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on 26 April 2011
The intrepid Ruso former legionary doctor returns in Ruth Downies fourth instalment in Caveat Emptor (US version). He also returns to Britannia in tow with his new wife, Tilla after staying with his family in Gaul. I have to admit its irritating to find that the names of the books in the US and Britain differ and you have to grub around each time a book is released. If you want a hardback version you have to order from the US as well and its annoying.
The above said in Caveat Emptor, the book opens with Ruso returning to Britain and landing at the port of Londunium where he meets his friend and former legionary surgeon Vallens. Ruso is hoping to return to his old trade but when a tax collector and his brother disappear on route to the settlement, he is 'volunteered' to investigate the circumstances of the disappearance of the brothers and the money.
It's not long before the one of the bodies turns up dead not too far away from where Ruso is staying and rumours spread that he must have been killed by his brother who has ran off with the cash. As usual things are not as they appear and Ruso soon finds links with the Iceni and Catuvellanni as his enquiries begin. With Tilla wanting a baby Ruso is more than happy when he goes off in search of the truth.
It's not long however, before Tilla turns up in company with a woman claiming to be the great grand daughter of none other than Boudica and she is heavily pregnant with the unborn baby of the dead man. With counterfeit coins, corrupt officials and deserters from the Roman army and with the threat of the Iceni, Ruso has his work cut out as he soon becomes a target for the men who have a vested interest in covering what what actually happened. It's another good book by Ruth Downie where the reader can expect to laugh and enjoy Ruso's exploits!