WorldCat Identities

Downie, Ruth 1955-

Overview
Works: 44 works in 303 publications in 5 languages and 9,016 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  History  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PR6104.O94, 823.92
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Ruth Downie
Medicus : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

26 editions published between 2006 and 2015 in English and held by 1,455 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A down-on-his-luck Roman army doctor, Gaius Petreius Ruso has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in one of the inclement outposts of the Roman Empire, journeying to the far reaches of Britannia, where he rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from her abusive owner, an ill-advised decision that leads to nothing but trouble
Terra incognita : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the spring of the year 118, Gaius Petreius Ruso has been stationed in the Roman-occupied province of Britannia for nearly a year. After his long and reluctant investigation of the murders of a handful of local prostitutes, Ruso needs to get away, volunteering for a posting with the army in Britannia's deepest recesses. These hinterlands are the homeland of Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there. Her tribespeople are fomenting a rebellion against Roman control, and her former lover is implicated in the grisly murder of a soldier. Ruso is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect. Worse, he is honor-bound to try to prove the man innocent--and the army wrong--by finding another culprit
Persona non grata : a novel of the Roman empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and held by 999 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, become embroiled in a family scandal when Severus, the family's chief creditor, winds up dead
Caveat emptor : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 910 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the far reaches of the Roman Empire, there are three certainties in life for Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso: death, taxes, and angry barbarians. The hero finds himself trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure, and the legacy of Boudica, the rebel queen
Semper fidelis : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resuming his medical duties in the Twentieth legion in Roman-occupied Britain, Gaius Petreius Ruso investigates an outbreak of mysterious injuries and deaths and discovers possible links to the revered Centurion Geminus and the long-awaited Emperor Hadrian
Tabula rasa : a crime novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The medicus Ruso and his wife Tilla are back in the borderlands of Britannia, this time helping to tend the builders of Hadrian's Great Wall. Having been forced to move off their land, the Britons are distinctly on edge and are still smarting from the failure of a recent rebellion that claimed many lives. When Ruso's recently arrived clerk, Candidus, goes missing, tensions increase. Then a local boy also vanishes, and Ruso and Tilla discover an intricate scheme involving slavery, changed identities, and fur trappers
Vita brevis : a crime novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Russo and Tilla's excitement upon arriving in Rome with their baby daughter is soon dulled by their discovery that the grand facades of polished marble mask an underworld of corrupt landlords and vermin-infested tenements. There are also far too may doctors- some skilled, but others positively dangerous. Ruso thinks he has been offered a reputable medical practice only to find that his predecessor, Doctor Kleitos, has fled, leaving a dead man in a barrel on the doorstep and the warning "Be careful who you trust." Distracted by the body and his efforts to help a friend win the hand of a rich young heiress, Ruso makes a grave mistake, causing him to question his own competence and integrity. With Ruso's reputation under threat, he and Tilla must protect their small family from Doctor Kleito's debt collectors and find allies in their new home while they track down the vanished doctor and find out the truth about the heiress father- Russo's patient- and the unfortunate man in the barrel."
Memento mori : a crime novel of the Roman empire by Ruth Downie( Book )

6 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The eighth gripping novel in the bestselling Medicus series, in which Ruso and Tilla investigate the death of the wife of Ruso's friend in the sacred hot spring of Aquae Sulis
Terra incognita : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Recording )

17 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Britannia, Ruso must try to prove the innocence of Tilla's former lover
Medicus : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Recording )

19 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and held by 234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaius Petrius Ruso rescues a slave girl. The girl has a lot of trouble and brings it into Ruso's life. Now Ruso is trying to save his life
Medicus and the disappearing dancing girls by Ruth Downie( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Emperor Trajan is dead, long live Emperor Hadrian! Gaius Petreius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in one of the inclement outposts of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known as Chester) does little to improve his mood and, after a straight thirty-six hours on the wards in the Fort, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues injured slave girl, Tilla. Little does he realize how this one act is going to bring nothing but trouble and far too much interaction with the irritating locals, who will insist on killing each other ... With wonderful comic timing and an irresistible sense of humour, "Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls" is a beguiling and unique detective novel and introduces in Ruso and Tilla the hottest pairing to come out of the Roman Empire
Ruso and the demented doctor by Ruth Downie( Book )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and German and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Army doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso is waiting for the gods to smile on him. But, on a posting to the hostile North of Britannia, he's in for a long wait. Not least because the locals have a new hero who likes to strap antlers to his head and scare the Romans silly, while Ruso's slave girl, Tilla, is stubbornly refusing to identify the culprit in a police line-up." "But when Ruso is waylaid at the Fort of Coria, where a fellow doctor has confessed to a grisly murder, it's a case of out of the cauldron and into the fire. With Tilla thrust outside the fort (and into the arms of a former lover), Ruso is landed not only with Doctor Thessalus's patients but also the tricky task of getting him to retract the confession. Something smells fishy about this murder - and Coria is miles from the sea." "Ruso faces a nightmarish investigation - trailed by the secret police, hunted by the Stag Man and betrayed by Tilla, is it any wonder he's seeking solace in the rather-too-watery local beer?"--Jacket
Persona non grata : [a novel of the Roman empire] by Ruth Downie( Recording )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, become embroiled in a family scandal when Severus, the family's chief creditor, winds up dead
Caveat emptor : a novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Recording )

