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

Of high heels and trivia

I’ve been musing on Parkinson’s Law. Not the famous one (“work expands to fill the time available”) but another from the same book: Parkinson’s Law of Triviality.  “The time spent on any item on the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum involved.”  (If you’re wondering what this…

Io Saturnalia! – Ruso speaks.

I’m delighted to welcome a guest writer to the blog on this special day – G Petrieus Ruso, Medicus.  When I first asked him to say a few words about Saturnalia, he was characteristically reticent and referred me to his friend Valens, claiming that “He knows more about parties than…

A long way from Rome

Apologies for the blog silence. I’ve been travelling beyond the farthest reaches of the Empire.  At least, that’s what I thought, but one of the displays in the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (which is well worth a visit if you’re passing that way) was eerily familiar. “That,” I cried to…

 
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