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Murder in Megara By Mary Reed & Eric Mayer: Review/Giveaway

IN THE January 2 ISSUE

FROM THE 2016 Articles,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andSunny Frazier

by Sunny Frazier

Details at the end of this post on how to win a copy of Murder in Megara, and a link to purchase it where a portion goes to help support KRL.

The year is 548. Under Emperor Justinian, the Roman capitol is now in the Byzantine city of Constantinople.
Due to politics and the hatred for him by Empress Theodora, the emperor’s Lord Chamberlain, John, is exiled to Greece. John’s family once owned a farm near the town of Megara and now he’s bought an estate in the region. But, when he and his wife Cornelia arrive they find much has changed in the intervening years. The townfolk consider him an outsider now. They also look down on him for being a eunuch, although that was one condition for serving the emperor. One thing that hasn’t changed is John’s hatred for his stepfather.

At his new, rustic estate, John discovers it has been run by a corrupt overseer. The man has kept slaves chained up, neglected repairs and embezzled. Because the former owner was an absentee landlord, the overseer has gotten away with his actions for years and has no intent to change. When John dismisses him and orders him to leave the area, the man is out for revenge.book

When John’s father is found dead at an shrine to the ancient gods, John is the obvious suspect. The crime is also the town’s convenient way to get rid of John. Megara’s City Defender accuses John not only of murder but also blasphemy. John has been showing an interest in temples of ancient gods at a time when Christianity is trying to stamp out beliefs of false idols.

This is the 11th book in the series, but there is enough background information to piece together John’s previous story. Because of his discord with his stepfather when he was young, John was sent to Plato’s Academy to study. He ran away and became a mercenary. At some point, he was enslaved. Years later, he has worked his way up to Lord Chamberlain for Emperor Justinian and incurred the wrath of Theodora. This newest novel in the series starts a new chapter in his life.

I enjoyed this book, especially since I love historical fiction. It is well written, historically interesting, and makes a reader want to go back and read the series from the beginning

It may come as a surprise to some readers to discover that Constantinople, now Istanbul, was once the capitol of Rome. Founded by Constantin in 326 A.D., the city became the capitol of the Eastern Roman Empire. At the fall of Rome in 410 A.D., Constantinople assumed full status as the seat of Rome. It was able to sustain Roman civilization to some extent due to its geographical location (Northern Turkey) and therefore bypassed by the hoards of invaders to Italy.

To enter to win a copy of Murder in Megara, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “megara,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen January 9, 2016. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.

Check out other mystery articles, reviews, book giveaways & short stories in our mystery section.

Click on this link to purchase this book & a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore:

Sunny Frazier worked with an undercover narcotics team in Fresno County for 17 years before turning her energies to writing the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries. Based in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the novels are inspired by real cases and 35 years of casting horoscopes.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa BrownNo Gravatar January 2, 2016 at 12:37am

Really like the era of this one, would make for interesting reading. Thanks for the chance to win :)
jslbrown2009 at aol dot com


2 Mary MarcincinNo Gravatar January 2, 2016 at 10:41am

Thank you for the chance to win.


3 Dianne CaseyNo Gravatar January 2, 2016 at 4:02pm

Sounds like a fascinating read. I would enjoy reading.
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4 Valerie HoynackiNo Gravatar January 3, 2016 at 7:58am

WOW!! 548 —- some things haven’t changed much in the world of mayhem and murder. Would be very interesting to read.


5 KarenMNo Gravatar January 5, 2016 at 11:11am

I love this series. Looking forward to reading this entry.


6 LorieNo Gravatar
Twitter: @mysteryrat
January 19, 2016 at 11:07am

We have a winner!


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