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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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It is 539 AD and as the reconquest of Italy draws toward its close, a pair of eight-year old twins descended from the last Ostrogothic king have become valuable pawns in Emperor Justinian's plans to restore the glory of Rome. Unfortunately, during the performance of a play at a banquet honoring the two young diplomatic hostages, death makes an entrance and claims one brother. Then Empress Theodora's favorite mime vanishes and John, Lord Chamberlain to Justinian, is ordered to find both the missing mime and the murderer.

In this third John the Eunuch novel, his investigations are hampered by squabbling courtiers, servants harboring social ambitions, an eccentric host, and an egotistic inventor, not to mention the complications posed by a herd of prophesying goats and a protective whale. His friends the Mithran Anatolius and the excubitor captain Felix only add to John's worries when they fall under the spell of two ambitious women. Can the trio avoid Theodora's wrath as they work to protect a child and stop a heartless killer? It is uncertain whether the solution lies within the villa where all have assembled or back in Constantinople--or in some other world altogether.

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In this third John the Eunuch novel set in 539 AD, his investigations are hampered by squabbling courtiers, servants harboring social ambitions, an eccentric host, and an egotistic inventor, not to mention the complications posed by a herd of prophesying goats and a protective whale. His friends the Mithran Anatolius and the excubitor captain Felix only add to John's worries when they fall under the spell of two ambitious women. Can the trio avoid Theodora's wrath as they work to protect a child and stop a heartless killer? It is uncertain whether the solution lies within the villa where all have assembled or back in Constantinople--or in some other world altogether.

About the Author

Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, already known for their historical short stories which have appeared in the anthologies Royal Whodunnits and Shakespearean Dectectives, and in the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, have written four previous short stories featuring John the Eunuch with a fifth due out this Fall. Mary has written scripts for the PBS radio program Weather Notebook and been a featured guest on the PBS program "What D'you Know?" Eric is a former Golden Quill Award winner from the Pennsylvania Newspapers Publishers Association.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781890208882
Author:
Reed, Mary
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Author:
Stuve-Bodeen, Stephanie
Author:
Mayer, Eric
Location:
Scottsdale, AZ
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Byzantine empire
Subject:
John the Eunuch
Subject:
John the Eunuch - fictional character; 6th Century; Ancient Rome; Automatons; Belisarius; Byzantium; Christianity; Constantinople; Eastern Roman Empire; Eunuch; Great Palace; Hagia Sophia; Hero Of Alexander; Historical; Historical Fiction; Historical Myst
Subject:
Mystery Historical
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
John the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries
Series Volume:
no. 01-03-046
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this third John the Eunuch novel set in 539 AD, his investigations are hampered by squabbling courtiers, servants harboring social ambitions, an eccentric host, and an egotistic inventor, not to mention the complications posed by a herd of prophesying goats and a protective whale. His friends the Mithran Anatolius and the excubitor captain Felix only add to John's worries when they fall under the spell of two ambitious women. Can the trio avoid Theodora's wrath as they work to protect a child and stop a heartless killer? It is uncertain whether the solution lies within the villa where all have assembled or back in Constantinople--or in some other world altogether.
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