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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AliceAnna - LibraryThing
Story was a little draggy and not really my cup of tea, but it was a good plot, good main character and interesting look at the 1830's in New Orleans and the ridiculous caste system in place which depended on how much white blood a person had. Read full review
Review: A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January #1)User Review - Rachel Brown - Goodreads
Barbara Hambly has written some of my very favorite fantasy novels. She's also famous for the Benjamin January series, about a free black man who solves mysteries in 1830s New Orleans. I never got ... Read full review