Murder in the Lincoln White House by C.M. Gleason

Murder in the Lincoln White House

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 securi...

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  • Krista Taracuk

    Frontiersman Adam Quinn left the racial tension of the Kansas Territory hoping to escape the memories of the violent deaths of his friends and the loss of his arm. He arrives in Washington, DC, in the spring of 1861 to find the city mired in hatred, gossip, and corruption on the eve of the impending war.

    As a long-time and trusted friend of the Lincolns, Quinn is hired to find a murderer and travels between the high society of the rich and powerful to the overlooked slums of the city. Volatile te

    Frontiersman Adam Quinn left the racial tension of the Kansas Territory hoping to escape the memories of the violent deaths of his friends and the loss of his arm. He arrives in Washington, DC, in the spring of 1861 to find the city mired in hatred, gossip, and corruption on the eve of the impending war.

    As a long-time and trusted friend of the Lincolns, Quinn is hired to find a murderer and travels between the high society of the rich and powerful to the overlooked slums of the city. Volatile tempers, hostilities, racial tension, and assassination plots cloud his investigation but he finds assistance from such unlikely characters as a black doctor, a poor Irish boy, and a young woman posing as a male reporter.

    Both YAs and adults will enjoy the well-researched details of the political and cultural swampland of DC in the spring of 1861 in this new series of historical fiction.

  • Bryleigh

    This was a lot of fun, and a real page-turner. I have a weakness for mysteries set in the past, and this one didn't disappoint. I'm not going to write much here because it would be hard not to spill the spoilers, but it was well researched, engaging, and the period well captured. Recommended not just for mystery fans, but readers who enjoy a Civil War setting or are Lincoln fans.

    I received this book as a giveaway from the publisher at BEA 2017 in NYC.

  • Linda

    This is the first installment in C. M. Gleason's Lincoln White House Mysteries. It's President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball and the room is filled with attendees, both supportive and non-supportive. This leaves a long list of possible suspects when a murder is committed on this night of celebration. Lincoln has had so many death threats that his staff can't be sure if he was really meant to be the intended victim. Lincoln puts all his trust into Adam Quinn, a young frontiersman, to find out who comm

    This is the first installment in C. M. Gleason's Lincoln White House Mysteries. It's President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball and the room is filled with attendees, both supportive and non-supportive. This leaves a long list of possible suspects when a murder is committed on this night of celebration. Lincoln has had so many death threats that his staff can't be sure if he was really meant to be the intended victim. Lincoln puts all his trust into Adam Quinn, a young frontiersman, to find out who committed the murder. Adam has his work cut out for him as he continues to be concerned with the protection of the President and the motive for the killing(s), which have increased since he started his investigations. This one will keep you guessing right up to the end.

  • Ashley

    I won this book on goodreads in return for a review.

    I really enjoyed this book! Plot twists, good research, and relatable characters.

    The only thing I had issues with were there were times when the main character would mention something, and I would get the feeling I should know what they're referring to. Almost like I hadn't read the first book in a series, but I checked and there aren't other books. It didn't take away from the novel at all though.

    I also found a slight error on page 288. The

    I won this book on goodreads in return for a review.

    I really enjoyed this book! Plot twists, good research, and relatable characters.

    The only thing I had issues with were there were times when the main character would mention something, and I would get the feeling I should know what they're referring to. Almost like I hadn't read the first book in a series, but I checked and there aren't other books. It didn't take away from the novel at all though.

    I also found a slight error on page 288. The author puts nineteen fifty eight, while the novel is actually set in the 1800's. Just a small misprint.

    Overall, excellent book and I can't wait to read more by this author!

  • Bridgett Brown

    I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

    It's President Lincoln's Inaugural Ball and the room is filled with people, both supportive and non-supportive. This gives Adam Quinn, a long list of possible suspects when a murder is committed. Lincoln has had so many death threats that his staff can't be sure if he was really meant to be the intended victim. Adam is determined to find out just who the killer is .

  • Ellen

    I loved this book! The setting, the time period, and the characters all brought vividly to life by C.M. Gleason.

    Set during the early days of President Lincoln's presidency, the book focuses on the murder of a man during Lincoln's inaugural ball. Who did this and why? Was it an attempt to distract security thereby allowing an attempt on Lincoln? A random act? Through the investigation by Adam Quinn, frontier man extrordinaire, we see the political and social landscape of that time. And it is dow

    I loved this book! The setting, the time period, and the characters all brought vividly to life by C.M. Gleason.

    Set during the early days of President Lincoln's presidency, the book focuses on the murder of a man during Lincoln's inaugural ball. Who did this and why? Was it an attempt to distract security thereby allowing an attempt on Lincoln? A random act? Through the investigation by Adam Quinn, frontier man extrordinaire, we see the political and social landscape of that time. And it is downright fascinating. We also learn more about the realities of living in a city on the brink of civil war and clearly divided by race and wealth.

    Dr. Hilton and Sophie are interesting characters and I hope we learn more about them as the series grows. I particularly would like to see how Sophie continues her work as a newsman.

    So,so good! I am already counting the days to the next book.

  • Kim

    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 w

    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

  • Linda

    The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan)

    History carries a heavy stick. It raps to a familiar beat heard since the beginning of time. The panoramic stage weaves variations and set changes, but the actors, oh the actors, are cloaked in hues of long-standing hate, greed, animosity, and belligerent behavior.

