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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Mary Reed
  • ISBN:
    1890208426
  • ISBN13:
    978-1890208424
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  • Publisher:
    Poisoned Pen Press; Revised ed. edition (October 1, 2000)
  • Pages:
    288 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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    4.7
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Mary Reed and Eric Mayer originally introduced John the Eunuch through several short stories, and have now . In the end, most readers will come away from One for Sorrow finding they enjoy the company of a clever eunuch.

Mary Reed and Eric Mayer originally introduced John the Eunuch through several short stories, and have now brought him out as a full-time ancient sleuth. One for Sorrow is a novel that is hard to put down. The authors are superb artists who paint a well-presented mystery with the colors of a civilization that seemed shrouded in history until viewed on their life-like canvas. As the authors plan to continue John's stories, we can look forward to spending more time with an interesting new addition to the historical mystery world - John the Eunuch.

The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer published several short stories about John, Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, in mystery .

The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer published several short stories about John, Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, in mystery anthologies and in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine prior to 1999’s highly acclaimed first full length novel, One for Sorrow. The hero is John the Eunuch, once a mercenary but now Lord Chamberlain in Justinian's court who seeks to solve the murder of the Keeper of the Plate. Bodies turn up and John seeks to find the answer that ties together a soothsayer, a red headed knight from Britain, and the victims while protecting his former lover (from before the incident that gave him the appellation) and daughter.

The John, the Lord Chamberlain series is a series of historical mystery novels by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer. Also known as the "John the Eunuch" mysteries, the novels feature John, Emperor Justinian's Lord Chamberlain, a eunuch who solves mysteries in 6th-century Constantinople.

One for Sorrow (nursery rhyme). One for Sorrow" is a traditional children's nursery rhyme about magpies. According to an old superstition, the number of magpies one sees determines if one will have bad luck. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 20096. There is considerable variation in the lyrics used.

Before John could react there was a roar, a chilling mixture of shouts and screams, and a mass of humanity crashed into him, like a wave against the seawalls

Before John could react there was a roar, a chilling mixture of shouts and screams, and a mass of humanity crashed into him, like a wave against the seawalls. Caught by surprise he was driven nearly to his knees and propelled across the square. By the time he regained his balance Felix was nowhere to be seen. The square grew silent. John realized that the crowd had suddenly drawn away from the cart. He pushed through massed bodies until he saw what had caused the flight. The bear trainer’s iron cage had toppled off the cart.

Or I should say it’s just that none of us recognized it except my grandma, who died in the spring when I was still fourteen and a freshman in high school

Or I should say it’s just that none of us recognized it except my grandma, who died in the spring when I was still fourteen and a freshman in high school. She’d come to live with us after my grandpa died of lung cancer and she’d been with us for a year when I went into her bedroom one morning to wake her for breakfast and found her dead. Before she died, we’d gotten used to my grandma predicting a great misfortune coming. She always had odd sayings and rhymes to explain anything out of the ordinary.

Mary Reed, Eric Mayer. This button opens a dialog that displays additional images for this product with the option to zoom in or out. Tell us if something is incorrect. One for Sorrow : A John, the Lord Chamberlain Mystery. John, the Lord Chamberlain (Paperback).

John the Eunuch series set during Byzantine Roman Empire. Inspector Dorj in modern Mongolia. Weather, cats, orienteering, Newcastle, interactive fiction. About the Authors The husband and wife team of Mary Reed and Eric Mayer 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. Their protagonist's adventures continued in Two For Joy (2000), a Glyph Award winner in the Best Mystery category. Two For Joy also gained an Honorable Mention in the Glyph Best Book Award list and in addition was a finalist for the IPPY Best Mystery Award.

Byzantium, capitol of the 6th century Roman Empire, simmers a rich stew of creeds, cultures, and citizens with a sprinkling of cutthroats and crimes. John the Eunuch, Emperor Justinian's Lord Chamberlain, orders a Christian court while himself observing the rites of Mithra. Thomas, a knight from Britain, Ahasuerus, a soothsayer, and two ladies from Crete stir up events and old memories for John, who must ask how the visitors link to the death of Leukos, Keeper of the Plate. An Egyptian brothel keeper and a Christian stylite know more than they are telling.... In due course, John gets his man - and a love scene....

Nejind
If you like the ancient Rome centered mystery novels of Lindsey Davis, John Robert Maddox, and Steven Saylor and want to try a different locale, read "One for Sorrow". It takes place in sixth-century Byzantium and takes place in the streets, docks, cisterns, and Great Palace. Scenes occur at the Hippodrome, the Church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia), and even atop a column with a stylite. While this ancient capital is officially Christian, Mithraism and Egyptian religions influence the tale. Details of life in the capital of the Eastern Empire include references to Kollyba, Liquamen, and even an early type of organ, the Hydra.
The hero is John the Eunuch, once a mercenary but now Lord Chamberlain in Justinian's court who seeks to solve the murder of the Keeper of the Plate. Bodies turn up and John seeks to find the answer that ties together a soothsayer, a red headed knight from Britain, and the victims while protecting his former lover (from before the incident that gave him the appellation) and daughter.
Mary Reed and Eric Mayer provide a great detective story set in a different time and place. The copy I read from Poisoned Pen Press was crisply printed with a very readable type setting. It includes a small map of Byzantium and ends with an 8 page glossary (in case you don't know who Zeuxippos was).
Ffrlel
I read this book first and continued in numerical order. This really isn't the first book in the series. Four for a Boy provides background about Lord John, tells how he became Lord Chamberlain, and introduces the other reoccurring characters. It is really a prequel to One for Sorrow. I enjoyed the series, but wished I had started with Four for a Boy and then read the rest of the books in order.
Elizabeth
I was disappointed. There was no feeling of ancient Constantinople or imperial Rome. The characters were lackluster; the mystery boring. The protagonist John could be anyone. Neither his mutilation nor his post made any difference to him or the plot.
Camper
Highly enjoyable. Unusual cast of characters yet written with such attention to detail that it's easy to slip into the pages and feel as if you are there wandering the tight streets of Constantinople. I will be buying others after this one and do hope they are as good.
Kerdana
The entire series has been on my Keeper Shelf since I read them. And I've gone back and read them more than once. I'm now very happy to have them for my Kindle. The history is good. The mystery is always satisfying. And the personal story is riveting. You can't ask for more than that.
Brazil
It was good, but I was hoping to learn more about the society of Byzantium.
Dagdatus
Impressive!
John is the High Chancellor, a man (or actually, a eunuch) in a position of power, raised in status from that of slave. He has quite a history, we gather from the intriguing hints given, but that is all there are - hints of the past. In this story, he finds an ex-lover, and discovers he has a daughter he never knew of, but instead of exploring this theme, he appears to forget all about them for a chapter or two, and the relationship between them is never explored. I feel the story of John's past and present would be far more interesting than what we have - a mystery with a few twists, the writing somewhat disjointed in parts, though with occasional flashes of brilliance. An exploration of John himself could have been a great book, which is why I have headed the review, 'A Missed Opportunity.'