Advance reader reviews of Seven for a Secret by Mary and Eric Mayer Reed.

Seven for a Secret

A John the Eunuch Mystery

By Mary and Eric Mayer Reed

Seven for a Secret
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2008,
    304 pages.

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  • Froma (Boulder CO)


    Seven for a Secret
    The seventh in a series, this book will probably be of greatest interest to individuals who have enjoyed the previous six and to those who love historical mysteries. Set in sixth century Constantinople during the reign of Justinian and Theodora, the book left me wanting to know more about the era but with no comparable desire to explore the series.
  • Jeanne (Columbia MD)


    Great sense of place. but moves slowly.
    The book was well written and the mystery was complex with a few interesting twists and turns, but the slow pace made it tough to keep my attention focused. Interesting characters and plenty of detail about sights, sounds and smells of the era evoke a great sense of place. Wondering what an excubitor is? These thoughtful authors provide a helpful and educational glossary in the back - An excubitor is a palace guard.
  • Kim (Portland OR)


    Great historical mystery
    While not a great work of literature, Seven for a Secret is very well written, particularly for the genre. It provides everything a good mystery novel should – suspenseful plotting, nice twists, interesting characters. It kept me entertained & guessing until the end. Although at some point I was pretty sure I knew what was going on, there were still a couple of surprises at the end. It wasn’t perfect – it depended a bit too much on coincidence. The protagonist’s detective work, however, would have made Sherlock Holmes proud. It was overall a well-constructed mystery, and everything wrapped up nicely in a very satisfying way. Although the seventh book in the series, it stood on its own just fine. I enjoyed it enough that I’m planning to read more books in the series.
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