Ten for Dying: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

Ten for Dying: A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery

by Mary Reed, Eric Mayer
     
 

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It's a hot summer night in 548 CE Constantinople and Emperor Justinian, distraught from the death of his Empress Theodora, has exiled John, the Lord Chamberlain. At the Church of the Holy Apostles, an Egyptian magician tries to raise the empress from the dead. As the unholy ceremony explodes into chaos, supposed demons vanish into the darkness with one of the

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It's a hot summer night in 548 CE Constantinople and Emperor Justinian, distraught from the death of his Empress Theodora, has exiled John, the Lord Chamberlain. At the Church of the Holy Apostles, an Egyptian magician tries to raise the empress from the dead. As the unholy ceremony explodes into chaos, supposed demons vanish into the darkness with one of the city’s holiest relics, a fragment of the shroud of the Virgin. Felix, Captain of the Palace Guard, is selected as John’s successor. Already juggling his gambling debts, political maneuverings, and an ambitious new mistress, Felix is charged with finding the missing relic, as well.

But before Felix’s investigation even begins, someone deposits a corpse at his house. A botched attempt to dispose of the body leaves Felix looking suspect. To make matters worse, it seems as if half the city wants to possess the relic, see Felix dead—or both. If only Felix’s friend, the shrewd John, were still in the city, but the former Lord Chamberlain has already sailed for Greece.

Now Felix enters a fight for his very survival, a crucible in which he cannot cannot tell friend from foe—or worldly dangers from the supernatural.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/21/2014
Reed and Mayer mix things up a bit with their 10th whodunit set in Constantinople during the reign of Emperor Justinian (after 2012's Nine for the Devil). In the wake of the murder of the emperor's wife, Theodora, which John solved in the last book, the chamberlain has been dismissed from his position, and decides to start a new life in Greece. That decision leaves his friend Felix, a captain of the place guard, to solve a series of crimes. Bizarre circumstances surround the theft of a relic kept in the Church of the Holy Apostles: the thief left behind 30 frogs, sacred to an Egyptian god, and a scarab beetle on top of Theodora's sarcophagus. The case is complicated by witness reports of demons and Felix's discovery of a corpse, under potentially compromising circumstances. The authors offer a lighter tone to go along with their new lead sleuth, although it's unclear who will be featured in the next installment. (Mar.)
From the Publisher

"Subtle, well-drawn characters, from the ascetic John to the capricious and enigmatic Justinian; deft descriptive detail revealing life in the late Roman Empire; and sharp dialogue make this another winner in this outstanding historical series." —Publishers Weekly, starred review of John the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries

“The puzzle is challenging enough to keep readers searching for clues, but the triumph of the authors lies in their spot-on recreation of the political and bureaucratic climate of the times.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Nine for the Devil
 
"More complex and colorful than any Byzantine mosaic, Nine for the Devil by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, will sweep you back into the cruel intrigue-ridden court of the Emperor Justinian, where treachery and murder linger behind every shadowed column of the imperial palace in Constantinople."—Robin Burcell, award-winning author of The Bone Chamber, on Nine for the Devil
 
"Subtle, well-drawn characters, from the ascetic John to the capricious and enigmatic Justinian; deft descriptive detail revealing life in the late Roman Empire; and sharp dialogue make this another winner in this outstanding historical series." —Publishers Weekly, starred review of Eight for Eternity
 
"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, starred review of Seven for a Secret
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464202292
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
03/04/2014
Series:
Ten for Dying Series, #10
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
812,670
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author


"The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer co-author the award-winning John, Lord Chamberlain historical mysteries set in 6th century Byzantium. The American Library Association's Booklist Magazine named the Lord Chamberlain novels one of its Best Little Known Series and the books have received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, most recently from the latter for Nine For the Devil, ninth in the series."

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