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Four for a Boy

(2003)
(The fourth book in the John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery series)
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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 naive Lady Anna, and make peace with his own fate.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Hardback Editions

February 2003 : USA Hardback
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Title: Four for a Boy: A John the Eunuch Mystery
Author(s): Mary Reed, Eric Mayer
ISBN: 1-59058-031-1 / 978-1-59058-031-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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Paperback Editions

June 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Four For A Boy (John, the Lord Chamberlain Mysteries)
Author(s): Mary Reed
ISBN: 1-59058-210-1 / 978-1-59058-210-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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May 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Four for a Boy
Author(s): Mary Reed
ISBN: 0-7434-8690-0 / 978-0-7434-8690-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: I Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Four For A Boy (John the Lord Chamberlain Book 4)
Author(s): Mary Reed, Eric Mayer
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
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