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"The mystery is serious but the characters are highly amusing. Overall, I read the book with a sense of gentle hilarity throughout." -- Joyce Crane
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"The plot is delightfully complex and multi-facetted. The authors present a very credible picture of life in this time and setting. There are, as always, many fascinating characters and complex interactions among them with various driving forces coloring these interactions. We rated this mystery five hearts." -- Bob Spear.
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"Political maneuvering, religious fervor, superstition, extortion, deception, compulsive gambling, and betrayal are widespread in all of human history. The extensive research done by Reed and Mayer into the time and place for their story pays off in spades. Although separated by more than a millennium from the characters in the story, present day headlines and scandals seem close at hand..". --Woodstock for Crimespree.

"Another terrific installment in the John the Eunuch series...John is a likeable hero and the supporting characters are quirky and wonderful."-- Andrea Maloney, Dorothy L.
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"...another strong entry in this fascinating series. Lighter than most, it still has all the intriguing and exotic local and historical detail as the previous five novels. ... the pace is quick, the writing graceful, whetting the reader's appetite for more of John's adventures."--Mark Terry,The Oakland Press (1.8.2006)-
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"Straightforward writing, not getting in the way of the story because it's self-consciously literary or clunky ... the writers clearly do their research and bring their time to life, but don't rub your nose in it. Their people *live* it, they don't lecture it."-- Kim Malo, assistant moderator on the Crime Through Time discussion list and webmistress for the affiliated website.

"...plenty of local color, painlessly delivered historical details, well-drawn characters ...another fine read." -- Shirley H. Wetzel.

"... filled with comic touches...Fans of historical mystery will definitely want to grab this latest in the John the Eunuch series."--Rob Preece,
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"The John the Eunuch mysteries are always a joy and this one is no exception. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. "- William J. H. Reed, I Love A Mystery Newsletter.
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"John the Eunuch is an original and captivating detective who will become one of your favorite characters."--Nancy Mehl,
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"...brings to life an era of Egypt that is rarely written about...full of history and that dash of humour that resonates throughout the whole series..." -- Ayo Onatade,
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"...a plot with more turns than a rambling brook. Suspense reigns and excitement runs alongside." -- Mary Ann Smyth.
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"John remains enigmatic and melancholy as ever... He is certainly one of the most tantalising and readable sleuths around, and he provides grounding to some of the more giddy characters and flights of plotting fancy that makes the story all balance out so nicely....Another pleasing, well plotted and historically evocative delight. "-- Rachel A. Hyde, MyShelf.Com.
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"...Six For Gold, is as aureate as its title...The dungeon encounter between John and the malevolent empress is one of the most genuinely blood-curdling chapters I have read in years. As always, there are many rib-ticking jokes ... and the mastery of Byzantine 'Realia' is as impressive as ever." -- Barry Baldwin, Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Calgary,
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"...[a] gripping foray into classical antiquity..." Lynne Maxwell, Mystery Lovers Bookshop News
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"...the series shows no signs of slowing down. As usual the authors write precisely and gracefully, maintaining a perfect balance between historical atmosphere and old-fashioned mystery. The setting, sixth-century Byzantium, is still fresh, still full of wonders and weirdness. And, like Lindsey Davis' Falco series, there's an agreeable mixture of drama and comedy. Fans of the series will be overjoyed." --David Pitt, Booklist (10/01/05)

"A busy historical mystery with an engagingly wry tone. Many detours, but getting there is most of the fun."--Kirkus Reviews (10/01/05)

"... captivating sixth John the Eunuch novel... Filled with quirky characters...this fresh entry with its intriguing details of Egyptian culture reveals further depths to the most clever John and his family members." --Publishers Weekly (9/16/05)

"...a fabulous historical mystery that showcases an era when Christianity and paganism battle for supremacy. The vivid story line brings to life an area of Egypt rarely if ever used in novels so that the audience obtains an even greater taste of the true first "world war" fought over religious principles. John is a terrific protagonist struggling to solve the case of the suicidal sheep even as he ponders what will happen to him and his family once he returns home...Mary Reed & Eric Mayer once again make the John the Eunuch mysteries one of the best historical tales on the market today." -- Harriet Klausner
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