(AKA Ruso/Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls)
Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso has come to Britannia to make a fresh start. Within days he finds himself landed with a female corpse that nobody else wants to deal with, and a local slave girl who won’t talk to him. He’s also fallen foul of the dreaded hospital administrator at Deva (modern-day Chester), and a senior centurion wants to strangle him. The last thing he wants to do is investigate the murders of local barmaids – and naturally, his handsome and spectacularly lazy colleague Valens is no help at all.
Things can be tough on the edge of the Empire – not only for a civilised man, but for the women he seems fated to gather around him.
‘…the beginning of an addictively escapist series.’ – The Times
‘Ruso is a wonderful character, fuelled by a dyspeptic machismo and sullen charm reminiscent of Harrison Ford in his heyday. A charming novel.’ – Kirkus, starred review
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UK: ISBN-13: 978-0141027258 USA: ISBN-13: 978-1596914278 LARGE PRINT UK: ISBN-13: 978-0753177440 USA: ISBN-13: 978-0786296026