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Ran Away (A Benjamin January Mystery) Hardcover – December 1, 2011
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"Ran Away" takes us back to the life Benjamin shared with his first love in Paris before the cholera came. We not only get to know the feisty Ayasha but are introduced to several new characters that play important roles in the adventure leading up to Benjamin's present mission. Benjamin can't believe that the Turk, who once made a great personal sacrifice on Ayasha's behalf, is behind the murder of two of his own concubines. However, it seems the whole of New Orleans is all too convinced of the infidel's rapacious nature and guilt. Benjamin must fight past prejudice and preconceived notions to uncover a plot that stretches all the way back to his younger days in Paris. He also struggles to come to terms with the pain that the loss of Ayasha still causes him, despite his dedication to his wife Rose and new baby John.
Barbara Hambly brings us some intriguing new personalities that conceal surprising depths and secrets, as well as favorites like Shaw, Hannibal, Rose and Dominique in this welcome addition to the Benjamin January series. Reading this book is like an enjoyable evening spent with friends both old and new.
I love this series, and at this point have read almost ll of them currently written. Hambly has clearly done her research, and they bring a very different time and place into life. Benjamin January is not a "modern" man stuck in an archaic past; he's the result of his environment, which is clearly seen as we follow him about his life.
I especially liked that in this volume, we got to see some of his past, when he was living in Paris and married to his beloved Ayasha, whose death of cholera was the only thing that made him move back to the New Orleans he had sworn to leave behind forever. That's the first third of the book: an older mystery in Paris... which relates to a current one in New Orleans, which January is really the only person able to resolve it, though at risk to himself.
It's a vivid depiction of an era that seems distant to me, although it's easy to see the results ongoing. Also, Hambly writes fascinating characters, all of whom are coherent- whether we like them or not. They bring the past to life.
Highly recommended, though perhaps not the place to start with the series; there's a lot of relationships that one would overlook if one started here. Still, I think it would make sense.
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Consistently outstanding series; as always, the author shows how extensive research makes for fascinating reading. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Judith S. Pyle
Many years ago, I picked up "A Free Man of Color", the first in the series, planning on reading for half an hour. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jean Martin
If you enjoy well-written historical fiction and compelling characters, Barbara Hambly's series about the freedman Benjamin January is a definite read. Read morePublished 10 months ago by bookgal
I've been a fan of Benjamin January since the first novel, Free Man of Color. Hambly's research never fails to impress and her examination of the sins and virtues of the time and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
I would read this series over and over. Barbara Hambly has an excellent handle on the time frame, She shows just enough romance, emotion, and intrique to keep me interested to the... Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by Barb Stock
The only thing better than a good historical mystery is a good historical mystery series. I have never been disappointed in a book in this series. Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The whole Benjamin January series is amazing. Her graphic portrait of New Orleans and the culture surrounding the various ethnic classes is vivid and interesting. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Archibabe
Hambly cannot go wrong....this one was devious and delightful. I will enjoy re-reading it. Am on book 4 and reading my way through series again.Published on October 8, 2013 by Karen Garnich