Short Story Review: A Byzantine Mystery by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer

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.


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