Persona Non Grata

Persona Non Grata

A Novel of the Roman Empire

Book - 2009
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The third novel in the acclaimed Gaius Petreius Ruso series by the New York Times bestselling Ruth Downie--this time set in ancient Gaul.

Ruth Downie is published as R.S. Downie in the UK, and this book is available there under the title Ruso and the Root of All Evils .

At long last, Gaius Petreius Ruso and his companion, Tilla, are headed home--to Gaul. Having received a note consisting only of the words "COME HO ME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought T illa to meet his family.

But the reception there is not what Ruso has hoped for: no one will admit to sending for him, and his brother Lucius is hoping he'll leave. With Tilla getting icy greetings from his relatives, Lucius's brother-inlaw mysteriously drowned at sea, and the whole Ruso family teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, it's hard to imagine an unhappier reunion. That is, until Severus, the family's chief creditor, winds up dead, and the real trouble begins...

Engrossing, intricate, and--as always--wonderfully comic, Ruth Downie's latest is a brilliant new installment in this irresistible series. This is everything we've come to expect from our charming, luckless hero.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2009.
ISBN: 9781596916098
Branch Call Number: FICTION DOW


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Feb 14, 2014

Ruso and Tilla travel to his family's farm in Gaul in answer to an urgent message to come home. When they arrive, it appears that the family did not want him there despite their problems with creditors, one of whom dies in their home not long after Ruso's arrival. This, of course, means that he is a prime suspect and has to solve the crime in order to avoid being arrested and being eaten by animals at the upcoming gladiator games. His family is also not pleased to meet Tilla, the barbarian, even though her courage and willingness to fight her way out of bad situations saves the day twice.

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