A Free Man of Color (Google eBook)
A lush and haunting novel of a city steeped in decadent pleasures...and of a man, proud and defiant, caught in a web of murder and betrayal.
It is 1833. In the midst of Mardi Gras, Benjamin January, a Creole physician and music teacher, is playing piano at the Salle d'Orleans when the evenings festivities are interrupted--by murder.
Ravishing Angelique Crozat, a notorious octoroon who travels in the city's finest company, has been strangled to death. With the authorities reluctant to become involved, Ben begins his own inquiry, which will take him through the seamy haunts of riverboatmen and into the huts of voodoo-worshipping slaves.
But soon the eyes of suspicion turn toward Ben—for, black as the slave who fathered him, this free man of color is still the perfect scapegoat....
From the Paperback edition.
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Review: A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January #1)User Review - S. Lynham - Goodreads
Prior to reading this book, I knew nothing of "free people of colour" in the Southern USA and in particular New Orleans, where many a white slave owner had a coloured mistress set up in her own home ... Read full review
Review: A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January #1)User Review - Karen - Goodreads
I first discovered Barbara Hambly in the fantasy section and really enjoy her writing. This is the first in a murder mystery series by Barbara Hambly. The story is about Benjamin January, a free man ... Read full review