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A scandal is threatening to engulf the popular spa town of Aquae Sulis (modern-day Bath). The wife of Ruso's best friend, Valens, has been found dead in the sacred hot spring, stabbed through the heart. Fearing the wrath of the goddess and the ruin of the tourist trade, the temple officials are keen to cover up what's happened. But the dead woman's father is demanding justice, and he's accusing Valens of murder.
If Valens turns up to face trial, he will risk execution. If he doesn't, he'll lose his children.
Ruso and Tilla do their best to help, but it's difficult to get anyone - even Valens himself - to reveal what really happened. Could Ruso's friend really be guilty as charged?
©2018 Ruth Downie (P)2018 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Christian Bonnell on 03-19-18

Amazing author, amazing reader

Ruth Downie is a master storyteller, and Simon Vance is the perfect narrator to capture the longsuffering grumbling of Gaius Patreus Ruso. I have listened tha o the whole series, and am eagerly awaiting the next one!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Book Lover on 03-14-18

Another masterpiece, look forward to the next

What made the experience of listening to Memento Mori the most enjoyable?

Simon Vance is a master performer with these characters. The story is always original and interesting.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Memento Mori?

Intercourse between the two cultures

Which scene was your favorite?

Sewers

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Pertinax accidental poisoning

Any additional comments?

Tilla's independent spirit

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By Mary Carnegie on 04-14-18

The odd couple in Bath

Well narrated by Simon Vance. Mystery sustained throughout. The setting in Aquae Sulis takes note of recent archeological finds and scholarship but provides clarification in a postscript between imagination and history (which evolves over centuries, anyway). I know Bath quite well (my daughter was at uni there) and although the remaining Roman structures, including the baths, are substantial, they are generally overlaid by Georgian and Victorian developments, obscuring our view of this Romano-British tourist resort, long before the arrival of the various Germanic tribes who became the English.
I think Simon Vance made good decisions about accents - the upper class Roman citizens, second or third generation from long pacified provinces (like southern Gaul) probably did speak Latin approximately similar to the ruling class of Rome, but evidence even from Bath itself (those wonderful curses) indicates a British Vulgar Latin; vulgar in this sense is no insult, it’s the spoken language, which evolved into French, Italian, Spanish, Romanian etc. Be grateful agreeing pluperfect subjunctives has gone out of fashion. It seems reasonable to me to differentiate native Britons using accents of their descendants and/or tribal homelands. The Vindolanda tablets and other discoveries of my lifetime tell just how multi-ethnic was the Roman province of Britannia, as was the Roman Empire throughout- Koiné Greek was still important, and Greek the language of civil servants in Rome, and scholarship (Ruso and Valens use it, as doctors, to communicate without being understood, and Ruso’s medical texts are in Greek - of course - so Tilla, now literate in Latin, cannot consult them in his absence.
Technical aspects apart, I like this odd couple, who come from different worlds, from different “wisdoms”, one “rational” and practical, the other “intuitive” and eclectically spiritual, but who have learned each other’s language. Not too bad for the occupying colonist from a colony, in the less than prestigious profession of doctor, and the aristocratic ex-slave from a small, but utterly bloody-minded clan of a big tribe.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Derek Croucher on 03-29-18

Keeps you guessing right to the very end.

Ruth Downie once again has produced a highly entertaining whodunnit set within the beautifully recreated world of Roman Britain. Twisting plots and light, dry humour go to make a fun novel. All set against the interplay of Russo and Tillas’ less than conventional marriage. Simon Vance reads brilliantly.

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