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

Park in the Past

In Roman times a basic marching camp could be built in less than a day – often by men who’d already carried heavy kit for many miles through hostile territory, and now needed somewhere safe to bed down for the night. Building a Roman fort in the twenty-first century is…

Io, that was Saturnalia!

There’s a marvellous video of this year’s Deva celebrations on YouTube. Somewhere in there you may spot the author of the Empire series, Anthony Riches (dressed as a centurion), the Emperor Domitian (being suitably megalomanic) and yours truly. An extra treat was the combination of Saturnalia with the Winter Watch…

An honour!

Thrilled to hear that TABULA RASA is included on Nancy Pearl’s list of reads for 2015!  You can see the full list of recommendations here. Also, warm congratulations to Mick Herron, another British crime writer who’s doubly honoured by having TWO of his books on the list – a real…

 
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