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Title:
Cold bayou
Author:
Hambly, Barbara, author.
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Edition:
First world edition.
Publication Information:
London : Severn House, 2018.

©2018
Physical Description:
250 pages ; 23 cm.
Summary:
"New Orleans, 1839. Despite his misgivings, Benjamin January has agreed to play the piano at the wedding of wealthy French Creole landowner Veryl St-Chinian. All is not well, for the marriage of 67-year-old, profoundly infatuated Uncle Veryl to an 18-year-old Irish tavern-slut spells potential disaster for everyone in the inter-married Viellard and St-Chinian clans. But the old man is determined to marry Miss Ellie Trask, and nothing will stand in his way. On the isolated plantation of Cold Bayou where the ceremony is to take place, tension is rife even before the body is discovered in the woods behind the dower house, its throat cut. A yet more disturbing turn of events sees January himself accused of the crime."--Provided by publisher.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780727887986
Format :
Book

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Everyone at the family wedding was hoping someone would murder the bride ... The intriguing new Benjamin January mystery.

"Don't go to Cold Bayou, brother ... Nuthin' good waiting for you there."

New Orleans, 1839. Despite his misgivings, Benjamin January has agreed to play the piano at the wedding of wealthy French Creole landowner Veryl St-Chinian. All is not well, for the marriage of 67-year-old, profoundly infatuated Uncle Veryl to an 18-year-old Irish tavern-slut spells potential disaster for everyone in the inter-married Viellard and St-Chinian clans. But the old man is determined to marry Miss Ellie Trask, and nothing will stand in his way.

On the isolated plantation of Cold Bayou where the ceremony is to take place, tension is rife even before the body is discovered in the woods behind the dower house, its throat cut. A yet more disturbing turn of events sees January himself accused of the crime...


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The latest Benjamin January historical mystery, set in 1839, finds the former slave, who trained as a surgeon but makes his living playing and teaching piano in New Orleans when he's not solving crimes invited to play at a wedding. He's reluctant but takes the job. Soon, a body turns up on the Cold Bayou plantation, and January is accused of murder. Hambly's blending of actual history and fictional characters and events is as seamless as always; she layers on enough period flavor to make the story feel real but never slows the narrative with extraneous details. Another solid entry in this popular series.--David Pitt Copyright 2018 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Hambly's solid 16th Benjamin January mystery (after 2017's Murder in July) takes the freed slave and surgeon, in the summer of 1839, from New Orleans to Cold Bayou plantation, where he's agreed to play the piano at the wedding of 67-year-old Veryl St.-Chinian, despite some ominous dreams he has experienced-and warnings from his voodoo savvy sister, Olympia, who tells him, "I see blood, brother." Most of the guests disapprove of 18-year-old Ellie Trask, St.-Chinian's illiterate fiancée with a scandalous past. After someone vandalizes the wedding dress and the minister goes missing, a worse tragedy further threatens the wedding-the slashing murder of Ellie's shrewd maid, Valla. January investigates, suffering such travails as a foot injury, a violent flood, and a threat on his life in the process. Readers will learn a lot about the unique culture of antebellum Louisiana, such as clothing fashions, but some will be frustrated by descriptive passages that too often slow the narrative's momentum. Agent: Frances Collin, Frances Collin Literary. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.