Downie, Ruth

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Memento Mori: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire

Highly recommended for series fans and and readers of Lindsey Davis's Roman mysteries, but it also serves as a worthy stand-alone.
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Vita Brevis

Series fans will enjoy this title, but new readers and devotees of historical fiction about the Roman Empire are well advised to start with the first book, Medicus. [See Prepub Alert, 2/1/16.]
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Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire

Like the other titles in the series, Downie's latest mixes an engaging story line, provocative characters, and a satisfying evocation of time and place. The minor and major threads merge seamlessly at the end, providing a satisfying conclusion for (almost) everyone. Series fans and Roman history buffs will enjoy this page-turner. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]
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Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire

This gripping story will delight fans of Rosemary Sutcliff, Lindsay Davis, Stephen Saylor, and John Maddox Roberts—and anyone else who enjoys historical mysteries. The title stands well alone, but first-time listeners will want the earlier books. ["In Ruso, an ancient character modern readers will easily relate to, Downie creates a likable protagonist who navigates the terrain and politics of Roman Britannia with humor and good intentions," read the review of the Bloomsbury hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 12/21/12.—Ed.]
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Semper Fidelis: A Novel of the Roman Empire

In Ruso, an ancient character modern readers will easily relate to, Downie creates a likable protagonist who navigates the terrain and politics of Roman Britannia with humor and good intentions. This latest installment in the best-selling series will delight readers of history, mystery, and popular fiction.
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Caveat Emptor

After an ending that leaves the characters at a crossroads and the reader with unanswered questions, one hopes that Downie will continue this series with a return to the personalities and distinctive historical perspective on Roman Britain that we have come to know and love. Recommended where the series is popular.

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