Seven for a Secret: A John the Eneuch Mystery

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John the Lord Chamberlain spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian and passes the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square or afterwards to find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before as she claimed? Why had she sought John out? Who wanted her dead? The answers seem to lie among the denizens of the smoky streets ...

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John the Lord Chamberlain spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian and passes the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square or afterwards to find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before as she claimed? Why had she sought John out? Who wanted her dead? The answers seem to lie among the denizens of the smoky streets of Constantinople. Before long John suspects he is attempting to unravel not just a murder but a plot against the empire. Is there such a thing as truth in a place where people live on memories, dreams, and illusions? If so, can John push aside the shadows? The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer has now published seven mysteries in their John the Lord Chamberlain mystery series. The couple lives and writes in Pennsylvania. http: //home.epix.net/~maywrite

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Sixth-century Constantinople-the capital of the Byzantine empire and the forerunner to modern Istanbul-is a mysterious and perilous city as the eunuch John, the Lord Chamberlain of the Emperor Justinian, well knows. In his seventh adventure (after Six for Gold), John finds the brutally murdered corpse of a young woman who had identified herself to him as a model for a mosaic he keeps in his study and who was about to give him some vital information. Discovering what that secret was takes John, walking a fine line between maintaining his loyalty to his emperor and searching for the truth, on a twisting route to a very dangerous ending. The authors get everything right in their latest historical. The story is fast paced, the tensions between characters well portrayed; the ending leaves the reader clamoring for more. — Library Journal (2/2/2008)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590584903
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2008
  • Series: John, the Lord Chamberlain Series
  • Edition description: Large type / large print
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

After 1999's highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow, the husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer extended the series with Two For Joy, Three For A Letter, Four For A Boy, and Five for Silver. In June 2003 Booklist Magazine named the John the Eunuch novels one of its four Best Little Known Series.

The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer had published several short John the Eunuch detections in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999's highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow.

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