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Mayer, Eric

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Works: 17 works in 94 publications in 2 languages and 5,640 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery stories 
Classifications: PS3568.E36768, 813.54
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Publications about Eric Mayer
Publications by Eric Mayer
Most widely held works by Eric Mayer
Seven for a secret by Mary Reed( Book )
8 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 685 libraries worldwide
Stumbling upon the body of a woman who had served as a model for the mosaic pictured on his study wall, John, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, searches for clues to her murder in the dark streets of the Copper Market region of Constantinople
Two for joy by Mary Reed( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2013 in English and held by 667 libraries worldwide
It is now two years after One For Sorrow and John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is faced with a new and byzantine problem: why are Constantinople's holy stylites bursting into flames as they stand atop their pillars? His investigations are hampered by a pagan philosophy tutor from his youth and a heretical Christian prophet whose ultimatums threaten to topple the Empire. Then murder strikes close to home and John has only days to find a solution before he, his friends, his Emperor, and the city itself are destroyed. The sumptuous halls of the Great Palace and the riot-torn streets are filled with the same danger and deception. A colorful cast of characters that includes a runaway wife, servants and soldiers, madams and mendicants, a venomous court page and a wealthy landowner or two -- not to mention John's bete noire, the Empress Theodora -- adds texture to this rich, exotic tale of sixth century life and mysterious death
Four for a boy by Mary Reed( Book )
6 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 622 libraries worldwide
In sixth-century Constantinople, John the Eunuch, a Justinian palace slave, is assigned to defend the empire by attempting the daring capture of a murderer responsible for the death of a philanthropist in the Great Church
Three for a letter by Mary Reed( Book )
4 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 586 libraries worldwide
In sixth-century Constantinople, eight-year old twins are the key to Emperor Justinian's plans to resurrect the crumbling Roman Empire, but when one of them is murdered, John the Eunuch is charged with the task of finding the guilty party
Five for silver by Mary Reed( Book )
8 editions published between 2004 and 2013 in English and German and held by 574 libraries worldwide
The year is 542, and the bubonic plague has Contantinople firmly in its death dealing grasp. John, the Lord Chamberlain, learns that an old friend of his elderly servant, Peter, has been murdered. Then he learns that the friend was not who Peter thought he was
Eight for eternity by Mary Reed( Book )
8 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in English and held by 561 libraries worldwide
As a political riot breaks out in Constantinople, John, now chamberlain to the emperor Justinian, is tasked with finding two escaped prisoners, each belonging to a different racing faction at the heart of the riots
One for sorrow by Mary Reed( Book )
10 editions published between 1999 and 2013 in English and held by 559 libraries worldwide
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'
Six for gold by Mary Reed( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 540 libraries worldwide
Emperor Justinian sends his Lord Chamberlain John the Eunuch to Mehenopolis, a remote pilgrim destination that is home to an ancient shrine dedicated to a snake deity, to investigate the killings of local sheep, while back at home in Constantinople, Anatolius must find the killer of a senator, a crime in which John has become the prime suspect
Nine for the devil : a John the Lord Chamberlain mystery by Mary Reed( Book )
8 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 476 libraries worldwide
The year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead of disease. Or so everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire, believes. Everyone except Emperor Justinian, who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find her murderer or suffer the consequences
Seven for a secret by Mary Reed( Computer File )
8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 134 libraries worldwide
Lord Chamberlain spent his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her or afterwards, to find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before, as she claimed?
