Ruth Downie


RUTH DOWNIE wrote the first three chapters of a novel about a Roman army medic in order to enter a competition. To her great surprise the finished version of MEDICUS became a New York Times bestseller and The Times recommended it as one of their  ‘Seven best thrillers for Christmas’.


VITA BREVIS, the seventh book in the series, was published in 2016. She is now working on the eighth. When she isn’t writing, Ruth’s happiest moments are spent grovelling in mud with an archaeological trowel.

Crime fiction Historical fiction
Crime fiction set mainly in Roman Britain