Murder in July
by Barbara Hambly

Benjamin January investigates the murder of a mysterious Englishman in this absorbing New Orleans-set mystery.

When British spymaster Sir John Oldmixton offers Benjamin January a hundred dollars to find the murderer of an Englishman whose body has been found floating in the New Basin Canal, Benjamin turns him down immediately. As a free man of colour in New Orleans in the sweltering July of 1839, he knows this is not something he should get mixed up in.

But when clues to the dead man’s identity link the death to another murder, in another July in January’s past, he is reluctantly drawn into the investigation. Nine years ago in Paris he failed to catch a killer – with tragic consequences. Now in New Orleans he must unravel the earlier murder, the one that took place during the great revolt against the Bourbon kings, to solve the second killing. At stake is not merely a hundred dollars, but hidden treasure, the fate of an innocent woman – and the lives of January’s wife, son and unborn child.

Reviews

Hambly's most complex mystery to date, filled with horrifying historical detail about the lives of subjugated people, ends with a shocking denouement

Kirkus Reviews

This well-researched mystery offers readers an appealing cast of characters, a suitably complex plot, and some eye-opening historical details

Publishers Weekly

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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Editions

Murder in July by Barbara Hambly is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278874051st December 2017145 X 220mm256$28.99
Hardback978072788740531st August 2017145 X 220mm256£20.99
Ebook97817801091521st December 2017N/A256$9.99
Ebook97817801091521st December 2017N/A256£7.99
Hardback - Large Print97807278937581st October 2018142 X 222mm368$36.95
Hardback - Large Print978072789375829th June 2018142 X 222mm368£22.99
Paperback97818475185521st January 2019140 X 215mm256$17.95
Paperback978184751855231st October 2018140 X 215mm256£12.99
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