Good Man Friday

Good Man Friday

Good Man Friday New Orleans When Benjamin January suddenly finds that his services playing piano at extravagant balls held by the city s wealthy are no longer required he ends up agreeing to accompany sugar pl

  • Title: Good Man Friday
  • Author: Barbara Hambly
  • ISBN: 9781780103938
  • Page: 336
  • Format: ebook
  • New Orleans, 1838 When Benjamin January suddenly finds that his services playing piano at extravagant balls held by the city s wealthy are no longer required, he ends up agreeing to accompany sugar planter Henri Viellard and his young wife, Chloe, on a mission to Washington to find a missing friend Plunged into a murky world, it soon becomes clear that while it is very pNew Orleans, 1838 When Benjamin January suddenly finds that his services playing piano at extravagant balls held by the city s wealthy are no longer required, he ends up agreeing to accompany sugar planter Henri Viellard and his young wife, Chloe, on a mission to Washington to find a missing friend Plunged into a murky world, it soon becomes clear that while it is very possible the Viellards friend is dead, his enemies are very much alive and ready to kill anyone who gets in their way.

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    3.5 stars. In which Hambly is determined to show that in the year 1838, Washington D.C. is even more dangerous than New Orleans for a free man of color. Our hero Benjamin January is not only subject to repressive statutes and humiliating social restrictions, but he must also dodge a sinister gang of kidnappers who are snatching people to sell into slavery. The focus of this series is the struggle of an educated free black man to make a good life for himself in this time and place, and Hambly doe [...]

    My thoughts:• What I enjoyed most about this book and kept me interested was the description of what life was like for an enslaved and freed black person in 1836 Washington D.C. and pervasive slave trading and slave stealing occurred that the white residents did not even wince or seem to be bothered by the cruelty that happened on their doorsteps. • I have read most of the books in the series and have always enjoyed how the author seamlessly intertwines the historical landscape with a myster [...]

    For some reason, I just couldn't get into this one. I got lost in the names, places, and couldn't seem to focus on the mystery. The characters didn't draw me in as they usually do.Maybe it's just not the right book at the right time for me, since I usually do love this author. I should try again later.

    There are a good many reasons why I loved this entry in the Benjamin January series. You're about to find out about some of them. Benjamin is asked to come along with Henri and Chloe Viellard on a trip to Washington, DC because Henri wants to bring his mistress, Dominique -- a free woman of color who is Benjamin's sister. Chloe has long been accepting of the relationship and she needs Henri to come along on the trip because her pen friend has disappeared, and she needs to find him. Women did n [...]

    Washington DC circa 1838. I always eagerly anticipate the next Benjamin January novel. He is absolutely one of my favourite historical sleuths and Ms. Hambly does such a wonderful job with her period and setting in these books. In this book Ben January goes to Washington DC with a well-to-do New Orleans white couple. He is accompanied by his younger sister Dominique and her entourage. They are on the trail of an elderly Englishman who has been missing since the previous fall. Ben finds a strange [...]

    I kept meaning to write a longer review for this, but it's a week later and I haven't done it yet. Which is probably a good sign that I won't. Suffice it to say that, as a long time fan of Hambly and the Benjamin January series, I enjoyed this book a hell of a lot. As much as I really love the New Orleans milieu for the majority of the series, I am enjoying it just as much to see him travel this case to Washington (City now D.C.). I really love the historical facts with which she infuses her fic [...]

    Well done Barbara Hamley! Well done!I would venture to say that this is her best Benjamin January yet. Benjamin is employed by Henri Viellard and his wife, Chloe, to travel to Washington City. to assist them in searching for a Mr. Singletary, an English gentleman who is missing. It is determined that they will be gone for three months, so Henri insists on taking Dominique, his mistress, and their daughter, Charmian.The adventure and intrigue that awaits Benjamin's entourage in Washington City is [...]

    This is the latest volume in Hambly's Free Man of Color mystery series. It is 1838 and the country is in the midst of a Depression & Benjamin January is worried about money since he has angered one of the richest men in New Orleans & seen all his piano playing jobs during Mardi Gras season disappear as a result. To help save his financial situation he isa offered a job helping his sister's "protector" finds a missing Englishman in Washington, DC.As usual, Hambly has impeccably researched [...]

    I found Barbara Hambly though her fantasy novels, but I also like mysteries and her Benjamin January series is one of my favorites. Good Man Friday takes us to pre-Civil War Washington DC, where Republican abolitionists square off against the southern Democrats—which makes it even more dangerous to be a free man of color than it is in New Orleans! It also deals a lot with some of the most interesting secondary characters in the series, Ben’s sister Dominique, her long-time lover Henri, and H [...]

    This time the action moves from New Orleans to Washington DC, as Benjamin with his sister Minou and the Viellards hunt for a missing man. But there are slave stealers, politicians and baseball to muddle up the story. Lots of good characters, plenty of twisty plot to chew on, and a very vivid depiction of America in the 1830's. Four stars overall, and very much recommended.For the longer review, please go here:epinions/review/Barbar

    When people talk about the "good old days", they certainly aren't referring to life for blacks in the early 1800s. Whew, what a precarious life, even for free, educated blacks. This book was also an excellent mystery that was hard to put down. It was part of Hambly's Benjamin January series.

