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.
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Lest anyone should think absolutely nothing’s been happening at Downie Towers while the editor was drafting her feedback on Ruso 7 – here’s news of a completely independent project. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the award-nominated team who put together A Day of Fire last year,…
There comes a point when even I have to stop talking. When it seems the supply of words – written and spoken – is drying up, and it’s time to retrench, or retreat, or recharge, or something. The well is empty, and it needs time to refill. So while the…
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,…