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Two for Joy
01 Dec 2012 * EBOOK * £4.99 * 9781781850589

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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Two for JoyDeath in Byzantium, 2M.E. Mayer

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.

TWO FOR JOY: It is AD 537 and Constantinople is a city simmering on the edge of chaos, a maelstrom of creeds, cults and cultures. At is heart lies the Great Palace and the imperial court of the Roman Empire, a seething knot of ambition, competition, intrigue and treachery.

John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is faced with a particularly byzantine problem: he must discover why three of Constantinople's holy stylites have burned to death as they stand atop their pillars – just as a heretical preacher foretold they would. The hand of God or mortal? John must find out before hell is unleashed.

 
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.

'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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