Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly

Graveyard Dust
(Benjamin January #3)
by Barbara Hambly

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African drums in darkness sullen as tar.

Rossini’s “Di tanti palpit” unspooling like golden ribbon from the ballroom’s open windows.

Church bells and thunder.

Benjamin January flexed his aching sholders and thought, Rain coming. Leaning on the corner of Colonel Pritchard’s ostentatious house, he could smell the sharp scent in the hot weight of the night, hear the shift in the feverish tempo of the crickets and the frogs. The dim orange glow of an oil lamp fell through the servants’ door beside him, tipping the weeds beyond the edge of the yard with fire.

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Given the trouble his curiosity had caused him in the past, January reflected that he should know better. In any case, he had a good idea of what he would find in the darkness where the trees got thick.

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Barbara Hambly definitely has a way with words. She also seems to write in multiple genres. This series, historical mysteries, is set in 1830s New Orleans. The first book I remember reading by her is Ishmael, a Star Trek novel featuring Spock (my favorite!). I read it in the 1980s, so I have been reading Hambly’s books for three decades. The award-winning author has also written in the science fiction, fantasy and supernatural genres.

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Do you enjoy reading series? What are some of your favorites?

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42 comments on “Graveyard Dust by Barbara Hambly

  1. That is a great opening paragraph!

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  2. Now that’s the way to start a book! Barbara Hambly has been on my list of authors I want to check out, but I haven’t yet read any of her books. I may have to move her up on the list. 😊

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  3. Great visual images! I haven’t yet read this author, but now I must. Thanks for sharing….and I do love series books, but I prefer trilogies…to keep my attention. LOL

    Here’s mine: “MY SALINGER YEAR”

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  4. Sounds like his curiosity will be getting him in trouble.

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  5. Beth F says:

    This is a really good series.

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks, Beth. I am finding it so. I didn’t read this series for a long time because I’m not always fond of historical mysteries. But there is so much local color in this one that I am hooked.

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  6. Beautiful, poetic writing in the opening. Love the New Orleans setting too. I’d definitely keep reading.
    My Tuesday post features Shadow of the Hawk.

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  7. I’m not familiar with this series, but it sounds like a good one. Enjoy!

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  8. Literary Feline says:

    I have been wanting to read something by Hambly for some time now. This sounds really good.

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    • Dagny says:

      This is the third book in the series. They do stand alone, so it’s a matter of how you feel about jumping right in versus reading in order. The first book was good, but I spent so much time meeting the characters and figuring out who would be a continuing character, that I think I missed a lot of enjoyment. The second book blew me away!

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  9. Diane says:

    This sounds very good – I’d definitely read more. Thanks for joining us this week.

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  10. Emily Witt says:

    I really like the way that intro sets up the atmosphere. This series sounds really intriguing, I might have to look it up.

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  11. Yvonne says:

    I remember Ishmael. I loved that book. This sounds good.

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  12. I love the opening to this one so I will be looking out for this author – I do love a good historical mystery.

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    • Dagny says:

      After decades of thinking I didn’t like historical novels, there are several series that I now follow. It makes sense that I would like ones set in the 19th century since I love books written then.

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  13. Oh this is DEFINITELY a series I have to check out!!! (And I ADORED Ishmael!)

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  14. BookerTalk says:

    Never heard of this author but the opening paragraph would want to me read on for a while at least…

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  15. sydneyeditor1 says:

    Omg, I LOVE ISHMAEL. Adore it beyond all good reason and Aaron & Spock… SO GOOD. I will definitely check this one out!!

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  16. sydneyeditor1 says:

    Ok, this might be a second comment from me bc I hadn’t logged in before: but I LOVE ISHMAEL. LOVE. Beyond all good reason. She’s a favourite Trek author of mine. So I will definitely check this out. (Spock and Aaron were FABULOUS!)

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  17. Shaina says:

    Hambly sounds like a jack of all trades. Very cool!

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    • Dagny says:

      It is cool – even though I don’t read her fantasy, I know it’s there and may give it a try sometime. Her vampires would work for the R.I.P. Creepy Challenge. Maybe even this one with the Voodoo being mentioned, probably not though.

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  18. Such a lovely paragraph to start the book… I’m adding it to my TBR. I’ve never read anything by Barbara Hambly before… Can you suggest any of her books to start with?

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