The Sheen on the Silk by Anne Perry

As you can tell from my previous posts, I’m a big fan of the strong female protagonist.  In The Sheen on the Silk, Anne Perry doesn’t let me down. 

Set in Byzantium in 1273, The Sheen on the Silk tells the story of Anna Zarides, a young widow and doctor, who masquerades as a eunuch to infiltrate the upper echelons of society and prove her twin brother innocent of murder.  The book, however, is so much more than just a who-done-it.  It delves into the definition of gender and what it means to be male and female by examining the role of the eunuch in Byzantine society.  Through the conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Church, it examines the role of organized religion in a person’s relationship with God.   The book is filled with politics, intrigue, and everything a good thriller needs.  Action packed and well written, I bet it would be an amazing read.  However, I listened to it.  And listening to it was like listening to someone read poetry.  I had quite a number of driveway moments where I didn’t want to leave the car until the chapter was over.   Although my usual fare is far from historical mystery, I can’t recommend this book enough.

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