By Ruth Downie
In her fourth novel, Ruth Downie brings to existence the corruption and treachery of Roman-occupied Britain, because it closes in on her winsome top guy, Gaius Petreius Ruso.
Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved again to Britannia, the place Ruso's outdated good friend and colleague Valens has promised to assist him locate paintings. however it isn't the type of paintings he'd had in mind-Ruso is tasked with removing a lacking tax guy named Julius Asper.
Of path, there's additionally whatever else lacking: cash. And the council of town of Verulamium is bickering over what's develop into of it. pressured to delve deeper by means of a hazard from his previous sparring companion, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the great townsfolk is probably not as unswerving to Rome as they prefer to appear.
While Tilla attempts to convenience Asper's spouse, an nameless well-wisher is busy caution the couple to escape from the case prior to they get damage. regardless of our hero's top efforts to get himself fired as investigator, he and his bride locate themselves trapped on the middle of an more and more treacherous conspiracy concerning robbery, forgery, buried treasure, and the legacy of Boudica, the insurgent Queen.
Ruth Downie the writer of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, Terra Incognita, and so much lately Persona Non Grata. A part-time librarian, she is married with sons and lives in Milton Keynes, England.
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The silence hung in the air between us. "Alms? " he intoned abruptly, and swept his hat off, holding it crown downwards before me. I fumbled in my pocket for change. " I demanded of him somewhat irritably, for I was now ashamed of the impulse to which I had almost yielded, to get to my bag on the floor of the cab and fetch the revolver. I was the more irritated, perceiving how foolish such an action would have been; this blind singer held no terror for me and surely harbored no malice, either. "I didn't like to stop the song," he answered, as if that were obvious.
Holmes's German was better than mine, though not by much. Aside from memorized quotations from Goethe and Schiller—no doubt also culled from schooldays and of little use to us now—his knowledge of most languages (except French, which he spoke fluently) was confined to the vocabulary of crime. * In the present instance he appeared to be at a loss to describe Moriarty, but the cab-man was polite, especially when Holmes offered him some money. He had purchased a language aid at the book counter next to the buffet, and this he whipped out, thumbing frantically in an effort to enlarge his command of German.
Caveat Emptor (Medicus Investigation, Book 4) by Ruth Downie