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Shadows in the Night

Aurelia Marcella #1

by Jane Finnis

Roman Britain in 91 AD is a troublesome part of the mighty Empire ruled by Domitian Caesar. Tension is especially high in the north, where Aurelia Marcella, a young innkeeper from Italy, runs the Oak Tree Mansion...


Nine for the Devil

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

The year is 548 and Empress Theodora is dead, the victim of cancer. Or so everyone in Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire, believes. Everyone except Emperor Justinian who orders John, his Lord Chamberlain,...


Two for Joy

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Reed and Mayer combine the scholarship of Steven Saylor with the humor of Lindsey Davis. Starred review in Booklist 12/00.It is now two years after One For Sorrow and John the Eunuch, Lord Chamberlain to the...


Three for a Letter

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

High jinx in the imperial court mixes with lowlife in Constantinople's mean streets... "If the perfect historical mystery is one that uses the past to let us see the present from a new angle, then this is darned...


Six For Gold

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Why are sheep in a remote Egyptian village cutting their own throats?...That's the mystery Emperor Justinian in-explicably sends his Lord Chamberlain John the Eunuch to solve, at the very time John desperately...


Seven For a Secret

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Who killed the mosaic girl? As Lord Chamberlain, John spends his days counseling Emperor Justinian while passing the small hours of night in conversation with the solemn-eyed little girl depicted in a mosaic...


One for Sorrow

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Byzantium, capitol of the 6th century Roman Empire, simmers a rich stew of creeds, cultures, and citizens with a sprinkling of cutthroats and crimes. John the Eunuch, Emperor Justinian's Lord Chamberlain, orders...


Four For A Boy

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

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...


Five For Silver

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

The year is 542. While plague stalks Constantinople, an angel sets John the Eunuch on the trail of a human killer. Peter, John's elderly servant, claims a heavenly visitor revealed a murder to him. It transpires...


Eight for Eternity

by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

In January 532 mobs ruled Constantinople, capital of the Roman Empire. Against a murderous backdrop lit by raging fires, John, Chamberlain to Emperor Justinian, must find those seeking to use the Nika Riots...


Truth Will Out

by Pamela Oldfield

A thrilling historical tale of love and treachery - Folkestone, 1921. When newly-wed Maude Brent's beloved Aunt Biddy starts to grow forgetful, her thoughtful husband Lionel suggests that Maude hire a companion...


The Confession

Inspector Ian Rutledge #14

by Charles Todd

Scotland Yard’s best detective, Inspector Ian Rutledge, must solve a dangerous case that reaches far into the past in this superb mystery in the acclaimed series

Declaring he needs to clear his conscience,...


The Scent of Oranges

by Joan Zawatzky

Linda returns to the family orange farm in South Africa to attend her father's funeral. She is drawn back to her past, to the striking beauty of her homeland and the people who still live and work there, but...


Tokyo Year Zero

by David Peace

It's August 1946—one year after the Japanese surrender—and women are turning up dead all over Tokyo. Detective Minami of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police—irreverent, angry, despairing—goes on the hunt for...


The Somme Stations

by Andrew Martin

On the first day of the Somme enlisted railwayman Jim Stringer lies trapped in a shell hole, smoking cigarette after cigarette under the bullets and the blazing sun. He calculates his chances of survival –...


Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

by Neil Gaiman

A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night. . . .

In a Hugo Award–winning story, a great detective must solve a most unsettling royal murder...


The Golden One

Amelia Peabody #14

by Elizabeth Peters

A new year, 1917, is dawning, and the Great War that ravages the world shows no sign of abating. Answering the siren call of Egypt once more, Amelia Peabody and her family arrive at their home in Luxor to learn...


Lion in the Valley

Amelia Peabody #4

by Elizabeth Peters

The 1895-96 season promises to be an exceptional one for Amelia Peabody, her dashing Egyptologist husband Emerson, and their wild and precocious eight-year-old son Ramses. The much-coveted burial chamber of...


The Harper's Quine

Gil Cunningham Murder Mystery #1

by Pat Mcintosh

At the May Day dancing at Glasgow Cross, Gil Cunningham sees not only the woman who is going to be murdered, but her murderer as well. Gil is a recently qualified lawyer whose family still expect him to enter...


Hippopotamus Pool

by Elizabeth Peters

Is the Hippopotamus Pool a legend? Or Amelia's nemesis!

A masked stranger offers to reveal an Egyptian queens' lost tomb - and Amelia Peabody and her irascible archaeologist husband Emerson are intrigued, to...