Tabula Rasa: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire

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Price
$26.00  $24.18
Publisher
Bloomsbury USA
Publish Date
Pages
352
Dimensions
6.43 X 9.61 X 1.19 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781608197088

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About the Author

Ruth Downie is the author of the New York Times bestselling Medicus, as well as Terra Incognita, Persona Non Grata, Caveat Emptor, and Semper Fidelis. She is married with two sons and lives in Devon, England.

Reviews

"Attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor . . . One hell of a toga party." --"Entertainment Weekly"

"Wonderfully entertaining." --"Newsweek"

"Places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe." --"Publishers Weekly," starred review

"Shipwrecks, ex-wives, gruesome gladiatorial games, unruly children, family discord, and, of course, mayhem and murder. Highly recommended." --"Library Journal," starred review

"Ruso rocks. Let's hear it for those Romans." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review

"A pleasure to read. The Ruso series might not be as well known as, say, Lindsey Davis' longer-running Marcus Didius Falsco series, but it's just as entertaining." --"Booklist"

"Ruth Downie ranks among the very best of today's generation of Roman writers; by far and away the most obvious inheritor of Rosemary Sutcliff's honoured mantle. Ruso is a complex, engaging, utterly human medic, straddling the line between occupiers and occupied in the divided lands of Britannia with panache and good-humoured compassion. With a finely wrought plot, a densely woven cast of characters and plenty of action, this is a book to savor to the last sentence." --M.C. Scott, author of the Rome and Boudica series

"It makes book reviewing easy when you realize you are reading for pleasure! A superb evocation of the harsh life of Romans and rebels in the bandit-country of England while building Hadrian's Wall. Ruth Downie shows why she's considered the best of the Roman mystery writers. A crime writer to watch with a matchless style. Look out, Lindsey Davis!" --Michael Jecks, author of the Knights Templar series

"Excellent--a well-constructed murder mystery that skillfully brings Roman Britain to life. You feel that you are there in the cramped hospitals of the Roman forts or out in the bleak northern countryside watching the flickering flames of the Samain festival. The story is told with Ruth Downie's usual quirky humor and a nod towards the present day health services--the sly references to targets and quotas are very much part of the fun of the book. This is story-telling of a high order--an immensely enjoyable read. --L.C. Tyler, author of "The Herring-Seller's Apprentice"

"Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"Immediately transports the reader to another time and place." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Downie's attention to detail--both historical detail and human detail--makes this series a joy to read for the mystery lover, the classics fan, or anyone seeking more character-driven genre fiction." --"The Historical Novel Society"

Attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor . . . One hell of a toga party. "Entertainment Weekly"

Wonderfully entertaining. "Newsweek"

Places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe. "Publishers Weekly, starred review"

Shipwrecks, ex-wives, gruesome gladiatorial games, unruly children, family discord, and, of course, mayhem and murder. Highly recommended. "Library Journal, starred review"

Ruso rocks. Let's hear it for those Romans. "Kirkus Reviews, starred review"

A pleasure to read. The Ruso series might not be as well known as, say, Lindsey Davis' longer-running Marcus Didius Falsco series, but it's just as entertaining. "Booklist"

Ruth Downie ranks among the very best of today's generation of Roman writers; by far and away the most obvious inheritor of Rosemary Sutcliff's honoured mantle. Ruso is a complex, engaging, utterly human medic, straddling the line between occupiers and occupied in the divided lands of Britannia with panache and good-humoured compassion. With a finely wrought plot, a densely woven cast of characters and plenty of action, this is a book to savor to the last sentence. "M.C. Scott, author of the Rome and Boudica series"

It makes book reviewing easy when you realize you are reading for pleasure! A superb evocation of the harsh life of Romans and rebels in the bandit-country of England while building Hadrian's Wall. Ruth Downie shows why she's considered the best of the Roman mystery writers. A crime writer to watch with a matchless style. Look out, Lindsey Davis! "Michael Jecks, author of the Knights Templar series"

Excellent--a well-constructed murder mystery that skillfully brings Roman Britain to life. You feel that you are there in the cramped hospitals of the Roman forts or out in the bleak northern countryside watching the flickering flames of the Samain festival. The story is told with Ruth Downie's usual quirky humor and a nod towards the present day health services--the sly references to targets and quotas are very much part of the fun of the book. This is story-telling of a high order--an immensely enjoyable read. "L.C. Tyler, author of The Herring-Seller's Apprentice"

Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history. "Kirkus Reviews"

Immediately transports the reader to another time and place. "Publishers Weekly"

