Five For Silver by Mary Reed
A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery (John, the Lord Chamberlain Series)

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The year is 542. Peter, John the Lord Chamberlain’s elderly servant, claims a heavenly visitor revealed a murder to him. It transpires that Peter’s old army friend has indeed been stabbed, but then John discovers that Gregory was not what he appeared to be.

Is the solution to the mystery to be found in a hidden identity, in the will made by a dying ship owner with a wayward son, or perhaps even amid the oracles in a merchant’s garden?

John’s quest leads him to churchmen and whores, lawyers and bear trainers. Suspects include a dealer in dubious antiquities, a resourceful bookseller, a court poet fixated on bereavement, and a holy fool who outrages the city by dancing with the dead and invading the empress’ private bath.

Only a man of unbending principle could hope to find justice in a terrified city where the good and the bad are struck down indiscriminately, where disorder rules, and where witnesses may die before they can be questioned. A city, in short, where death is the murderer’s accomplice.

About Mary Reed

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The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer published several short Lord Chamberlain detections in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999's well-received One For Sorrow, the first full length novel about their protagonist. Nine For The Devil is the ninth entry in this award-winning historical mystery series.
Published November 12, 2009 by ReadHowYouWant. 277 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Reed and Mayer surpass last year's fine Four for a Boy with this superb fifth entry in their series to feature smart, determined and credibly human sleuth John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian.

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John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is begged by his servant, Peter, to find the body of Peter's old friend, Gregory.

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