Paul Katz
February 29, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Terra Incognita

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ruth Downie
publisher
Bloomsbury
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction

We gave it a B+

In Ruth 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?

Movie Pitch
Prime Suspect meets Rome.

Lowdown
Downie’s attention to day-in-the-life period details, judiciously doled-out twists, and dry British humor make Terra Incognita one hell of a toga party. B+

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