Monday, December 10, 2012

Kindle Daily Deal: Persona Non Grata by Ruth Downie (89% off)

Today's KDD: Persona Non Grata: A Novel of the Roman Empire, by Ruth Downie. Normally $8.99, now $0.99!

89% off, today only!

Amazon reviewer S. Nichols says "Normally when I read a historical fiction novel the book is set in Medieval England, but a few months ago I found a series set in England (Britannia back then) during the Roman occupation. I read the first two in a matter of weeks but was not sure I would read the third; the second seemed a little bit of a disappointment. As fate would have it, I won a copy of the third from the publisher and just finished it this morning. I would have finished it last night had my eyes not finally given out. Persona Non Grata is Ruth Downie's finest installment of her Gaius Petrius Ruso series to date. Ruso is a medic (before there were proper doctors and surgeons we had medics) working with the Roman military."

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 HOME!" Ruso has (reluctantly, of course) pulled up stakes and brought Tilla 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' brother-in-law mysteriously drowned at sea, and the whole Ruso family being sued for bankruptcy, it's hard to imagine an unhappier reunion. That is, until Severus, the plaintiff in the bankruptcy suit, 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.

I liked this from Ms. Downie's author page on Amazon:
Ruth is not the RS Downie who writes real medical textbooks. Absolutely none of the medical advice in the Ruso books should be followed. Roman and Greek doctors were very wise about many things but they were also known to prescribe donkey dung and boiled cockroaches.

Personna Non Grata is the third in this series.  Here are the others, in order, including the fifth, Semper Fidelis, available as a preorder, out Jan 1, 2013.  PNG would be between Terra Incognita and Caveat Emptor.

($1.99) ($7.19)  ($9.69)   ($10.99, preorder)

Features: text-to-speech, lending, enabled.

Whispersync: Audiobook available for $3.49 if you buy this book.

368 pages. 4.2-star rating with 22 of 25 reviews four stars and above.

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Happy Reading!

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