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Four for a Boy (John the Eunuch #4)

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In 525 Constantinople nothing is as it should be. The winter is unnaturally cold, and the palace has fallen under the sway of both the shade of the wife of the dying Emperor Justin and Theodora, the former actress his gravely ill successor Justinian intends to marry. The streets are terrorized alternately by elegantly dressed young thugs who style themselves the Blues and ...more
ebook, 292 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published 2003)
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I liked this book, and felt it brought forward some of the dangers of its time, when no one was truly safe, and many lived only at the pleasure of a more powerful personage. John is an interesting character, although I felt there was much in his past that was not revealed. I suppose the author plans other "prequels" to explore his earlier life.
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This book gives the backstory of how John became a detective. The mystery isn't quite as compelling as the previous three in the series, but the authors make 5th century Constantinople come to life so it was still a fun read.
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Mary Reed and Eric Mayer began writing together in 1992. They have contributed to a number of anthologies such as Royal Whodunnits, MammothBook of Historical Whodunnits and Mammoth Book of Shakespearean Detectives, as well as to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. They have also
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