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April 13, 1861: Rebel troops are across the Potomac River, only 800 feet from the White House and President Lincoln—but a murderer is even closer . . . With the Confederate Army firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War has begun—and an invasion of Washington, DC, from Secessionist Virginia seems imminent. As the population evacuates, the President is in desperate need of men April 13, 1861: Rebel troops are across the Potomac River, only 800 feet from the White House and President Lincoln—but a murderer is even closer . . . With the Confederate Army firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War has begun—and an invasion of Washington, DC, from Secessionist Virginia seems imminent. As the population evacuates, the President is in desperate need of men to defend the capital. Lincoln’s trusted aide, Adam Speed Quinn, and Quinn’s old friend from the Bloody Kansas conflict, Senator Jim Lane, hastily assemble a motley crew of just over a hundred men and garrison them in the East Room at the White House itself. Dubbed the Frontier Guard, these rough-and-tumble patriots steel themselves for the inevitable attack. But even as dawn breaks with no Rebel strike, a single act of violence intrudes within the White House. One of the Frontier Guard lies dead in the oval library, throat slit ear to ear. There is a murderer among them. Lincoln promptly assigns Quinn to deal with the matter, who is in turn aided by journalist Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton. And to Quinn’s chagrin, the Southern belle Constance Lemagne insists on being involved in the investigation as well. But when Dr. Hilton examines the body, he makes a startling discovery that overturns all Quinn’s assumptions about the murder. With his president at grave risk from without and within, Quinn must act quickly to catch the White House killer . . .


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April 13, 1861: Rebel troops are across the Potomac River, only 800 feet from the White House and President Lincoln—but a murderer is even closer . . . With the Confederate Army firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War has begun—and an invasion of Washington, DC, from Secessionist Virginia seems imminent. As the population evacuates, the President is in desperate need of men April 13, 1861: Rebel troops are across the Potomac River, only 800 feet from the White House and President Lincoln—but a murderer is even closer . . . With the Confederate Army firing on Fort Sumter, the Civil War has begun—and an invasion of Washington, DC, from Secessionist Virginia seems imminent. As the population evacuates, the President is in desperate need of men to defend the capital. Lincoln’s trusted aide, Adam Speed Quinn, and Quinn’s old friend from the Bloody Kansas conflict, Senator Jim Lane, hastily assemble a motley crew of just over a hundred men and garrison them in the East Room at the White House itself. Dubbed the Frontier Guard, these rough-and-tumble patriots steel themselves for the inevitable attack. But even as dawn breaks with no Rebel strike, a single act of violence intrudes within the White House. One of the Frontier Guard lies dead in the oval library, throat slit ear to ear. There is a murderer among them. Lincoln promptly assigns Quinn to deal with the matter, who is in turn aided by journalist Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton. And to Quinn’s chagrin, the Southern belle Constance Lemagne insists on being involved in the investigation as well. But when Dr. Hilton examines the body, he makes a startling discovery that overturns all Quinn’s assumptions about the murder. With his president at grave risk from without and within, Quinn must act quickly to catch the White House killer . . .