15 editions published between 2011 and 2015 in English and held by 197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the far reaches of the Roman Empire, there are three certainties in life for Doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso: death, taxes, and angry barbarians. The hero finds himself trapped at the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy involving theft, forgery, buried treasure, and the legacy of Boudica, the rebel queen
Ruso and the root of all evils by Ruth Downie( Book )

7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaius Petreius Ruso, doctor to the Legions, is about to return home to Gaul after many years' absence. Little does he realize the letter summoning him back has been forged, or that the sunny Mediterranean lifestyle conceals a dark threat lurking at every corner. His family are in horrific debt to dangerous men and when the principal creditor, Severus, is poisoned in the Ruso home they become the primary suspects in his murder
Ruso and the river of darkness by Ruth Downie( Book )

6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 115 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Gaius Petreius Ruso has arrived back in Britannia with his new wife Tilla and a trunk full of wedding crockery. His old friend and colleague Valens has promised to help him find work, but what Valens comes up with isn't at all what he had in mind: Ruso is tasked with hunting down a missing tax man named Julius Asper. Meanwhile, Tilla longs for somewhere to unpack the crockery, and a home for the baby she hopes will soon follow ... Compelled to delve deeper by a threat from his old sparring-partner Metellus, Ruso discovers that along with the tax man, the money is also missing. And the good townsfolk of Verulamium, bickering over what's become of it, may not be as loyal to Rome as they like to appear. While Tilla tries to comfort Asper's wife, an anonymous wellwisher warns the couple to flee before they get hurt. It isn't long before Ruso and Tilla find themselves trapped in the heart of an increasingly treacherous conspiracy and begin to fear for their own lives . . ."--Publisher
Semper fidelis : [a novel of the roman empire] by Ruth Downie( Recording )

14 editions published between 2013 and 2015 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Resuming his medical duties in the Twentieth legion in Roman-occupied Britain, Gaius Petreius Ruso investigates an outbreak of mysterious injuries and deaths and discovers possible links to the revered Centurion Geminus and the long-awaited Emperor Hadrian
Ruso and the disappearing dancing girls by Ruth Downie( Book )

6 editions published between 2007 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historisk, humoristisk krimi fra midt i det 2. århundrede efter Kristus. Handlingen foregår i det besatte England, og hovedpersonerne er Gaius Ruso, læge ved den 20. legion i Chester og hans slavepige Tilla
Vita brevis : a crime novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Recording )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ruso and Tilla's excitement at arriving in Rome with their new baby daughter is soon dulled by their discovery 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. Ruso thinks that he has been offered a reputable medical practice only to find that his predecessor Doctor Kleitos has fled, leaving a dead man in a barrel on the doorstep and the warning, "Be careful who you trust." Distracted by the body and his efforts to help a friend win the hand of a rich young heiress, Ruso makes a grave mistake, causing him to question both his competence and his integrity. With Ruso's reputation under threat, he and Tilla must protect their small family from Doctor Kleitos's debt collectors and find allies in their new home while they track down the vanished doctor and find out the truth about the heiress's dead father-Ruso's patient-and the unfortunate man in the barrel
Memento mori : a crime novel of the Roman Empire by Ruth Downie( Recording )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In ancient Bath, a scandal is threatening to engulf the spa town. Ruso's best friend's wife has been found dead, and his friend is accused of murder. Ruso and Tilla do their best to help but no one is telling the truth
 
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Medicus : a novel of the Roman Empire
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Terra incognita : a novel of the Roman EmpirePersona non grata : a novel of the Roman empireCaveat emptor : a novel of the Roman EmpireTerra incognita : a novel of the Roman EmpireMedicus : a novel of the Roman EmpireMedicus and the disappearing dancing girlsRuso and the demented doctorPersona non grata : [a novel of the Roman empire]
Alternative Names
Downie, R. S.

Downie, R. S. 1955-

Downie, R. S. (Ruth S.), 1955-

Ruth Downie britische Schriftstellerin

Ruth Downie British writer

Ruth Downie Brits auteur

Ruth Downie escritora británica

Languages
English (250)

German (3)

Russian (1)

Czech (1)

Dutch (1)