Six for Gold
John the Eunuch Mysteries
by Mary Reed and Eric Meyer
Plague victims litter the streets of sixth century Constantinople. John, Lord Chamberlain
to Emperor Justinian, is arrested after he is found standing over the corpse of a senator
who obviously didn't die of disease. John is accused of murder, and although Empress
Theodora seems intent on seeing him punished, Justinian sends John to Egypt to investigate
a strange case of suicidal sheep. While John's friend, Anatolius, stays behind to clear
John's name, John boards a ship along with his wife and his trusted servant, Peter, and
heads to Mehenopolis. After their arrival, John must sort through an odd cast of characters,
including a self-titled magician, a bee keeper, and an exiled cleric. Meanwhile, Anotolius
discovers that an assassin has been sent to eliminate John. Anatolius sends John's son-in-law,
Thomas, to Mehenopolis to warn the Lord Chamberlain.
Six for Gold has several mysteries brewing at one time: Who killed the Senator?
Was John the target of a set-up? How are the sheep really dying and why? Could the unusual
case be linked to circumstances in Constantinople? Will John ever be allowed to return
Once again, Mary Reed and Eric Meyer give us access to an ancient world through the
eyes of believable characters and fascinating plots. They bridge the gap between "history
and mystery" with this sixth offering in one of the best series on the market. John the
Eunuch is an original and captivating detective who will become one of your favorite
NOTE: Reviewer Nancy
Mehl is the author of Graven Images and Sinner's Song.