30 review for Murder in the Oval Library

  1. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Gleason

    Well, since I wrote it, I liked it. :-)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    Murder In The Oval Library is the second book in the Lincoln’s White House Mystery series. This is a win-win series for me. I love historical mysteries and the author skillfully weaves actual events from the time into the story. Fort Sumter has been fired on and the war has begun. President Lincoln is busily trying to put together an army to protect Washington, DC. from being invaded by Rebels from Virginia. New Senator Jim Lane has about 100 members of his Frontier Guard garrisoned at the White Murder In The Oval Library is the second book in the Lincoln’s White House Mystery series. This is a win-win series for me. I love historical mysteries and the author skillfully weaves actual events from the time into the story. Fort Sumter has been fired on and the war has begun. President Lincoln is busily trying to put together an army to protect Washington, DC. from being invaded by Rebels from Virginia. New Senator Jim Lane has about 100 members of his Frontier Guard garrisoned at the White House. The next morning everyone is relieved that an invasion has not occurred, but there is a scream from one of the maids when she finds one of the Frontier Guard has had their throat cut. President Lincoln, once again, calls on Adam Speed to investigate the gruesome murder. In turn, Speed calls on Sophie Gates, a reporter writing as Henry Altman, to help him search for the murderer. Speed also calls on Dr. George Hilton to help with his investigation and provides some shocking information. Sophie also meets Clara Barton and helps her care for the soldiers from Massachusetts who had been injured on their way to DC. I thought this was a well-plotted and exciting story. Gleason also provides the reader with an interesting and believable cast of characters. What I also found very interesting is how easy it was to get access to the White House. The author may have stretched the truth a little, but I do remember reading in history class about the people lining the White House looking for government jobs. The author has also included in her Author Notes sources that readers might want to check out for more information on the period that the book to place. I will definitely be watching for the next book in this exciting series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to Kensington Books and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. For those that love a good historical fiction novel, then this one is perfect for you! This is set in the late 1800’s – Lincoln has just been elected President and the US is in turmoil. The country is on the brink of the Civil War with the South beginning to succeed, and to make things worse, a body is found in the library of the White House. Lincoln assigns Adam Quinn to the case. He is accompanied Thanks to Kensington Books and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review. For those that love a good historical fiction novel, then this one is perfect for you! This is set in the late 1800’s – Lincoln has just been elected President and the US is in turmoil. The country is on the brink of the Civil War with the South beginning to succeed, and to make things worse, a body is found in the library of the White House. Lincoln assigns Adam Quinn to the case. He is accompanied by Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton, they try to quickly unravel the mystery with mounting pressure as the Confederates start to cross into Northern territory. I really enjoyed that Gleason sprinkled the story with actual historical figures – that added another level of authenticity to the novel. I enjoyed the mystery element and the setting. I feel like I never really see historical fiction novels about this time period – all the ones lately take place in Victorian England (not complaining about that!). I think I need to go back and read book one to get to know the characters a little better, but I would highly recommend picking this series up. I also enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end of the book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I enjoyed this. It's a well-plotted murder mystery, with likable characters, good pacing and a bonus of an interesting history lesson about a period I enjoy - the civil war. This series really is almost a history book, although it's fiction. The author does clearly exhaustive research and there is plenty of reality woven in with the fiction. It makes history interesting and engaging and teaches while it entertains. I loved the feeling of being in the White House with the characters, getting to I enjoyed this. It's a well-plotted murder mystery, with likable characters, good pacing and a bonus of an interesting history lesson about a period I enjoy - the civil war. This series really is almost a history book, although it's fiction. The author does clearly exhaustive research and there is plenty of reality woven in with the fiction. It makes history interesting and engaging and teaches while it entertains. I loved the feeling of being in the White House with the characters, getting to spend time with President Lincoln, and experiencing the early days of the civil war through the eyes of the characters. Certainly this was not an easy time for the U.S., but it very much makes for engrossing reading for a present-day reader. I listened to this as an audio book and the narrator was good. Overall this book - and this series - are solid, well-written and entertaining stories that blend good fiction with actual history for an easy, enjoyable read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Angie Boyter

    I am becoming a real fan of books about Lincoln, and this one had an interesting premise, but the writing is rather like a YA, so I could only persist through 30%. I am not at all surprised that she has written a series of books for teens. I might have enjoyed this when I was about 12.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    Murder in the Oval Library by C.M. Gleason is the second book in the Lincoln’s White House Mystery series. As Lincoln waits for the Confederate Army to begin its attack on Washington DC, about a hundred men, the Frontier Guard, are in the White House awaiting for the attack. One of these men is found dead in the Oval Library. Is there a murderer among them? President Lincoln, knowing he can trust Adam Quinn, asks him to catch the killer. Adam once again uses his friends, Sophie, Dr. Hilton, and Murder in the Oval Library by C.M. Gleason is the second book in the Lincoln’s White House Mystery series. As Lincoln waits for the Confederate Army to begin its attack on Washington DC, about a hundred men, the Frontier Guard, are in the White House awaiting for the attack. One of these men is found dead in the Oval Library. Is there a murderer among them? President Lincoln, knowing he can trust Adam Quinn, asks him to catch the killer. Adam once again uses his friends, Sophie, Dr. Hilton, and Miss Lemagne to help him. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters better in this second book. We learn more about their pasts and come to understand them better. By far my favorite aspect of the book was the historical elements. Author Gleason does a great job of describing events while still caring a story forward. I learned so much about the beginnings of the Civil War from this book. There were so many things I did not know and I was constantly doing further research to see if it was fact or fiction. Gleason describes these events in a way that I could easily picture Washington during this crucial time in our history. Washington then is not the Washington we see when we go there now and Gleason did a great job in placing me in the correct Washington. We are also shown this time period from the perspective of not only North and South, but race, and class. Murder in the Oval Library is a quick, engaging murder mystery. Though the setting of the beginning of the Civil War could be heavy, the story provides lots of information without weighing down or getting lost in a murder mystery. Murder in the Oval Library is the second in a series, and I do think it would be beneficial to read the first one first, though it isn’t necessary. I love to get to know characters really well and so reading the first book gives more of that information, but it wasn’t necessary to the storyline. My copy of Murder in the Oval Library was provided by Kensington Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Floyd

