Three for a Letter: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery #3

Three for a Letter: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery #3

It's 539 AD, and John the Lord Chamberlain finds his investigations hampered by squabbling courtiers, servants with social ambitions, an eccentric host, and an egotistic inventor—not to mention a herd ...

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, ...

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Three for a Letter: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery #3

“Return with us now to sixth-century Constantinople (A.D. 539, to be precise), where two politically important, eight-year-old twins are key players in Emperor Justinian’s plans to resurrect the crumbling Roman Empire…Characters in the John the Eunuch novels don’t spend time telling each other things they already know, for the benefit of the reader: Reed and Mayer educate us in more subtle ways, and we’re having so much fun following the story that we don’t even realize we’re learning things. An excellent entry in an excellent series.”

Booklist starred review

“The details of daily life, from food and food preparation to the care and writing of manuscripts, enhance the action. And the ongoing struggle between Christianity (Justinian’s state religion) and the pagan rites that play a central role in the plot is particularly well drawn…those who appreciate strong historical backgrounds and solid plotting will get their money’s worth. The Byzantine mosaic art on the jacket is a real plus.”

Publishers Weekly

“Stocking their novels with period arcana, palace intrigue and more than a few curious complications…Reed and Mayer have created a distinctive historical series that has yet to disappoint.”

January Magazine