Nine for the Devil by Mary Reed
A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery (John, the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries)

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The year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead, the victim of cancer. Or so everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire, believes. Everyone except Emperor Justinian who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find the murderer or suffer the consequences. John embarks on an impossible investigation. There is no sign of foul play, but many of the quarreling, backstabbing aristocrats at the imperial court had good reason to want Theodora dead. Suspects include General Artabanes, forced to occupy a house with an unloved wife; Justinian’s cousin Germanus, who has seen his career blocked; and Antonina and her husband General Belisarius, enraged by Theodora’s attempt to marry their daughter to her grandson by compelling the young couple to live together. Could the exiled and much hated former tax collector John the Cappadocian have played a role? Might Gaius, palace physician, have tampered with Theodora’s medication? Pope Vigilius, detained in the capital due to a religious controversy, is not above suspicion. Even John’s friends, the lawyer Anatolius and Felix, captain of the place guards, are acting strangely. As if seeking a murderer who seems to be a figment of the emperor’s grief-deranged imagination isn’t difficult enough, John must also grapple with domestic upheavals. His daughter, living on an estate outside the city, is about to give birth, and his aging servant Peter is dying. Will John be able to serve justice, his loved ones, and the emperor?
 

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 March 1, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 318 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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John’s best friends lie to him, and the emperor has him in his sights as his wife’s nemesis until John, once again communing with Zoe, the little girl depicted on a mosaic in his home, pinpoints exactly by whose hand Theodora died.

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In Reed and Mayer’s superior ninth mystery set in sixth-century Constantinople (after 2010’s Eight for Eternity), Justinian sets John, the emperor’s lord chamberlain, an almost impossible, high-stakes task.

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This week we are reviewing their latest in the series, Nine For The Devil, interviewing Mary & there are details on how to win an e-book copy of the book at the end of this post.

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