    The year is 1861; Lincoln has been inaugurated; the South has started to succeed; the country is on the brink of a civil war. Oh, and a body is found in the Oval Library of the Whitehouse. Abraham Lincoln assigns Adam Speed Quinn the task of digging for the truth. Sophie Gates, an independent reporter writing for the New York Times, appoints herself as his assistant. Together they will need to put together the pieces of a puzzle that will only become more complicated once Washington DC is The year is 1861; Lincoln has been inaugurated; the South has started to succeed; the country is on the brink of a civil war. Oh, and a body is found in the Oval Library of the Whitehouse. Abraham Lincoln assigns Adam Speed Quinn the task of digging for the truth. Sophie Gates, an independent reporter writing for the New York Times, appoints herself as his assistant. Together they will need to put together the pieces of a puzzle that will only become more complicated once Washington DC is invaded by the Rebels from the South. The story was a fun read and held this reader’s attention for the duration of the book. Well worth my time. A “Note From The Author” does a good job of helping to connect the story to the historical events in the days immediately following the inauguration. What was disappointing was that events discussed in the book could not be verified through Google, etc. As I have said in earlier reviews, the ability to follow up with a bit of independent research is what makes an historical novel particularly interesting. The brief essay at the end ties the book to some of that history, but it also leaves some questions unanswered. Having said that, I have ordered an earlier title by the same author written with the same characters and similar sitting. I do not expect to be disappointed. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions are mine alone.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Swafford

    War has been declared. As tensions grow, Adam Quinn is tasked with solving yet another murder on top of protecting Mr. Lincoln. With help from old friends and new, he learns just how close danger can lurk. This is an excellent follow-up to the first book. Familiar characters return to help Adam follow the clues to the killer. Sophie Gates, a woman journalist, and Dr. George Hilton are among his chief allies to solving the crime. Dr. Hilton is without a doubt one of my favorite characters from War has been declared. As tensions grow, Adam Quinn is tasked with solving yet another murder on top of protecting Mr. Lincoln. With help from old friends and new, he learns just how close danger can lurk. This is an excellent follow-up to the first book. Familiar characters return to help Adam follow the clues to the killer. Sophie Gates, a woman journalist, and Dr. George Hilton are among his chief allies to solving the crime. Dr. Hilton is without a doubt one of my favorite characters from these books. There continues to be a slight triangle of attraction between Adam, Sophie, and Southern belle, Constance Lemange, who is doing her best to help the Confederate cause from Washington DC. This is my least favorite part of this book. Overall, the plot is well balanced, keeping the tension high with the city under threat and a killer on the loose. Historical figures are woven in expertly, and are presented as they might have been. I would recommend this to readers looking for a historical mystery.

