Ruth Downie

About me

I’m the author of seven mysteries featuring Roman Army medic and reluctant sleuth, Gaius Petreius Ruso, and his British partner Tilla. In their latest adventure, VITA BREVIS, Ruso and Tilla head to Rome. They soon discover that the grand facades of polished marble mask an underworld of corrupt landlords and vermin-infested tenements. There are also far too many doctors – some skilled, but others positively dangerous.

I’m fascinated by the tensions that must have existed between Roman and Briton during the occupation, and how those tensions must have played out in the lives of ordinary people now long forgotten.

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

From my website

Never work with children or animals.

VITA BREVIS finally makes it into paperback in the UK today (hooray!) so it seems right to mark the occasion. I can hardly have a launch party for a book that’s been out in hardback and ebook for some time now, but on the other hand, unless people know it’s…

Toga Tuesday!

Butser Ancient Farm in Hampshire was full of Romans last week. There were soldiers and civilians, and families ranging from toddlers to grandparents. They were wandering in and out of the houses, feeding the sheep, eating, playing, laughing, working, shopping and having their hair done.   Some of them were…

Of Scotland and the price of peace

A holiday snap from Dumfries and Galloway. Not Fife, where the silver was found, but it’s the nearest we got. Just back from travelling in the Scottish borders to find that Jean, Sam and Alice have kindly sent me a link to this story of Roman silver being discovered in…

 
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