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Medicus & the Disappearing Dancing Girls by R.S. Downie. 2006 - Michael Joseph. For sale is a first edition, first printing. very good used hardback book in a very good dust jacket.

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For sale is a very good hardback copy of the novel, Medicus & the Disappearing Dancing Girls by R.S. Downie, published in 2006 by Michael Joseph.

Edition Details

Title Medicus & the Disappearing Dancing Girls
Author R.S. Downie
Publisher Michael Joseph
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2006
ISBN 9780718149291
Cover Price 12.99
No. Pages 465
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.87

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a number 1 on the copyright page.

The book has black boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight with some creasing to the spine.

The very good dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £12.99. It has the slightist surface marking to the reverse panel.

Overall a very good copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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R.S. Downie

In 2004 Ruth Downie won the Fay Weldon section of BBC3's End of Story competition; Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls is her first novel. Ruth Downie is married with two sons. She lives in Milton Keynes.

Synopsis of this title

Emperor Trajan is dead, long live Emperor Hadrian! Gaius Petreius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in one of the inclement outposts of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. His arrival in Deva (more commonly known as Chester) does little to improve his mood and, after a straight thirty-six hours on the wards in the Fort, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues injured slave girl, Tilla. Little does he realize how this one act is going to bring nothing but trouble and far too much interaction with the irritating locals, who will insist on killing each other...With wonderful comic timing and an irresistible sense of humour, "Medicus and the Disappearing Dancing Girls" is a beguiling and unique detective novel and introduces in Ruso and Tilla the hottest pairing to come out of the Roman Empire.

Reviews of this title


'…the beginning of an addictively escapist series.' (The Times)

'Ruso is a wonderful character, fuelled by a dyspeptic machismo and sullen charm reminiscent of Harrison Ford in his heyday. A charming novel.' (Kirkus, starred review)

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