    This is a mystery set in pre-war Washington DC. The detective, the son of a white man and his African American mistress, is a European-trained surgeon and musician and a free man, and he belongs to that special class known in and around New Orleans known to be both educated and sophisticated but still limited by their heritage.He struggles, at times, to keep his household living well, so acquiesces to the request of a white man to track down a friend who went to DC and, quite simply, disappeared [...]

    This is one of the most appealing long running historical series currently being written. Benjamin January is a one man course in the devastating effects of racial prejudice in the early 19th century. Here he goes to Washington, D.C and finds that the brutal anti-black discrimination he has experienced in London, Paris and New Orleans is alive and well in our nation's capital in 1838, especially in the midst of a serious recession. Barbara Hambly places the reader in the heart of the fascination [...]

    I love Barbara Hambly's writing, and this twelfth entry in her Benjamin January series is both a solid addition to those mysteries and an able stand-alone, suitable for someone new to the books. In this novel, January -- a free man of color in the pre-Civil War United States -- travels to Washington, D.C. to help track down a missing and vulnerable man. D.C. politics, the infant form of baseball, the slave trade, and Edgar Allan Poe all have a role to plan in the story. The mystery is satisfying [...]

    The action (and a significant household of friends and relations) moves to Washington D.C. in search of a missing man who most of the characters only know through correspondence. Life was awfully complicated in slavery times and not just for slaves.

    While I enjoyed the book, I saw the solution coming well before the end. I found some parts interesting and others less interesting. I did enjoy the main character so I may try another in the series.

    I felt the absence of Rose, Hannibal and Shaw in this roadtrip story, but it was good to spend time with Ben and to see more of Chloe, Henri and Dominique. The mystery was gripping and tense. Good stuff.

    I love the character Benjamin January, but I think he's running out of things to do. Most of the novels follow some form of the theme "January isn't making enough money as a musician but a convenient case falls into his lap just in time to keep him from starving." Cue commentary on slavery and social mores of 1830s New Orleans society.This book somehow manages the New Orleans stuff even though most of the action takes place in Washington DC, but considering he still has to dodge people bent on k [...]

    Dark and difficult timesI simply can't imagine living in our country in the days of slavery. No one other than white men stood a chance of moving up in life. Our government still struggled terribly with lack of finances and the archaic attitudes of racism. I would have lost all faith in the country and our future. It still amazes me each time I read a Benjamin January novel, that Ben is able to hold in his anger and carry of the persona of humble servant. His faith has to be part if his strength [...]

    I was horrified to discover that this book was released in the UK at the end of January, and I didn't even realize! I ordered it and had it speedily shipped as soon as I found out it was out. Hambly's Benjamin January series is on my auto-buy hardcover list, and to be honest I can't think of any others that fit the description. (To be fair, the U.S. ebook release date trailing the UK print edition date is a factor.)This is the twelfth entry, and it takes our hero, a black man in the 1830s who's [...]

    Another change of setting (I think the third in a row) as Benjamin travels to Washington, DC. We get a look at the 1837-era politics, attitudes toward slavery, and the town's passion for baseball as Benjamin investigates the disappearance of a mathematician. I was especially charmed by the appearance of Edgar Allan Poe in the story. Deft characterization, unflinching historical accuracy and strong plotting made this a swift read.

    I really enjoyed this latest in the series about Benjamin January, free black man, surgeon and musician in New Orleans of the early 19th century.In this book, January is persuaded to travel with his sister, her lover and his wife to Washington D.C. in search of a missing mathematical genius. While the society in New Orleans is not exactly easy for those of color at this time in history, at least there is an understood acceptance of roles between black and white. As the friends travel north to th [...]

    Look, there is a lot of very ordinary historical crime fiction out there, and Barbara Hambly writes none of it. Her Benjamin January series has the standard ups and downs, but on the whole she gets the combinations of exploring historical detail AND *implications* of that detail (racial, ecomonic and gender justice are enduring themes), drawing likeable and complex characters, and building a world that you are both horrified by and want to fall in to, just right. I found the plotting really enga [...]

    One of the main themes that runs through many of the Benjamin January series is the struggle to keep the family fed and supply not only the basic necessities, but also to grace the loved ones with those items which are nice to have. This series has allowed January to grow from a struggling musician living in his mother’s home to a family man with a house of his own. He still has to work, but he has something that he can look at and say “that is mine”. Many series don’t allow that growth [...]

    I've read all the Benjamin January books and am still reading them with great delight. I don't know how she does it, but somehow the author manages to keep the quality in this series high. Her hero is strong, intelligent and very, very good at his sleuthing, but he's no Superman. He's a man with troubles lie the rest of us - and more. Imagine what it would be like to live in a place where your skin colour alone makes you a target and takes away many of your rights, where you can be killed or kid [...]

    This is part of the Benjamin January mystery series. The premise is ingenious. Benjamin January or Janvier is a free man of color in New Orleans circa 1830. He is also a trained surgeon and an expert pianist. The influence of the Americans is being felt on New Orleans, but it is really a French town. The tradition of wealthy, married white men keeping free women of color openly as mistresses is in full effect. In each book, the author explores a certain aspect of culture and society - the opera [...]

    A strong entry in this excellent long-running series. 1838 finds Benjamin January, free man of color, surgeon, and musician, struggling to support his family as the economy turns bad and he comes into conflict with a local plantation owner over the treatment of a slave. He agreed to accompany his half-sister Dominique, her protector, Henri Veillard, their daughter, and Veillard's wife Chloe to Washington to look for a British family friend of Chloe who has disappeared. Hambly gives us a Washingt [...]

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