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Short Synopsis
In her fourth novel, Ruth Downie brings to life the corruption and treachery of Roman-occupied Britain as it closes in on her winsome leading man, Gaius Petreius Ruso.

Full Synopsis
Ruso and Tilla, now newlyweds, have moved back to Britannia, where Ruso's old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work. But it isn't the kind of work he'd had in mind—Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper.

Of course, there's also something else missing: money. And the council of the town of Verulamium is bickering over what's become of it. Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring partner, Metellus, Ruso discovers that the good townsfolk may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear.

While Tilla tries to comfort Asper's wife, an anonymous well-wisher is busy warning the couple to get away from the case before they get hurt. Despite our hero's best efforts to get himself fired as investigator, he and his bride find themselves trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure, and the legacy of Boudica, the Rebel Queen.

"Downie excels in bringing the ancient world to life as well as making the attitudes and customs of its inhabitants accessible to a modern audience." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Author Ruth Downie and narrator Simon Vance have devised the perfect listening escape.... [Vance's] smooth delivery of narrative enhances the wealth of historical facts that Downie blends into the satisfyingly complex plot." ---AudioFile

"It's a winner." ---Kirkus

"This combination of historical fiction and mystery is a satisfying listen." ---Booklist Audio Review
Publishers Weekly Review

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A Novel of the Roman Empire

Author Ruth Downie

Narrated by Simon Vance

Publication date Jan 31, 2011

Running time 11 hrs

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