Cold Bayou
by Barbara Hambly

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…


Another solid entry in this popular series.


Hambly’s writing is intricate and detailed ... With an atmosphere as heavy as the bayous themselves, this is a mystery with an imaginative twist

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Barbara Hambly

Barbara Hambly, though a native of Southern California, lived in New Orleans for many years while married to the late science fiction writer George Alec Effinger. Hambly holds a degree in medieval history from the University of California and has written novels in numerous genres.

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Cold Bayou by Barbara Hambly is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278879861st September 2018145 X 225mm256$28.99
Hardback978072788798631st May 2018145 X 225mm256£20.99
Ebook97817801098001st September 2018N/A256$16.99
Ebook97817801098001st September 2018N/A256£7.99
Paperback97818475192451st August 2019140 X 215mm256$17.95
Paperback978184751924531st May 2019140 X 215mm256£13.99
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