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Seven for a Secret (John the Eunuch #7)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Who killed the mosaic girl? As Lord Chamberlain, John spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square or afterwards find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly be ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
More like 2.5 rounded up to 3. Another John the Eunuch mystery set in Justinian's Constantinople. Not as good as some others in this series; much was contrived, as you'd expect based on Procopius, the old gossip and rumormonger. This mystery brought together a woman who claims to be the model for the mosaic girl in John's study and who is murdered then thrown down a cistern and dyed red as an attempt to conceal her identity and to obliterate a tattoo on her wrist. John feels he must investigate ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am unreasonably sad that on the 7th book the publisher switched from printing on nice smooth white paper to pinching pennies by using public restroom paper towels.
Anna Bergmark
Sep 21, 2017 rated it liked it
The upside to this series:
It's an atmospheric time and a dangerous place and the main characters are quite likable.

The downside:
The plots. They are often, like in this installment, very weak indeed. What sets the ball rolling is soon forgotten. The "sleuthing" middle part consists of a lot of legwork in different directions without any feel of progression, and in the end, when all is revealed, far fetched is was sums it up best.

3 stars that could easily have been 2 if I'd felt less charitable.
Feb 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
One should not start this series on book seven. I found the historical information about sixth century Constantinople interesting, but sometime confusing. The author assumes that readers started with book one thus some character relationships are not fully explained. The main character was likeable. I will withhold my opinion until I read book one.
May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
Set in Constantinople in the reign of Justinian just after the plague, Lord Chamberlain John encounters the mysterious model for his favorite mosaic in his study. Then he finds her murdered body. Or did he? It makes me want to read about this era in history, as I don't know much about it.
Aug 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had actually read this book before but couldn't remember some of the plot. Still goo second time around.
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