Seven For A Secret
Author: Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
Published: April 15, 2008 by Poisoned Pen Press
Series Name: John the Eunuch
Category: historical mystery
Main Character: John, Lord Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian I
John has long been in the habit of airing his thoughts to Zoe, the little girl depicted in the mosaic on his study wall. One day he meets a woman claiming to be the model for the child, but the next time he sees her she is a battered, red-dyed corpse. John's quest to discover the woman's identity and bring her murderer to justice leads him into the noise and smoke of the artisans' quarter of Constantinople where he encounters aristocrats banished from court, actresses, beggars, a sundial maker who fears sunlight, and a beggar whose miraculous cure involved a cartload of melons.