After all the confusion with the first book, masquerading under two titles and a change of front cover, which fooled me into buying two copies of the same book, I was unsure whether to put any of my hard earned cash down on this one, but all things being equal the first book was an enjoyable read in the same vein as Lindsey Davis or Steven Saylor, so why cut off my nose to spite my face.
This is the second novel in the Medicus Series, featuring as its main character, Gaius Petreius Ruso, a divorced and down on his luck army doctor, who has made the rash decision of attempting tomake not only a career but a fortune in the far flung reaches the Roman Empire, namely Britain.
In the previous book Russo and the Disappearing Dancing Girls, Gaius manages to acquire himself a slave girl Tilla, not even Gaius is sure how he managed to do that, but the pair of them make a good team and the antics and scrapes that they get up to between them makes for enjoyable reading. If the books continue to the same standard of the first two there is no reason why this should not be an excellent series. Whether it ever achieves the cult status of the Lindsey Davis offerings remains to be seen.