  9. 4 out of 5

    tiasreads

    I'm really enjoying this new mystery/historical fiction series. Both books move along at a brisk pace, so I never get bored. I enjoy and root for most of the characters, with the glaring exception of Constance Lemange, who is a syrupy, stereotypical insult to every woman who has ever lived below the Mason-Dixon line. Myself included. If the author wanted to make the Confederates look bad, they did that for themselves; all she had to do was write the truth. There was no need for this posturing I'm really enjoying this new mystery/historical fiction series. Both books move along at a brisk pace, so I never get bored. I enjoy and root for most of the characters, with the glaring exception of Constance Lemange, who is a syrupy, stereotypical insult to every woman who has ever lived below the Mason-Dixon line. Myself included. If the author wanted to make the Confederates look bad, they did that for themselves; all she had to do was write the truth. There was no need for this posturing little peacock. The thing I most like about this series is how it shows, without being preachy or intrusive, this particular time in history from so many differing viewpoints: Northern, Southern, white, black, Irish, Eastern, Western, wealthy, poor. I highly recommend this series to mystery and historical fiction fans. These are fast and fun books that leave you with something to think about at the end- a rare combination.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    It's 1861 and the Civil War has begun with the invasion of DC being imminent. So as everyone high tails it out of there the President needs someone or something to stay behind to defend. Adam Speed Quinn is your man as the trusted aide while he hooks up with his old pal Senator Jim Lane with an army to join them. Well this Frontier Guard has gathered in the East Room ready for service. However the problem is not external but internal with a murder being committed and no killers being found. Johnny It's 1861 and the Civil War has begun with the invasion of DC being imminent. So as everyone high tails it out of there the President needs someone or something to stay behind to defend. Adam Speed Quinn is your man as the trusted aide while he hooks up with his old pal Senator Jim Lane with an army to join them. Well this Frontier Guard has gathered in the East Room ready for service. However the problem is not external but internal with a murder being committed and no killers being found. Johnny Thorne has been brutally murdered in the Oval Library. Now there's a hunt for the killer but just one problem Johnny is not as he seems... Lets just say this book takes off with wings of its own and plenty of twists to make you wonder why anyone would pretend to be a soldier. Well, stay tuned this was AWESOME!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Derek

    I was really intrigued when I came across Murder in the Oval Library by C.M Gleason. I have a hard time turning down a novel based on history but shrouded in fiction. However, upon finishing the book i felt a little cheated. Overall the story telling was interesting and the characters were fun to follow but the ending left me somewhat underwhelmed. It felt like when there is a big build up and then the reveal happens and everyone is looking around going “is that it?”. There are some minor tweaks I was really intrigued when I came across Murder in the Oval Library by C.M Gleason. I have a hard time turning down a novel based on history but shrouded in fiction. However, upon finishing the book i felt a little cheated. Overall the story telling was interesting and the characters were fun to follow but the ending left me somewhat underwhelmed. It felt like when there is a big build up and then the reveal happens and everyone is looking around going “is that it?”. There are some minor tweaks and other story changes that could probably make this a really strong novel. I would be interested in reading additional stories in this series but would need to be more wowed next time or would have to move on. Thanks to C.M Gleason and Kensington for providing me with an advanced reading copy.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    1861 and the Civil war has just started. While the opposing army is less than a mile away, all of Washington waits to see the outcome. But the plans of Adam Speed Quinn are interrupted when a body of a Frontier Guard is discovered in the Oval Library. President Lincoln requests that he investigate. Although wishing otherwise for their safety only, he gets help from journalist Sophie Gates, Dr. George Hilton and Southern female Constance Lemagne. An interesting and well-plotted, well-written 1861 and the Civil war has just started. While the opposing army is less than a mile away, all of Washington waits to see the outcome. But the plans of Adam Speed Quinn are interrupted when a body of a Frontier Guard is discovered in the Oval Library. President Lincoln requests that he investigate. Although wishing otherwise for their safety only, he gets help from journalist Sophie Gates, Dr. George Hilton and Southern female Constance Lemagne. An interesting and well-plotted, well-written mystery which kept my attention throughout. And the characters are well-drawn and mostly likeable, though I am not too sure about Constance. Although this is the second in the series it can certanly be read as a standalone story and I look forward to the next in the series. A NetGalley Book

  13. 5 out of 5

    Art

    The second book in the Adam Quinn series has President Lincoln and all of Washington bracing for invasion by rebel soldiers at the start of the Civil War. Southern sympathizers in Maryland are blocking the train tracks and Washington, DC, has very few soldiers to defend it against Confederate soldiers just across the river in Virginia. A band of Kansas frontiersmen is bedding down in the President's House to protect Lincoln. But one of them is murdered in the middle of the night. Quinn is asked to The second book in the Adam Quinn series has President Lincoln and all of Washington bracing for invasion by rebel soldiers at the start of the Civil War. Southern sympathizers in Maryland are blocking the train tracks and Washington, DC, has very few soldiers to defend it against Confederate soldiers just across the river in Virginia. A band of Kansas frontiersmen is bedding down in the President's House to protect Lincoln. But one of them is murdered in the middle of the night. Quinn is asked to find out what happened -- and also to help spread rumors to forestall the imminent attack. He and his supporting cast make for a good read, And the details about historic Washington add some real flavor.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kim Bakos

