MURDER IN THE LINCOLN WHITE HOUSE
History, mystery and a little romance combine with a diverse cast of characters to start the new Lincoln’s White House Mystery series that’s difficult to put down! Right from the beginning, readers are seamlessly immersed into Lincoln’s inaugural ball and then peer over Adam Quinn’s shoulder at a shocking murder. 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. This broadens the novel’s appeal and shines a subtle spotlight on areas in which our current world still parallels the past. 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.
Adam Quinn, newly arrived in Washington, D.C., from the bloody racial battles in Kansas, is ready to start his new job as a jack-of-all-trades to longtime family friend, the newly inaugurated President Abraham Lincoln. Quinn doesn’t have to wait long to jump into the fray — a man is murdered at the inaugural ball despite the heavy security Quinn is helping Allan Pinkerton provide. Since Adam is virtually unknown around the capital, he is tasked with discreetly bringing the killer to justice. He allies himself with two other people who understand the need for both urgency and discretion — ambitious investigative journalist Sophie Gates and a free man of color, Dr. Hilton. As the murmurs of approaching war grow louder across the city, these three unlikely partners race to solve the murder even as they carry the fate of a nation on their shoulders. (KENSINGTON, Nov., 304 pp., $25.00)