Black History Month | Write It! Day 9 | A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly

With 'A Free Man of Color' Barbara Hambly brought historical New Orleans to life with her amazing Benjamin January series. It would make for an entertaining historical mystery television series.



Official Summary: 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. 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.

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