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Murder in the Lincoln White House (2017)

by C. M. Gleason

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Series: Lincoln's White House Mystery series (book 1)

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  shan.blackman | Aug 21, 2018 |
I’m a historical fiction buff, especially for the Civil War era and doubly for anything about the Lincolns. It was with bated breath that I opened the cover of this first book in the Adam Quinn series.

The time is March 4, 1861, Lincoln’s first inauguration. The day has gone rather smoothly…a bomb threat at Lincoln’s podium was thwarted, but otherwise it’s been a peaceful day. Now it’s almost 11 p.m. and the Lincoln’s have…finally…made an appearance at the Inaugural Ball.

While Abe and his beloved Mary promenade around the room, a body is discovered in one of the side rooms. There isn’t much blood, but Custer Billings is dead, apparently stabbed. When Abe learns of what has happened he asks his closest friend, Joshua Speed’s, nephew, Adam, to handle the case.

Adam has no background in detective work. In fact he has just returned from the Kansas Territory. He accepts the challenge and the search for the killer begins.

Author Colleen Gleason, writer of more than twenty books, does an excellent job in steeping the reader in the 1860s culture, politics and ambiance of Washington, D.C. The Ball is held in a thrown together building, erected especially for the occasion. Planks cover the mud outside. The half-finished Capitol Building looms in the background. I felt as if I was at the ball with the description of the dresses, the dances, the men’s fashions. But often Gleason went on too long. She used the same description of the dresses several times, and repeated many images.

Given the tenseness of the times, there is no tension in Murder in the Lincoln White House. Most of the time we see Adam scurrying from place to place, trying to enlist the help of anyone he can to solve the murder, picking up a small clue here and there and berating the ones he does have to death.

I want to give this disappointing novel 2 stars, but I ended up giving it 3 out of 5 stars in Julie’s world. ( )
  juliecracchiolo | Feb 16, 2018 |
I want to give this a very solid 4.5 stars. This was especially well done historical fiction and an incredibly well done mystery! The author does an amazing job at putting you right into the heart of Washington DC during the very first days of Lincoln's presidency. The descriptions of the city and the White House and the clothing were so incredibly clear you could really easily picture yourself standing there observing it all yourself. The mystery was really a good one and the investigation was fascinating as it was providing a glimpse into early forensics. The author also did a a great job in providing summaries of the clues as the story went along (which in so many mysteries is missing) although at times it felt a bit redundant. Many, many well planted red-herrings and twists along the way. If you like historical mysteries I think this will be right up your alley! I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Kathl33n | Jan 2, 2018 |
When a murder is discovered at the inauguration ball of President Lincoln, he turns to a young friend from home, Adam Quinn, to investigate. Quinn must search through prejudices, suspicions, and false clues to bring the murderer to justice.

This is a fantastic historical mystery. From the start, I very much enjoyed Adam Quinn's character. He was clever and thorough in searching for clues. He used his experience from tracking animals to analyze and think through each step he took.

The supporting characters were all equally lovely. There were two ladies who could play the romantic angle, and I could see them both in the role. An African American doctor was possibly one of my favorite men who aided Quinn.

Overall, this is a brilliant start to a series and I'm looking forward to reading more of his adventures in a time period of such conflict.

I received a free copy through NetGalley for reviewing purposes. ( )
  TheQuietReader | Dec 15, 2017 |
Ultimately this is a murder mystery set in the days shortly after Abraham Lincoln’s election to the Presidency.
This book has a little bit of everything, history, politics, romance, feminism. With so much going on the mystery at times takes a back seat to the dichotomies of the period. The animosity the secessionists felt toward Abraham Lincoln was so well defined it was palpable throughout the book. The cruel reality of life in Washington D.C. in 1860 for anyone who wasn’t free and/or wealthy was well portrayed. The conflict and exchanges between the pro-slavers and abolitionists was caustic, totally believable and extremely uncomfortable. Portions of the dialog were so realistically offensive I mentally gasped.

The protagonist, Adam Quinn is an interesting commodity. As the mystery spun out effectively the reader is introduced to interesting situations and characters however the ending was too fast, too simple, too Oh Really?!

Thank you NetGalley and Kensington Publishing Corporation for an ARC ( )
  kimkimkim | Nov 7, 2017 |
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March 4, 1861: On the day of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, the air is charged with hope and apprehension. The last thing anyone wants is any sort of hitch in the proceedings-let alone murder! Fortunately the president has young Adam Quinn by his side . . . At the inaugural ball, Lincoln's trusted entourage is on their guard. Allan Pinkerton, head of the president's security team, is wary of potential assassins. And Lincoln's oldest friend, Joshua Speed, is by his side, along with Speed's nephew, Adam Quinn-called back from the Kansas frontier to serve as the president's assistant and jack-of-all-trades.Despite the tight security, trouble comes nonetheless. A man is found stabbed to death in a nearby room, only yards from the president. Not wishing to cause alarm, Lincoln dispatches young Quinn-instead of the high-profile Pinkerton-to discreetly investigate.Could the proximity of the murder possibly be a coincidence? Or is the crime directly related to Lincoln himself-possibly a political act? Quinn's observation skills as a frontier scout are invaluable as he examines the victim and begins a complex investigation. Though he is new to Washington, DC, he must navigate through high society, political personages, and a city preparing for war in order to solve the crime. He finds unexpected allies in a determined female journalist named Sophie Gates, and Dr. Hilton, a free man of colorQuinn-with assistance from Sophie and Dr. Hilton-must make haste to solve the murder if he is to protect the president he's pledged to serve. With the shadow of war looming on the horizon, there's no margin for error, as no less than the fate of the nation is at stake . . .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 "Sophisticated, sexy, surprising . . . This book grabs you and holds you tight till the very last page!" -#1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward"Gleason's novel is a well-oiled machine . . . the authentic historical framework . . . the compelling personalities." -School Library Journal "Witty, intriguing, and addictive." -Publishers Weekly "Phenomenal storytelling." -Romantic Times… (more)

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