This is the third in the ancient Roman, military-mystery series, Gaius Petreius Ruso, Persona Non Grata sets up Ruso’s response to an urgent letter from home. A response that, on the surface, seems disastrous to the financial well-being of Ruso’s family.
Arranging leave from the Twentieth Legion, Ruso takes Tilla home to Nemausus in Narbonensis (modern-day Nimes) where he proceeds to stick his foot in it right and left with his ex-wife and ex-father-in-law; his missing brother-in-law; the cousin, the senator; and, his own family who aren’t sure what to make of this barbarian he’s brought home. Ruso has a lot of incentive to solve two murders if he’s going to remain an honorable man in the military and prevent the family homestead from being taken.
Poor Ruso, I don’t know what he’d do without Tilla—it’s an interesting partnership as Tilla has no patience with Roman cultural or personal biases—this angel does not fear to tread! A fascinating look at Roman village interactions and family life with all their prejudices in the south of Gaul/France. Curious to see how similar we still are and makes me appreciate our law a lot more.