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

VITA BREVIS now in paperback in the USA!

VITA BREVIS, the story of Ruso and Tilla’s trip to Rome, is published in paperback in America today! Ask at your local bookshop, or find it at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. Meanwhile, also in the USA, MEDICUS – the first book in the series – is still a July…

MEDICUS – Kindle deal in N America

I’m delighted to say that MEDICUS, Ruso and Tilla’s first adventure, is a Kindle bargain deal for the month of July in the US and Canada.  Thanks to Camilla for sending this link to It isn’t available electronically in the UK at the moment I’m afraid… it WILL be…

Eboracum 2017 – join the Roman army!

Right. Line up, you lot. And get that hair cut! Half of you look like a bunch of girls! Write and tell your Mum you’ll be home in twenty years.   You’ll travel to distant places and collect exotic souvenirs. The Legion will feed you.   The Legion will clothe…

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