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Head of Zeus
Three for a Letter
01 Dec 2012 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781850954

A mystery series set in the splendour and squalor of sixth century roman Constantinople following John, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian.

Fiction / FFH (Crime Fiction)
Extent: 352 pages
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Death in Byzantium - Box Set
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Two for Joy
Four for a Boy
Five for Silver
Six for Gold
Seven for a Secret
Eight for Eternity
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DEATH IN BYZANTIUM: At the heart of what is left of the Roman Empire, lies a city simmering with intrigue & treachery. Amid this maelstrom stands John, a slave who has risen to become the right hand of Justinian, the greatest of Byzantium's emperors. With violence and murder commonplace, it is John's skills as an investigator that the Emperor prizes the most.

THREE FOR A LETTER: 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 upstages the occasion and claims one brother. Then Empress Theodora's favourite actor vanishes and John, Lord Chamberlain to Justinian, is ordered to find both the missing actor and the murderer... and to protect the life of the remaining twin.

With Justinian's dreams of Empire at stake, John will need all his wits to keep his job... and his head.

 
M.E. Mayer is the husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer. Mary was born in Newcastle-on-Tyne and ran the Theology Faculty office at Oxford University before she emigrated to America and met her husband and co-author.

'An excellent entry in an excellent series. Darned close to being the perfect historical mystery.', Booklist

'Subtle, well-drawn characters, from the ascetic John to the capricious Justinian; an outstanding historical series.', Publishers Weekly

'John the Lord Chamberlain is an unforgettable protagonist.', Library Journal

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