A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Book 1)
by Barbara Hambly
This wasn’t my type of mystery or period piece. I’d have to compare it to Lord John and the Private Matter or something along those lines. It is interesting at first, but it was hard to like most of the characters beyond a few but there are lots and lots of characters to keep track of for the sake of trying to solve the mystery as a reader. And then by the end there are just a few too many “oh, that’s convenient” bits. I also had trouble with judging how much time passed as the story went. Something wasn’t quite right. The author had good intentions, but the execution distracted from them.