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Death and Hard Cider


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NYT-bestselling author Barbara Hambly is back, with the new installment in her critically acclaimed historical mystery series featuring talented amateur sleuth and free man of color, Benjamin January.

About the Author

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.


This masterly portrayal of smoldering racial tensions deserves a wide readership
*Publishers Weekly Starred Review*

The historical backdrop is vivid, and the writing is exquisite. One of the best in a not-to-be-missed series
*Booklist Starred Review*

One of Hambly's best mysteries combines historical detail, intense local color, and ugly truths about slavery and politics
*Kirkus Reviews*

Outstanding . . . Hambly's masterful historical detail, scrupulous character portrayal, and psychological analysis of human frailties contribute handsomely to her storytelling
*Publishers Weekly Starred Review of House of the Patriarch*

Hambly lays bare the dark underbelly of American society in the mid-nineteenth century. A fine entry in an impressive series
*Booklist on House of the Patriarch*

A fascinating, sadly timely tale of the hero's struggles with his rage over the treatment of Black people
*Kirkus Reviews on House of the Patriarch*

A stark and occasionally brutal story, and Hambly tells it superbly, in prose that is vivid and empathetic. For fans of this fine series, this is a must-read
*Booklist Starred Review of Lady of Perdition*

A riveting exploration of a little-known period of Texas history intensified by gut-wrenching depictions of people's enduring inhumanity
*Kirkus Reviews on Lady of Perdition*

Deeply researched . . . Hambly's well-wrought denunciation of slavery and her skillful defense of women's rights resound from January's times to our own
*Publishers Weekly on Lady of Perdition*

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