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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 2010
Ruth Downie continues her story about Ruso the Roman Army Doctor and Tilla his British companion. In this story Ruso is summoned home to Gaul where the family are in financial trouble. Taking Tilla with him as his friend/slave/companion, the intrepid doctor struggles to cope with a broken leg.

Returning home he finds it difficult to explain the presence of Tilla and the identity of the person that wrote to him saying, 'Return Home.' In no time at all Ruso finds himself in the middle of a suspicious death and trying to find out who was responsible.

This time however, the victim is the husband of his ex wife, to whom Ruso and his family owe money. Murdered by poisioning, and in the presence of Ruso, he soon becomes a suspect as investigators are sent from Rome to carry out enquiries.

Persona Non Grata is the thrid book about Ruso, who is a humerous character who always finds himself in difficult situations. The books are easy to read, quite interesting and well researched. The books are worth reading especially if you like the subject 'Rome.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2013
The perfect companion for all Roman history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKERCalix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

Persona Non Grata is a cross between "A Funny thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and Lindsey Davis' Marcus Didius Falco mysteries. Set in Gaul around 400 AD, it is the story of a medicus (doctor) of the 20th Legion in Britannia being summoned home to deal with a family crisis, only to end up as a suspect in a murder. The antics of the various players is at times witty, and it is easy feel the frustration of the main character as he moves through the various problems thrown in his way, from a step-mother who hasn't a clue to a sister who is in love with a gladiator. While the story could have taken place anywhere, the plot and its various subplots are well woven together. The author provides a look into Roman society while not beating the reader over the head with her knowledge the historical setting.

The only quibble I have with the book is that there really isn't much suspense. The plot unfolds in a fairly predictable fashion. I figured out most of the plot twists almost before they happened. That said, it was a fun read and will appeal to those who like humor amidst the blood and mayhem.
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on 6 February 2015
I suppose once you start a series of books you can't just stop unless they're absolutely awful. I started this series while waiting for another lady's 'Roman detective' books was in the making.
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