Downie's attention to detail--both historical detail and human detail--makes this series a joy to read for the mystery lover, the classics fan, or anyone seeking more character-driven genre fiction. "The Historical Novel Society""

Attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor . . . One hell of a toga party. Entertainment Weekly

Wonderfully entertaining. Newsweek

Places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe. Publishers Weekly, starred review

Shipwrecks, ex-wives, gruesome gladiatorial games, unruly children, family discord, and, of course, mayhem and murder. Highly recommended. Library Journal, starred review

Ruso rocks. Let's hear it for those Romans. Kirkus Reviews, starred review

A pleasure to read. The Ruso series might not be as well known as, say, Lindsey Davis' longer-running Marcus Didius Falsco series, but it's just as entertaining. Booklist

Ruth Downie ranks among the very best of today's generation of Roman writers; by far and away the most obvious inheritor of Rosemary Sutcliff's honoured mantle. Ruso is a complex, engaging, utterly human medic, straddling the line between occupiers and occupied in the divided lands of Britannia with panache and good-humoured compassion. With a finely wrought plot, a densely woven cast of characters and plenty of action, this is a book to savor to the last sentence. M.C. Scott, author of the Rome and Boudica series

It makes book reviewing easy when you realize you are reading for pleasure! A superb evocation of the harsh life of Romans and rebels in the bandit-country of England while building Hadrian's Wall. Ruth Downie shows why she's considered the best of the Roman mystery writers. A crime writer to watch with a matchless style. Look out, Lindsey Davis! Michael Jecks, author of the Knights Templar series

Excellent--a well-constructed murder mystery that skillfully brings Roman Britain to life. You feel that you are there in the cramped hospitals of the Roman forts or out in the bleak northern countryside watching the flickering flames of the Samain festival. The story is told with Ruth Downie's usual quirky humor and a nod towards the present day health services--the sly references to targets and quotas are very much part of the fun of the book. This is story-telling of a high order--an immensely enjoyable read. L.C. Tyler, author of The Herring-Seller's Apprentice

Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history. Kirkus Reviews

Immediately transports the reader to another time and place. Publishers Weekly

Downie's attention to detail--both historical detail and human detail--makes this series a joy to read for the mystery lover, the classics fan, or anyone seeking more character-driven genre fiction. The Historical Novel Society

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"Attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor . . . One hell of a toga party." --Entertainment Weekly

"Wonderfully entertaining." --Newsweek

"Places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe." --Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Shipwrecks, ex-wives, gruesome gladiatorial games, unruly children, family discord, and, of course, mayhem and murder. Highly recommended." --Library Journal, starred review

"Ruso rocks. Let's hear it for those Romans." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"A pleasure to read. The Ruso series might not be as well known as, say, Lindsey Davis' longer-running Marcus Didius Falsco series, but it's just as entertaining." --Booklist

"Ruth Downie ranks among the very best of today's generation of Roman writers; by far and away the most obvious inheritor of Rosemary Sutcliff's honoured mantle. Ruso is a complex, engaging, utterly human medic, straddling the line between occupiers and occupied in the divided lands of Britannia with panache and good-humoured compassion. With a finely wrought plot, a densely woven cast of characters and plenty of action, this is a book to savor to the last sentence." --M.C. Scott, author of the Rome and Boudica series

"It makes book reviewing easy when you realize you are reading for pleasure! A superb evocation of the harsh life of Romans and rebels in the bandit-country of England while building Hadrian's Wall. Ruth Downie shows why she's considered the best of the Roman mystery writers. A crime writer to watch with a matchless style. Look out, Lindsey Davis!" --Michael Jecks, author of the Knights Templar series

"Excellent--a well-constructed murder mystery that skillfully brings Roman Britain to life. You feel that you are there in the cramped hospitals of the Roman forts or out in the bleak northern countryside watching the flickering flames of the Samain festival. The story is told with Ruth Downie's usual quirky humor and a nod towards the present day health services--the sly references to targets and quotas are very much part of the fun of the book. This is story-telling of a high order--an immensely enjoyable read." --L.C. Tyler, author of The Herring-Seller's Apprentice

"Downie writes with quiet authority and surprising depth, offering an engaging depiction of an obscure slice of history." --Kirkus Reviews

"Immediately transports the reader to another time and place." --Publishers Weekly

"Downie's attention to detail--both historical detail and human detail--makes this series a joy to read for the mystery lover, the classics fan, or anyone seeking more character-driven genre fiction." --The Historical Novel Society