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Five for Silver
Poisoned Pen, March 2004, 24.95, 258 pp. ISBN 1590581121 In Constantinople in 542 Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora rule. John the Lord Chamberlain faithfully serves his emperor but even he cannot do anything about the plague that sweeps the land. The aristocrats flee the city for their country estates and the once teeming city is a ghost town where carters pick up the dead bodies off the street and move them to a central location so they ...
Four For A Boy
Poisoned Pen Press, Feb 2003, 24.95, 3112 ISBN 1590580311 Constantinople in the winter of 525 AD is so cold that the chariot races are postponed. The Blue faction is getting into trouble and causing riots while the green faction is so intimidated they don't wear uniforms in public. John the slave eunuch is normally assigned to the palace, but is on loan to Senator Opimius and his daughter Lady Anna who he tutors occasionally. One day while es...