Benjamin January by Barbara Hambly
Benjamin January is the protagonist in a series of historical mystery novels by American author Barbara Hambly. Benjamin January is a mixed race man who has freed from slavery when he was a child by his mother’s love. He lived in France for a time, where he trained as a surgeon, but can’t get much work in the field due to his skin-colour. Now he lives in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he works as a piano player. The series is set in the early part of the 19th century, prior to the Civil War.

Barbara Hambly began her Benjamin January series in 1997 with the novel A Free Man of Color. The series is currently ongoing. Below is a list of Barbara Hambly’s Benjamin January books in order of when they were originally released (which is the same as their chronological order):

Publication Order of Benjamin January Books


A Free Man of Color(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fever Season(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Graveyard Dust(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sold Down the River(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Die Upon a Kiss(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wet Grave(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Days of the Dead(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead Water(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dead and Buried(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shirt on His Back(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ran Away(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Good Man Friday(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crimson Angel(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hagar(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Libre(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
There Shall Your Heart Be Also(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Moon(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Drinking Gourd(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Benjamin January Synopsis: In A Free Man of Color by Barbara Hambly (book 1 of the series), Ben January is a Creole physician and music teacher. He is playing piano at Salle d’Orleans during Mardi Gras when the night is interrupted by murder. Angelique Crozat has been strangled to death. Authorities are not interested in investigating the octoroon’s death, so Ben decides to do his own investigation. But it won’t be long before there are those who suspect Ben – a free man of colour – of the murder.

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