Two for Joy

Two for Joy

Book - 2000
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Winner, the Glyph Award - Best Mystery
Honorable Mention - Glyph Best Book Award list
IPPY Best Mystery Award finalist

John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the Emperor Justinian, is skilled at keeping his footing on the treacherous slopes of court intrigue, but even he may slip when presented with a new and byzantine problem: why would a holy man high atop his pillar spontaneously combust during a thunder storm? Soon, other stylites burn to their deaths. John, still fresh from working a tricky murder case two years earlier in One for Sorrow , finds that 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, the Emperor Justinian, and the city itself are destroyed.

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 bête noire, the Empress Theodora - add texture to this rich, exotic tale.

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781890208370
189020837X
Characteristics: 345 p. : map ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mayer, Eric

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shapjul
Jun 21, 2012

I keep thinking this series should be better than it really is. The setting and the set-up is very interesting and the main character is appealling. But the writing is a bit clunky and so it is hard to feel like one is moving along. I have now read books one and two in this series and I'm not sure I'll make it to 3. This from a person who likes to really read through series, too.

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