Caveat Emptor is the fourth and latest book in Ruth Downie’s Roman Empire series. I recently discovered this series and it has become one of my favorites. It was nice there were four books already out and sad because Caveat Emptor is a recent release and I will have a long wait for the next book. Caveat Emptor is the first one I have listened to as an audio book. Simon Vance is great as the reader. He knows just when to pause and what tone to use to get the dialog just right.
Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie
In Caveat Empton, Tilla and Ruso are newlyweds and are back in Britannia. Valens has promised Ruso a job but when he arrives he finds that the job is not in medicine. Instead he has been appointed as the Inspector to find a missing tax collector and more importantly the missing tax money. From there Ruso and Tilla are off and running on a new adventure. There are new characters, and some old enemies combined with murder, threats and a lot of action. As usual Tilla both helps and hurts Ruso’s investigation.
Ruth Downie has continued to develop her two main characters. I love both Ruso and Tilla and always get a lot of laughs out of the interaction between the two. Ruso would be a very dull character without Tilla. Being with Ruso has allowed Tilla the freedom to explore new avenues. I identified so strongly with both Ruso and Tilla that a relevation near the end of the book left me feeling sad for both. No spoilers here, you will have to read it for yourself.
The lush and descriptive setting adds to the story. The Roman influence in Britannia is often forgotten and yet they were there for 400 years. I really enjoy learning more about that time while reading a really good mystery. I am looking forward to the next book.
I checked out Caveat Emptor from the Rogers Public Library.