John the Eunuch is the Lord Chamberlain to the Byzantine Emperor, Justinian, whose capital Constantinople is in a state of unrest. The Church of the Holy Wisdom of God which houses a fragment of the true cross has been looted and then set aflame, and the Emperor, naturally wants John the Eunuch to get it back.
A Byzantine Mystery is a good, quick read set in the often overlooked Byzantine period which was refreshing. I don’t think I have read any fiction set during this period of history before. The character of John the Eunuch was interesting and engaging, and I would certainly like to read more in this series.
I came across this short story in The Mammoth Book of Historical Whodunnits, ed. Mike Ashley.