Nine for the Devil by Mary Reed( Computer File )
6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 130 libraries worldwide
The year is 548, and Empress Theodora is dead of disease. Such is the belief of everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire. Everyone except Emperor Justinian, who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain, to find her murderer or suffer the consequences
Eight for eternity a John the Lord Chamberlain mystery by Mary Reed( Computer File )
7 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 97 libraries worldwide
In January 532 mobs ruled Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire. Against a murderous backdrop lit by raging fires, John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, must find those seeking to use the Nika Riots to dethrone the emperor. But are the ringleaders still in the city or even alive? Porphyrius, the most famous charioteer of his time, may know more than he tells about the mysterious disappearance of two men under imperial guard. What roles are a pair of brothers with a distant claim on the throne playing? Does a headstrong young girl hold the key to the mystery? With the fate of the empire at stake, will General Belisarius and his armed troops side with the rioters or remain loyal to Justinian? To some the riots portend the end of the empire, to others the end of the world itself. John must untangle a web of intrigue in a city where death holds court at every corner before the escalating violence in the streets removes all hope of finding those he seeks
Seven for a secret a John the Lord Chamberlain mystery by Mary Reed( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 4 libraries worldwide
PLAYAWAY. As Lord Chamberlain, John spent his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square - or afterwards, to find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before, as she claimed? Who was she? Who wanted her dead and why? The answers seem to lie among the denizens of the smoky streets of that quarter of Constantinople known as the Copper Market, where artisans, beggars, prostitutes, pillar saints, and exiled aristocrats struggle to survive within sight of the Great Palace and yet worlds distant. Before long, John suspects he is attempting to unravel not just a murder but also a plot against the empire
The body in the mithraeum a death in Byzantium short story by Mary Reed( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Four for a boy a john, the lord chamberlain mystery by Eric Mayer( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
In 525 Constantinople nothing is as it should be. The winter is unnaturally cold, and the palace has fallen under the sway of both the shade of the wife of the dying Emperor Justin and Theodora, the former actress his gravely ill successor Justinian intends to marry. The streets are terrorized alternately by elegantly dressed young thugs who style themselves the Blues and forces under the orders of the City Prefect nicknamed The Gourd, a man notoriously adept at slaughter and magick. Thus, when a wealthy philanthropist is killed in broad daylight in the Great Church, it isn't entirely surprising that the future ruler Justinian engages an anonymous young slave called John to investigate what many believe could be part of a succession conspiracy. In this series prequel, John the Eunuch takes his first dangerous steps along the path that will lead him to hold office as Lord Chamberlain. Among the suspects are many whose lives might be touched by an emperor, from senators, churchman, and wealthy businessmen to laborers, beggars, and prostitutes. Before he can track down the murderer, John must first win the respect of Felix, the excubitor reluctantly assisting him, discourage the advances of the romantic but naove Lady Anna, and make peace with his own fate
Three for a letter a john, the lord chamberlain mystery by Eric Mayer( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
High jinx in the imperial court mixes with lowlife in Constantinople's mean streets' 'If the perfect historical mystery is one that uses the past to let us see the present from a new angle, then this is darned close to being the perfect historical mystery.''Booklist (starred review for Two for Joy) It is 539 AD and as the reconquest of Italy draws toward its close, a pair of eight-year old twins descended from the last Ostrogothic king have become valuable pawns in Emperor Justinian's plans to restore the glory of Rome. Unfortunately, during the performance of a play at a banquet honoring the two young diplomatic hostages, death makes an entrance and claims one brother. Then Empress Theodora's favorite mime vanishes and John, Lord Chamberlain to Justinian, is ordered to find both the missing mime and the murderer. In this third John the Eunuch novel, his investigations are hampered by squabbling courtiers, servants harboring social ambitions, an eccentric host, and an egotistic inventor, not to mention the complications posed by a herd of prophesying goats and a protective whale. His friends the Mithran Anatolius and the excubitor captain Felix only add to John's worries when they fall under the spell of two ambitious women. Can the trio avoid Theodora's wrath as they work to protect a child and stop a heartless killer' It is uncertain whether the solution lies within the villa where all have assembled or back in Constantinople'or in some other world altogether
Seven for a secret a john, the lord chamberlain mystery by Eric Mayer( file )
1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 library worldwide
Who killed the mosaic girl' As Lord Chamberlain, John spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic on his study wall. He never expected to meet her in a public square or afterwards find her red-dyed corpse in a subterranean cistern. Had the mysterious woman truly been the model for the mosaic years before as she claimed' Who was she' Why had she sought John out' Who wanted her dead ' and why'The answers seem to lie among the denizens of the smoky streets of that quarter of Constantinople known as the Copper Market, where artisans, beggars, prostitutes, pillar saints, and exiled aristocrats struggle to survive within sight of the Great Palace and yet worlds distant. John encounters a faded actress, a patriotic sausage maker, a sundial maker who fears the sun, a religious visionary, a man who lives in a treasure trove, and a beggar who owes his life to a cartload of melons. Before long he suspects he is attempting to unravel not just a murder but a plot against the empire. Or is John really on a personal quest, to find the reality behind the confidante he thought existed only in his own imagination' Is there such a thing as truth in a place where people live on memories, dreams, and illusions' Even if there is, can John push aside the shadows and find the truth in time'
 
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