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  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press; 1 edition (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589946
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,951,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The puzzle is challenging enough to keep readers  searching for clues, but the triumph of the authors lies in their spot-on recreation of the political and bureaucratic climate of the times."—Publishers Weekly starred review of Nine for the Devil

"Whores, beggars, lawyers, even a tax collector and a pope wander around Constantinople’s back alleys, brothels, kitchens and church sanctum sanctorums. What a relief for John (Eight for Eternity, 2010, etc.) to be finally freed of his duties and prepare to take his household off to Greece." —Kirkus Reviews of Nine for the Devil

"More complex and colorful than any Byzantine mosaic, Nine for the Devil by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, will sweep you back into the cruel intrigue-ridden court of the Emperor Justinian, where treachery and murder linger behind every shadowed column of the imperial palace in Constantinople." —Robin Burcell, award-winning author of The Bone Chamber

"Twisty plotting, fabulous dialogue, and aristocratic backstabbing drew me into this clever plot (Who killed an Empress who showed no signs of being murdered?) and I could not stop reading until I watched master problem-solver John dance his way out of the deadly wrath of his grieving emperor." Jerrilyn Farmer, bestselling author of the Madeline Bean mysteries

"Subtle, well-drawn characters, from the ascetic John to the capricious and enigmatic Justinian; deft descriptive detail revealing life in the late Roman Empire; and sharp dialogue make this another winner in this outstanding historical series" —Publishers Weekly starred review of Eight for Eternity


 

 

About the Author

After 1999's highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow, the husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer extended the series with Two For Joy, Three For A Letter, Four For A Boy, and Five for Silver. In June 2003 Booklist Magazine named the John the Eunuch novels one of its four Best Little Known Series.


The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer had published several short John the Eunuch detections in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999's highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and Enjoyable March 30 2012
By Rhubarb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mary and Eric are a great writing team, and their series (starting with "One for a Boy") is a fine example of historical fiction done right. They have mastered the very difficult art of making each character's voice distinct, without resorting to pseudo accents or artificial cant. And obviously they have done their homework, making the historical setting accurate, while writing prose at times transcendently beautiful.

My only criticism is that occasionally the sentence structure made me stop and say, "Huh? What was that?", thus pulling me out of the narrative to parse out the meaning of the sentence.

Example: "But Cosmas and Damian did seem inclined to aid a Mithran Lord Chamberlain." I expected there to be "not" in the sentence. Chapter Sixty-one.

Another example: "...it would also be difficult not to be able to sleep at your post for fear the emperor might suddenly appear and catch you at it." Awkward. Chapter Sixty-one.

And there were a few, just a few, typos and misplaced commas. Nothing serious.

All in all, a book well worth reading--and while you're at it, read the whole series. You will enjoy them all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent and Enjoyable March 26 2012
By Rhubarb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Mary and Eric are a great writing team, and their series (starting with "One for Sorrow") is a fine example of historical fiction done right. They have mastered the very difficult art of making each character's voice distinct, without resorting to pseudo accents or artificial cant. And obviously they have done their homework, making the historical setting accurate, while writing prose at times transcendently beautiful.

My only criticism is that occasionally the sentence structure made me stop and say, "Huh? What was that?", thus pulling me out of the narrative to parse out the meaning of the sentence.

Example: "But Cosmas and Damian did seem inclined to aid a Mithran Lord Chamberlain." I expected there to be "not" in the sentence. Chapter Sixty-one.

Another example: "...it would also be difficult not to be able to sleep at your post for fear the emperor might suddenly appear and catch you at it." Awkward. Chapter Sixty-one.

And there were a few, just a few, typos and misplaced commas. Nothing serious.

All in all, a book well worth reading--and while you're at it, read the whole series. You will enjoy them all.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More Than I Expected Oct. 28 2012
By sharlee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was searching for historical mysteries and skipped by the John, the Lord Chamberlain books serveral times. I just didn't think the series would appeal to me. Then I ran out of books to read and the library was closed. I searched Kindle and when I came to this series I decided to give it a try. I enjoyed the story and have read all of the books in the series. I had thought the books would go in order by numbers. One of the books, I think it is Four For a Boy, actually tells the beginning of the story of John becoming Lord Chamberlain.
great sixth century Constantinople mystery March 13 2012
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In 548 in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire, Empress Theodora has died from a terrible illness. However, her husband Emperor Justinian, twenty years her senior, believes otherwise that someone murdered his spouse by poisoning her.

He directs lord chamberlain John to investigate his wife's death with the warning of finding her killer or he and his family will face the same consequences Justinian plans for Theodora's murderer. John knows that the empress died of natural causes from a debilitating disease as few had access to the Empress. Still though a doubting Thomas, he analyzes who of the many with motives at the castle had both access and major gains with Theodora out of the way. He narrows the list to a few powerful people with deep grudges against the royal couple, but remains skeptical that a homicide occurred as opportunity is limited to Gaius the royal physician and food servicing servants to have delivered poison.

The latest John the Lord Chamberlain sixth century Constantinople mystery (see Eight for Eternity) is a great entry that combines a strong whodunit with a puissant look at the period mostly inside the place but somewhat also through the heroes' friends and family outside too. The palace politics engages the audience as the norm is superstition (for instance the Emperor is a demon), backstabbing and betrayal. John knows the urgency of his mission as time is running out on him and his loved ones with Justinian demanding the head of his wife's killer. With a moral dilemma to hand over someone or else, fans will enjoy John's latest adventures in the palace of Emperor Justinian.

Harriet Klausner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A good book like others in the series June 3 2012
By S. Rice - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have read all the books in this series. I have learned a lot about the history of Constantinople and the end of the Roman Empire. These books combine history and great entertainment. I highly recommend all of them.


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