Benjamin January made his debut in bestselling author Barbara Hambly's A Free Man of Color, a haunting mélange of history and mystery. Now he returns in another novel of greed, madness, and murder amid the dark shadows and dazzling society of old New Orleans, named a Notable Book of the Year by... show more
Benjamin January made his debut in bestselling author Barbara Hambly's A Free Man of Color, a haunting mélange of history and mystery. Now he returns in another novel of greed, madness, and murder amid the dark shadows and dazzling society of old New Orleans, named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times.The summer of 1833 has been one of brazen heat and brutal pestilence, as the city is stalked by Bronze John—the popular name for the deadly yellow fever epidemic that tests the healing skills of doctor and voodoo alike. Even as Benjamin January tends the dying at Charity Hospital during the steaming nights, he continues his work as a music teacher during the day.When he is asked to pass a message from a runaway slave to the servant of one of his students, January finds himself swept into a tempest of lies, greed, and murder that rivals the storms battering New Orleans. And to find the truth he must risk his freedom...and his very life.
Format: mass market paperback
Publish date: May 1999
Pages no: 395
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, African American
, 19th Century
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
Series: Benjamin January (#2)
I am re-reading this series this summer. Fever Season is the second volume of the January Mysteries. In New Orleans, many people have fled the city because of the epidemic. January hasn’t, though he might wish he had. Hambly’s series succeeds because she mixes history in with...
The ending was a bit abrupt and left you hanging
Woweee. What a novel! Set in New Orleans in 1834, this is a complex historical thriller that is written in a tightly plotted, descriptive, way as only Barbara Hambly can dish up. We get to meet Rose Vitric for the first time, and the underlaying story shook me up to no end. It's a devilishly clever ...
In many ways, the mystery is secondary to the relationship between January and his mother. Couched in the unusual story of a men who does not fit, is a look at familial relationships and the destruction and harm it can bring to a family.