In July 1861, just months after the Battle of Fort Sumter plunges the young nation into civil war, President Lincoln’s top priority is to unite the country, while Adam Quinn finds himself on the trail of a murderer . . .
On Independence Day, the citizens of Washington, DC, are celebrating as if there isn’t a war. But the city is teeming with green Union recruits while President Lincoln and his War Department are focused on military strategy to take Richmond in Secessionist Virginia in order to bring the conflict to a swift end. Manassas, Virginia, near Bull Run Creek, is in their sights.
The very next morning, as Congress convenes once more, a dead body is found hanging from the crane beneath the unfinished dome of the Capitol. Lincoln’s close confidant, Adam Speed Quinn, is called upon to determine whether the man had taken his own life, or if someone had helped him.
With the assistance of Dr. George Hilton and journalist Sophie Gates, Quinn investigates what turns out to be murder. But the former scout is about to be blindsided, for a Southern sympathizer in the city is running a female spy network reporting to the Confederacy, and she has an insidious plot to foil the Union Army’s march to Manassas by employing the charms of one Constance Lemagne to get as close to Adam as possible . . .
Praise for C. M. Gleason’s Lincoln’s White House Mysteries
Murder in the Oval Library
“An excellent mystery combined with brilliant historical detail.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A simply riveting read from cover to cover, as author C. M. Gleason exhibits a genuine flair for deftly crafted storytelling and a mastery of the historical mystery genre.” —Midwest Book Review
“This story abounds with historical characters as well as fictional ones . . . This is a great novel for those who like their mysteries in a historical setting.” —New York Journal of Books
“It would have been easy for Gleason to focus only on the murder, but she goes further by providing rich detail about this brief yet fascinating period of the capital’s history . . . Gleason masterfully raises the tension surrounding the murder in tandem with the desperation and fear of the city’s inhabitants . . . Highly recommended.” —Historical Novel Society
Murder in the Lincoln White House
“History, mystery, and a little romance combine with a diverse cast of characters . . . This crisp look at our nation’s capital on the brink of pivotal history balances well with the mystery at hand and achieves the right blend of both . . . Well-known historical figures share the pages with the fictional ensemble, capturing an authentic portrait of the period and adding layers to both the plot and the setting. Perfect for mystery fans as well as Lincoln/Civil War aficionados.” —RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
Praise for the previous works of C. M. Gleason
“Exhilarating . . . Sure to please.” —The New York Times Sunday Book Review
“Wonderfully witty . . . deliciously dark and delightfully entertaining.” —The Chicago Tribune
“Witty, intriguing, and addictive.” —Publishers Weekly