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John, the Lord Chamberlain series
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1st edition, One for Sorrow (1999)

  • One for Sorrow (1999)
  • Two for Joy (2000)
  • Three for a Letter (2001)
  • Four for a Boy (2003)
  • Five for Silver (2004)
  • Six for Gold (2005)
  • Seven for a Secret (2008)
  • Eight for Eternity (2010)
  • Nine for the Devil (2012)
  • Ten for Dying (2014)

Author Mary Reed/Eric Mayer
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical mystery
Publisher Poisoned Pen Press
Published November 15, 1999 – present
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)

The John, the Lord Chamberlain series is a series of historical mystery novels by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer. Also known as the "John the Eunuch" mysteries, the novels feature John, Emperor Justinian's Lord Chamberlain, a eunuch who solves mysteries in 6th-century Constantinople. Publishers Weekly praises the series' "Subtle, well-drawn characters, from the ascetic John to the capricious and enigmatic Justinian; deft descriptive detail revealing life in the late Roman Empire; and sharp dialogue make this another winner in this outstanding historical series."


  • One for Sorrow (1999) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Two for Joy (2000) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Three for a Letter (2001) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Four for a Boy (2003) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Five for Silver (2004) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Six for Gold (2005) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Seven for a Secret (2008) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Eight for Eternity (2010) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Nine for the Devil (2012) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Ten for Dying (2014) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • Murder in Megara (2015) (Poisoned Pen Press)
  • An Empire for Ravens (2018) (Poisoned Pen Press)
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