Persona Non Grata

A Novel of the Roman Empire

By Ruth Downie
(Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781596916098, 348pp.)

Publication Date: July 7, 2009

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the August 2009 Indie Notables
“What does it mean for injured Roman military physician Gaius Petreius Russo when an anonymous missive demands he come home immediately? After stormy sailing to the family home in southern Gaul, Russo finds his family facing bankruptcy, sinister investigators, and a death or two. Whew! Life in the war-torn, tribal lands of Rome's British outposts begins to look better and better.”
-- Becky Milner, Vintage Books, Vancouver, WA


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.

About the Author
Ruth Downie won the Fay Weldon section of BBC3's End of Story competition in 2004. A part-time librarian, she is also the author of "Medicus", "Terra Incognita", "Persona Non Grata", "Caveat Emptor", and "Semper Fidelis". She lives in Milton Keynes, England. Visit Ruth at
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