Ruth Downie

About me

I’m the author of six mysteries featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant sleuth, Gaius Petreius Ruso, and his British partner Tilla. In their latest adventure, TABULA RASA, Ruso is tending the builders of Hadrian’s Wall. When rumours start to spread that there’s a body buried in the Wall and a young boy disappears, the discontent of the locals threatens to erupt into violent rebellion.

I’m fascinated by the tensions that must have existed between occupiers and occupied in Roman Britain, and by the fact that although most of the characters are long forgotten, the setting still lies beneath our feet.

When not writing or researching the Ruso novels, my happiest moments are spent wielding an archaeological trowel.

From my website

And the winners of the Free Book Draw are…

Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to enter the Free Book Draw, and especial thanks from the cat to several people who said they’d take him too. I’d like to have sent everybody a book but that would be awfully expensive. So – congratulations to Anne, Paul,…

Four free books to win! (And no cat.)

THE DRAW HAS NOW CLOSED –  THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED! The winners will be announced shortly. I’m delighted to announce that Bloomsbury are now taking over publication of all the Medicus books. This means that the first four books, originally called “Ruso and…” in the UK, will be renamed.…

The library of illegible books

Big news in recent weeks, as Ruso and Tilla have mentioned on their Facebook page. (They must be reading my mind.) It now seems someone’s found a way to read the charcoal ink on the scrolls that were burned to a crisp by Vesuvius almost 2000 years ago. There really…

 
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