This is a great series, with strong and fascinating characters. It takes place during a period of Southern history that not many authors write about. If you love New Orleans, you'll enjoy this book.
Another fascinating look into the very different world of historical New Orleans. I think Hambly is very good at evoking a different time and place. Describing the effects of the epidemic made me glad I have never had to be in that sort of situation. One thing I enjoyed in this book was more information about Benjamin's full sister and how her life differs from his half-sister's.
Second book in the Benjamin January series.
Light years before Benjamin Sisko, there was Benjamin January. One of those quintessentially cool N'awlins-bred gentlemen. If you're a fan of Barbara Hambly's fantasy novels, you'll find this mystery series set in 1830s Louisiana a huge departure -- but please try it anyway. All the books in the series are great. Hambly creates a compelling character in a haunting period of history. This is a special kind of historical fiction: literate, lyrical and highly accessible even if you're not a history buff.
The Benjamin January series features an African American hero who was born in still-French Louisiana at the turn of the 19th century. His mother is the mistress of a plantation owner and his sister is following that path as well. Benjamin went to Paris to train as a doctor and returns to New Orleans only after the death of his beloved wife. This installment has him trying to solve a baffling murder while yellow fever is killing rich and poor all around him.
Great story and really gives you a flavor of old New Orleans.
Interesting account of life in pre-Civil War New Orleans. Characters and story well developed. I highly recommend this book
Book #2 is just as good as the first one!
Summer, 1833, in the heat and horror of the cholera epidemic - a young doctor is swept up into investigating claims against a young plantation waif... investigations that will sweep into a labryinth of opulent town houses, grim cemeteries, raucous taverns, flagrant lies and injustice, and the terror of voodoo...
excellent book about New Orleans during its early years and a young black doctor as he fights a sickness that is running rampant.
Love the whole series. Brings New Orleans alive