    The curtain rises in the Inaugural Ballroom in March of 1861 ushering in the newly elected President Abraham Lincoln. The dance floor is lined with hoop-skirted ladies and men wearing a cockade

    The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan)

    History carries a heavy stick. It raps to a familiar beat heard since the beginning of time. The panoramic stage weaves variations and set changes, but the actors, oh the actors, are cloaked in hues of long-standing hate, greed, animosity, and belligerent behavior.

    The curtain rises in the Inaugural Ballroom in March of 1861 ushering in the newly elected President Abraham Lincoln. The dance floor is lined with hoop-skirted ladies and men wearing a cockade on their waistcoats depicting their political leanings. Abolitionists and secessionists mingle in the same crowd.

    But eyes sweep the clusters of people in an age when that is the highest level of security. Pinkerton's men move from one end of the hall to the other. They have broken through many plots to threaten Lincoln's life including a recent one in Baltimore in which Lincoln was swept away to board another train. Even congratulatory baskets of sweets may be tainted with arsenic. A most loved and a most hated President of the times.

    The discovery of a dead body in a room near Lincoln sets the White House on alert. The man was stabbed to death. Lincoln calls in Adam Quinn to investigate the crime. Quinn becomes a most unusual protagonist. He lost his arm in the Bloody Kansas revolts and wears the heaviness of a prothesis. Quinn is more of an adventurer than an investigator. But his living-off-the-land experiences serve him well here. Washington, D.C. is filled with unsavory characters with hidden and not so hidden agendas.

    C.M. Gleason presents a fictional storyline encased with scenarios of impending war, political stances, the role of females in society, the day upon day effects of slavery, and the impact of the Black Code on free black men and women of the time. Gleason even brings in a black doctor educated in Montreal to do an autopsy at the request of Quinn. Quinn is not the sole Robin Hood here. It is through a combined effort of various individuals that the crime will be solved. I especially enjoyed Gleason's introduction of early forensic procedures and the analytical deduction of clues.

    Murder in the Lincoln White House is the first book in this series. I am looking forward to future adventures involving the sharp skills of this one-armed earthy character. Well done, C.M. Gleason.

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Kensington Books and to C.M. Gleason for the opportunity.

  • Wit & Wonder Books

    ***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***

    In this historical-mystery-fiction novel,

    by C. M. Gleason, gives us the first installment of the

    series. As far as first in a series books goes, this is a whopper of one. The descriptive detail takes you back in time to 1861, the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated, as if you are walking on the cobblestone back alley streets with them or dancing at the ball in your hoop skirt.

    Adam

    ***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***

    In this historical-mystery-fiction novel,

    by C. M. Gleason, gives us the first installment of the

    series. As far as first in a series books goes, this is a whopper of one. The descriptive detail takes you back in time to 1861, the day Abraham Lincoln was inaugurated, as if you are walking on the cobblestone back alley streets with them or dancing at the ball in your hoop skirt.

    Adam Quinn is part of Abraham Lincoln’s assistants. He is the jack-of-all-trades guy. Not knowing fully why he was brought on until President Lincoln's inauguration ball when a man is found stabbed to death and the President assigned Mr. Quinn to find out the who and why. Mr. Quinn proceeds his duty using the skills of animal hunting that he learned from the Kansas frontier to track down a murder during a time of uncertainty and a country in transition doesn’t make his job easy.

    What keeps you reading is not only the scenery portrayed in detail, but the storyline itself and how at that time, some slaves were considered "free", the north and south were fighting, and women still weren't allowed the freedom of today. The combination of all these things happening back in 1861 and a murder at the inauguration ball made one amazing thriller of a story.

    One of the most fascinating parts of this story to me is that Adam Quinn saw people for people. That his training from back home leads him to trust people to help no matter what color or background. He saw that people are people and did what was needed to get things done.

    Then on top of all that, you will keep guessing right to the end on who-did-it!!! the small twist and turns are so well written that you just have to keep reading to find out what happens.

    Don't be fooled and think this is one of those mystery novels that are heavy in thought it is not. This is so well written and grabs your attention, that you will breeze right thought it and before you know it it’s over and your left with thought of "WOW, well played". Five thrilling stars.

  • Leith Devine

    I really enjoyed this book. The attention to the historical detail was amazing, especially when discussing the differences between those slaves who were considered "free" and those who were not. The plot was well-written and kept my attention until the very end.

    At the party after Lincoln's inauguration, a dead body is found. The President asks Adam Quinn, recently arrived in Washington from Kansas and the son of an old friend, to investigate. Adam is a fish out of water in D.C., but he dives ri

    I really enjoyed this book. The attention to the historical detail was amazing, especially when discussing the differences between those slaves who were considered "free" and those who were not. The plot was well-written and kept my attention until the very end.

    At the party after Lincoln's inauguration, a dead body is found. The President asks Adam Quinn, recently arrived in Washington from Kansas and the son of an old friend, to investigate. Adam is a fish out of water in D.C., but he dives right in and starts looking for suspects. His search takes him from the upper corridors of power to the slums of the city as he tries to find the murderer.

    This is a great book and I highly recommend it. Thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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