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“In Downie's second mystery featuring Roman-era army doc Gaius Ruso, the sawbones is now stationed on the outskirts of Britain and investigating the ritualistic beheading of a soldier. But is the knife-wielding killer a local or a comrade?
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Lowdown Downie's attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor make Incognita one hell of a toga party. B+”—Entertainment Weekly"a lively sequel...Ruso rocks. Let’s hear it for those Romans.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "This well-researched novel places Downie alongside such established masters of the Roman historical as Steven Saylor and Rosemary Rowe.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“If you missed Downie's debut novel, Medicus, which introduced regimental doctor Gaius Petreius Ruso and his slave/housekeeper Tilla, you'll want to get caught up. This book, which is even better than the first, opens with the pair headed to northern outposts, where Ruso hopes to gain some advancement...This is a terrific series that historical mystery fans shouldn't miss - Downie's knowledge of Roman military medicine is phenomenal - but you do need the background of the first book.”—Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail
And mix that with the fact that I am also an anglophile and we have a winner! The writing is good, humor and gentle romance enhances the story well told.Published 22 days ago by trishbooklover
I'm getting quite fond of the characters in this series but think the writing fell off in a few spots. Still a good read.Published 22 days ago by red
Perhaps it's because I read "Terra Incognita" on the same day I finished book one, "Medicus", and so I was coming off of an excellent story that made this sequel feel slightly flat... Read morePublished 1 month ago by GG
This was my first Ruth Downie book read. I was expecting more of an historic fiction. Instead it is an interesting story/mystery that could take place anywhere (almost) but... Read morePublished 1 month ago by notsohandyman
Great series of mysterious circumstances in ancient timed. I recommend this.Published 1 month ago by DMC
If you've read the first one, this one is just as good. All the frustration, all the characters, and all the fun in a new location. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mean, Evil, Step-Teacher
I've read other books by Ms Downie, but I just could not get into this one. I'm not sure if it's the story, the dialogue or what, but his book did not do it for me.Published 2 months ago by Ms Sumida