Sold Down the River by Barbara Hambley

Sold Down the River is so much more than a mystery. It is a close look at slavery in the early 1800s from a view many of us had never seen before Roots.

The author paints a picture of New Orleans so vividly you can hear the creak of the wagons and the clomp of the horses among the melting pot of peoples. The ships, the market, the wares, the slaves, and the human pathos all jumbled together, are a thoroughly engrossing and enriching read. Toss in the mystery itself, and the quite unusual sleuth, and you have a literary gumbo that is sure to please a reader who has “read it all.”

I’m not familiar with this author, but if this work is a good indication of her writing skills, I’ll be looking for more.

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