatte England, og hovedpersonerne er Gaius Ruso, læge ved den 20. legion i Chester og hans slavepige Tilla.
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    Sølvgrisene af Lindsey Davis (ianturton)
    ianturton: If you like roman detective stories like this one you'll love this one too.
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    Romersk blod af Steven Saylor (bookfitz)
    bookfitz: Readers of books by Ruth Downie may also enjoy Steven Saylor's Roman Blood, which is another historical novel that takes place in Ancient Rome. Roman Blood and the subsequent novels in the Sub Rosa series are set in Rome during the final days of the Roman Republic and follow the character Gordianus the Finder as he solves politically charged mysteries. Saylor's novels have been critically acclaimed for their historical details.… (mere)
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Medicus
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In this novel Ms. Downie provides plenty of rich detail to give some insight into life of this imaginary army doctor of with Hadrian’s Roman Legions stationed in Britain. Coupled this tapestry of period detail with a moderately interesting story and you have a pretty good novel. However, there is a lack authenticity to all this circumstantiality that gnaws at the reader’s consciousness enough to detract from the work overall.
Recommended: Yes, with reservations.
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  Chipa | Apr 2, 2021 |
I was looking for a new historical crime fiction series and was pleased to discover this one set in the Ancient Roman Empire. Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso has just been stationed in Deva in Britannia and immediately finds himself involved, albeit very reluctantly, with investigating the matter of some young girls who have been murdered.

Deva historically was a legionary fortress and town in the Roman province of Britannia on the site of the modern city of Chester. It was built as part of the Roman army’s advance north against the Brigantes, Celtic Britons who in pre-Roman times controlled the largest section of what would become Northern England.

Ruso ends up taking on one of these Brigantes (or “natives” as the Romans call them) as a housemaid after he impulsively buys her. She was a slave who was injured, and it was clear her owner had no intent of getting her healed. As a doctor and a humanist he couldn't let that stand. The girl speaks only some Latin, and won’t give Ruso her name, so he ends up calling her Tilla. Far from being grateful, Tilla is way more assertive than a slave should be, and vexing to no end. But Ruso, who tries to civilize her in a “My Fair Lady” way, also grows accustomed to her face . . . .

Meanwhile, Ruso manages to solve the murders, locate (sort of by accident) the culprit, and figure out what to do about Tilla.

An Afterword by the author explains that she didn’t have much historical data to go on, but availed herself of what research she could, and applied her imagination for the rest of it. What she ascertained about ancient medical practices was especially illuminating and rewarding to learn.

Evaluation: I didn’t like the curmudgeonly Ruso much at first, but found, like Tilla did, that he kind of grows on you after awhile. Altogether, I assessed the book as “delightful” and immediately checked out the next installment. ( )
  nbmars | Nov 30, 2020 |
In Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire Ruth Downie uses the tensions between Roman army and British locals to create a believable historical setting and a page-turning mystery

Roman army medic Gaius Petrius Ruso is just trying to keep up appearances for his impoverished family without letting anyone know just how deeply in debt his father was. When an old army buddy, Valens, suggests that Ruso join him in a forsaken outpost of the Roman empire, Ruso jumps at the chance to make some money and maybe also to get away from his ex-wife. Of course, Valens hadn’t quite mentioned all the miserable weather, surly natives and hospital bureaucracy that Ruso would encounter in Britannia.


It’s hard not to like Ruso, whether he’s having it out with an officious and penny-pinching hospital administrator or trying to work on his Concise Guide To Field Medicine. The poor guy just wants to be left alone to get on with his work and pay off his debts, and he keeps getting dragged into unpleasant situations with unpleasant natives.

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  TheFictionAddiction | Aug 12, 2020 |
A mixed bag. Story of a doctor attached to the Roman army stationed in Chester in Ancient Britain, and a nobly born British girl sold into slavery who he’s trying to rescue. Some of the writing is clumsy and especially disjointed, but the characters are credible and are often trying to do the best thing in difficult circumstances. Might just have a go at the next book in the series. ( )
  Matt_B | Jan 12, 2020 |
I had high hopes for this historical mystery, but unfortunately it fell flat for me. It was very slow to start. I understand that this is the first in a series, so a great deal of world building needed to be done, but I never connected to any of the characters. Between that and the, no doubt historically accurate, casual misogyny, I found myself very irritated with the narrative and just wishing it was over. It's over now and I doubt that I will continue with the series. ( )
  DGRachel | Dec 4, 2019 |
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Historisk, humoristisk krimi fra midt i det 2. århundrede efter Kristus. Handlingen foregår i det besatte England, og hovedpersonerne er Gaius Ruso, læge ved den 20. legion i Chester og hans slavepige Tilla.

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