Book I

Ruso (Medicus) and the Disappearing Dancing Girls (UK)

Medicus (USA)

‘…the beginning of an addictively escapist series.’ (The Times)

‘Ruso is a wonderful character, fuelled by a dyspeptic machismo and sullen charm reminiscent of Harrison Ford in his heyday. A charming novel.’ (Kirkus, starred review)

ruso-penguin-paperback-cover.jpgMedicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls first coverMedicus cover published by Bloomsbury USA

Roman Army medic Gaius Petreius Ruso has come to Britannia to make a fresh start. Within days he finds himself landed with a female corpse that nobody else wants to deal with, and a local slave girl who won’t talk to him. He’s also fallen foul of the dreaded hospital administrator at Deva (modern-day Chester), and a senior centurion wants to strangle him. The last thing he wants to do is investigate the murders of local barmaids – and naturally, his handsome and spectacularly lazy colleague Valens is no help at all.

Things can be tough on the edge of the Empire – not only for a civilised man, but for the women he seems fated to gather around him.

To listen to Ruth discussing the book with Scott Simon of NPR, click here

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Medicus (Gaius Petreius Ruso, #1)

Ruso’s first adventure is also available in German as ‘Tod einer Sklavin’, and in Polish as ‘Medyk i Znikajace Tancerki’. Russian, Spanish Romanian and Czech publishers have bought rights – if any one knows the titles, please get in touch.

UK: ISBN-13: 978-0141027258 USA: ISBN-13: 978-1596914278 LARGE PRINT UK: ISBN-13: 978-0753177440 USA: ISBN-13: 978-0786296026

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