"[A] sterling historical page-turner."
-Publishers Weekly starred review
"The historical-mystery series that stand the test of time are those that put story first and research second. This is one of those series." -Booklist
In 542, Peter, John the Lord Chamberlain's elderly servant, claims a heavenly visitor revealed a murder to him. It transpires that Peter's old army friend has indeed been stabbed, but then John discovers that Gregory was not what he appeared to be.
John's quest for the truth leads him to churchmen and whores, lawyers and bear trainers. Suspects include a dealer in dubious antiquities, a resourceful bookseller, a court poet fixated on bereavement, and a holy fool who outrages the city by dancing with the dead and invading the empress' private bath....
Written by husband and wife team Mary Reed and Eric Mayer, this series has earned a Glyph Award for Best Mystery, an Honorable Mention in the Glyph Best Book Award list, and was a finalist for the IPPY Best Mystery Award. In June 2003 Booklist Magazine named the John the Eunuch novels one of its four Best Little Known Series.