"John the Eunuch is one of the most entertaining of the historical mystery series being written today."
Read the whole review at BooksForABuck.com.
"The authors never seem content simply to present a dilemma
and then give us a resolution. They weave and interweave
their plot, sub-plots and counter-plots. They ensure that
we are subtly, yet consistently immersed in the times.
Occasionally humorous, sometimes metaphysical but never
boring, the Reed/Mayer books are a must read for those
interested in historical mysteries and particularly with the
history of this era."
From Historical Novels Review, published by the Historical Novel Society.
"Reed and Mayer have created a fascinating series that gives us insight
into both a time period and a lifestyle that most of us know nothing
about. John is a witty detective who has the ability to move seamlessly
between the levels of society that rule the lives of all in this time and,
lacking all of the modern aides to detection that we take for granted, has
to use all the deductive talents he can muster to find a killer against
almost impossible odds. This series is a delight for anyone who enjoys
both history and a hero who has to use only his own skills to solve the
Owner of the Booksnthyme Bookstore and reviewer for The Amplifer (Kentucky) and the Murder and Mayhem list.
"If you can find all the books in the series, do so. If not,
don't wait. Start with FIVE FOR SILVER -- you can always go back and read
four. And you will want to."
Read the whole review at Reviewing the Evidence.
"The authors do a wonderful job of drawing the reader into a setting that
is both alien and yet chillingly too possible for modern times and the threat
of bio-terrorism. "
From Heartland Reviews.
"...a delight for fans of historical mysteries. Written with bone-dry wit and unexpected humor, "Five for Silver" is sure-fire entertainment."
Read the whole review in The Oakland Press .
"The historical-mystery series that stand the test of time are those that put story first and research second. This is one of those series."
-- David Pitt, in Booklist.
Read the whole review at Amazon.com .
A ..."sterling historical page-turner." STARRED REVIEW
Read the whole review .
"Five For Silver transmutes through authorial alchemy to gold. Another
rattling good read. "
"Every historical that Mary Reed and Eric Mayer write is better than the one before as impossible as that sounds."
Read the whole review at Harriet Klausner's Review Archive .
"The secretive and melancholy John remains as tantalizingly elusive as ever, while his friends and colleagues bring humor and color to this plague-infested and tangled tale.... An enjoyable, hard to guess and historically evocative treat."
--Rachel A. Hyde
Read the whole review at MyShelf.Com