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Ten for Dying (John the Eunuch #10)

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Ambition, intrigue, treachery, murder—another Byzantine mystery…. 548 CE. It’s a hot summer night in Constantinople. Emperor Justinian is mourning his dead wife, Theodora. John, his Lord Chamberlain, has been exiled. And at the Church of the Holy Apostles, an Egyptian magician tries to raise the Empress from the dead while demons vanish into the darkness with one of the ci ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Denise
I received an Advance Reader's Copy of this book on Netgalley. And I just love this series so I was super excited to get it!

Many of the books’ plots (and the personalities of the emperor and empress) are based on stories from Procopius' The Secret History, so there is an interesting blend of history and fiction achieved by using these dubious-but-contemporary stories from the period. The writing style is what I call slow (that's not a bad word to me), the authors walk you through the mystery at
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Scott
I finished this historical mystery by the husband/wife team Eric Mayer and Mary Reed, and enjoyed it very much. Unlike the first nine, which featured the Lord Chamberlain John (serving Emperor Justinian) solving imperial mysteries - sort of like an ancient troubleshooter, this one changes focus. In the last (#9), John ended up exiled from Constantinople, and so he (and his wife and household staff) becomes a bit player in this mystery, and instead Felix, captain of the Excubitors, takes center s ...more
Faith
This is the tenth in a series of mysteries featuring John The Lord Chamberlain and set in 6th century Constantinople. I have not read any of the previous books. This is a stand alone story and the entertaining plot can be enjoyed without reading the earlier books. The setting for this book is unusual and the characters are colorful and interesting. However, if you are a fan of John, be warned that he is in only approximately 10% of this book. The rest of the book is about John's friend Felix, ca ...more
Sarah-Hope
We’re moving into the final week of winter quarter where I teach, with one more quarter left to go after that before summer opens up before us, wide and (at least in our fantasies) encompassing time enough for every read and project we can dream up. Mid-March is the point in the academic year when I begin to feel a bit like a boulder rolling downhill, building up momentum, with not much control over direction, chipping off bits and pieces of myself as I go. Mid-March is also when I start looking ...more
Kathleen
So glad to have had the opportunity to visit with John, the Lord Chamberlain of Emperor Justinian again~ for the 10th time! Constantinople in 548 CE is as dirty and violent as always but John has been exiled,and Felix is left to investigate a mystery at the court.

John and Cornelia are sailing to their farm in Greece to live in exile. Justinian is still in seclusion after his beloved Theodora's death and all is not well in the Roman Empire. Felix, Captain of the Palace Guard is bereft of his fr
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Jenny
I couldn't put it down .
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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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