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Vita Brevis

(2016)
(The seventh book in the Medicus Investigation series)
A novel by

 
"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic." -Kirkus Reviews

Ruso and Tilla and their new baby daughter have left Roman-occupied Britain--and the military--for Rome at the urging of Ruso's patron, Accius. Their excitement upon arriving is soon dulled by the 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 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 Accius 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 unfortunate man in the barrel.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

July 2016 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series)
Author(s): Ruth Downie
ISBN: 1-62040-958-5 / 978-1-62040-958-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2017 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series)
Author(s): Ruth Downie
ISBN: 1-62040-960-7 / 978-1-62040-960-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire
Author(s): Ruth Downie
ISBN: 1-4945-0279-8 / 978-1-4945-0279-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2016 : USA Audio CD
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire
Author(s): Ruth Downie
ISBN: 1-4945-5279-5 / 978-1-4945-5279-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

July 2016 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire: Medicus, Book 7
Author(s): Ruth Downie
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon   

July 2016 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire: Medicus, Book 7
Author(s): Ruth Downie
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Vita Brevis: A Crime Novel of the Roman Empire (The Medicus Series)
Author(s): Ruth Downie
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


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