Six for Gold: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery #6

Six for Gold: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery #6

Why are sheep in the remote Egyptian village of Mehenopolis cutting their own throats? That's the mystery Emperor Justinian inexplicably sends John, his Lord Chamberlain, to Egypt to solve. Mehenopolis ...

About The Author

Mary Reed and Eric Mayer

The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer published several short stories about John, Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999's highly acclaimed first full length novel, ...

Reviews of

Six for Gold: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery #6

“Set in plague-ridden sixth-century Constantinople, Reed and Mayer’s captivating sixth John the Eunuch novel opens dramatically as John, lord chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, flees “excubitors” (i.e., palace guards) in the Hippodrome…Filled with quirky characters, including a bee seller and a magician, this fresh entry with its intriguing details of Egyptian culture reveals further depths to the most clever John and his family members. A helpful glossary rounds out the book.”

Publishers Weekly

“As usual the authors write precisely and gracefully, maintaining a perfect balance between historical atmosphere and old-fashioned mystery. The setting, sixth-century Byzantium, is still fresh, still full of wonders and weirdness. And, like Lindsey Davis’ Falco series, there’s an agreeable mixture of drama and comedy. Fans of the series will be overjoyed.”


“A busy historical mystery with an engagingly wry tone. Many detours, but getting there is most of the fun.”

Kirkus Reviews