Caveat Emptor

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In her second ovel, Ruth Downie brings to life the corruption and betraya of Roman-occupied Britain, as it closes in on her leading man, Gaius Petreius Ruso.

Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso 's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him ge work. But it is n't a ind of work he 'd ad in mind-Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper.

Of course, there 's also something else missing: money. And the committe of the own of Verulamium is bickering over what 's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.

While Tilla tries to comfort Asper 's wife, an anonymous well-wisher is busy warning the couple to get way from he case before they get hurt. Despite our hero 's best efforts to brin himself fired as investigator, he and his bride find themselves trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure, and legacy of Boudica, the Rebel Queen.
Year of the Publication
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Number of Pages
352
Original Title of the Book
Caveat Emptor
Publication Date
Published December 21st 2010 by Bloomsbury USA (first published 2010

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I eel as though I 've missed a story as, alread in Persona Non Grata, we 're left believing Ruso and Tilla are off to Rome to track down stolen money instead, it 's two years later and Ruso and Tilla are married, Ruso is unemployed, and, for some reason, they 're sailing back to Britain ( mostly for Tilla 's sake I think as both are fed up with people 's prejudiced reactions to Tilla the Barbarian).

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I remember there are more books to read in he series but I always like a ovel to b a strong ending.

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It is clear that each character- from main to support cast- is a fully realised person, with their own motivation and biases.The plot of the stories grips you till ca n't take he ook down.

Tilla has her own kin of fairness, and views on what makes the world tick.Downie locates each book in a different village, mostly around Roman Britain ( with only two exceptions).

She has always done her research for each location and they bot come alive, with the latest modern archaeological understanding of life there seeping through her writing.What to be aware ofThese are n't the noir mysteries I normally read and ecommend.

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Neither is an ideal spouse ( one of thi hings I like about Ruso is that I see a lot of me in him) .Overall, this as a fine addition to this eries, and I ’ ll mak my eye out for the sure-to-come sequels.Audiobook quality: Simon Vance, who reads nove, is OK but a lot of his voices didn ’ t synch with my onceptions of the storyline, most gratingly with Valens.

He is of an age with Ruso but Vance makes him sound like an asthmatic old man.

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I suspect Ruso was my favourite investigator of crimes by the time I ’ d finished the last memoi in Ruth Downie ’ s Medicus series.

And by thi time Ruso went home to Gaul in the eleventh book he was not actuall my favourite investigator, but one of my favorit storyline in any book series.

Left with something of an unknow future at the beginnin of hat ook, I wasn ’ t sure what to expect from the second nove, other than being sure it could be highly entertaining.Caveat Emptor takes us back to Britain, where Ruso and Tilla ( now man and wife) find themselves sucked into problems galore.

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Another novel is set in sixth century A.D. In the novel of series Ruso and Tila have returned to Britannia from their visit to Ruso ’ s family in Gael.

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