THREE FOR A LETTER
by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer
Poisoned Pen Press - December 2001
ISBN: 1890208825 - Hardcover
Historical Mystery- 539 AD in Constantinople
Reviewed by Nancy
A play presented to
the Royal Court of the revered Emperor Justinian is nothing if not dramatic.
The mime, Barnabus, a dwarf, and a favorite of the Empress Theodora, plays
the part of Jonah to the hilt. The performance is highlighted by the presence
of a huge, mechanical whale, designed to swallow the small man whole,
thus portraying the story of the fall of Nineveh. However, when the jaws
of the large metal beast open, the mangled body of a young boy, Gadaric,
one of a set of twins descended from the last Ostrogothic king, lies motionless
in the leviathan's mouth. And Barnabus has disappeared.
John, Lord Chamberlain
to the Emperor, questions the maker of the mechanical whale, Hero. The
inventor assures him that the boy's death was not an accident. John sets
out to find out who wanted Gadaric dead - and why.
In this third book of
the John the Eunuch series, the saga of the man whose life was changed
forever when he was captured and disfigured by slave traders, continues
within the richness of a time and place where most readers have never
ventured. It is 539 AD, and the story is set in Constantinople, a place
full of magic, mysticism and mayhem. John is a unique blend of loyalty,
conscience, and depth. Readers will find him to be someone they want to
know more about. He is an appealing character from the past, who transitions
well into the present.
As always, Mary Reed
and Eric Mayer have presented us with a wonderful gift in THREE FOR A
LETTER. Readers who love history will be enchanted, while readers who
enjoy mystery will be enthralled.
I can't say enough about
John the Eunuch, and about the authors who have given us this breathtaking
I highly recommend THREE
FOR A LETTER, right along with its predecessors, ONE FOR SORROW, and TWO