    Another great one in this series. I didn't like the mystery in this one as much as the first, but the story made for it in the further development of the characters from the first book. I know this is a historical mystery, but I see two potential love interests and it would be fun for those to develop. The tension between the two ladies is already brewing. I loved the introduction of Clara Barton into the story to add another real person from history. I had never heard about the week that Another great one in this series. I didn't like the mystery in this one as much as the first, but the story made for it in the further development of the characters from the first book. I know this is a historical mystery, but I see two potential love interests and it would be fun for those to develop. The tension between the two ladies is already brewing. I loved the introduction of Clara Barton into the story to add another real person from history. I had never heard about the week that Washington DC was cut off at the start of the Civil War. It is always nice to learn more when I read historical fiction.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    A nicely done tale of murder in the White House! Adam Quinn is asked by President Lincoln to investigate the murder of one of the guards who moved into the White House to protect him. Working with George Hilton and Sophie Gates, he unravels a mystery. There are cameos by real people from the era (Clara Barton for one). There's also a new potential love interest in Constance. This is well written and a quick read which has a little more depth than I expected. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Fans A nicely done tale of murder in the White House! Adam Quinn is asked by President Lincoln to investigate the murder of one of the guards who moved into the White House to protect him. Working with George Hilton and Sophie Gates, he unravels a mystery. There are cameos by real people from the era (Clara Barton for one). There's also a new potential love interest in Constance. This is well written and a quick read which has a little more depth than I expected. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Fans of historical mysteries- who aren't too hung up on precise details- will like this one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    The South has seceded from the Union and all of Washington is bracing for a Confederate invasion. When one of the Frontier Guards in found dead in the Oval Library, President Lincoln calls on Adam Quinn to find the murderer. When the body is examined by Dr. George Hilton, he makes a remarkable discovery - the dead person was a woman disguised as a man. This puzzles Quinn, but with the help of journalist Sophie Gates, they try to discover who she is and why she was killed. An excellent historical The South has seceded from the Union and all of Washington is bracing for a Confederate invasion. When one of the Frontier Guards in found dead in the Oval Library, President Lincoln calls on Adam Quinn to find the murderer. When the body is examined by Dr. George Hilton, he makes a remarkable discovery - the dead person was a woman disguised as a man. This puzzles Quinn, but with the help of journalist Sophie Gates, they try to discover who she is and why she was killed. An excellent historical mystery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Starr Wilde

    Another fascinating historical thriller from Ms Gleason Wow! Yet another great thriller from Colleen Gleason based in real historical time and facts. I love Lincoln and so naturally, I had to read these immediately. I love all the history she puts in here with her fictional mystery and people perfectly blended with history. Cannot wait for another one...there has to be 3 of these right???

  18. 4 out of 5

    Meg Macy

    Book 1, Murder in the Lincoln White House, was excellent - and I found book 2 to be even better! Tense, gripping, and chock full of wonderful, never read before historical information about the time between the firing on Fort Sumpter and the arrival of troops to defend Washington, DC, I enjoyed the development of the characters - especially Adam Quinn, the protagonist, and Sophie Gates - and nicely woven plot along with the author notes by Gleason at the end. Can't wait for book 3!

  19. 5 out of 5

    David Allen White

    Not crazy about it. She has an Irish character saying "Top o' the morning." Irish people don't say that. The expression is "stage Irish," used by American actors portraying Irish people. The first time anybody in Ireland ever heard that expression it was from an American. The story didn't really grab me all that much.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Enjoyed another Lincoln White House mystery with Adam Quinn and Sophie Gates..... this time investigating a murder in the White House Oval Library as war is breaking out after the attack on Fort Sumter. Looking forward to another Lincoln White House mystery....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    I don't normally read Historical Fiction, but I picked this one up and really enjoyed it. When I started reading it, I didn't realize it was #2 in a series, so I will definitely go back and read the first one, too.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Colleendearborn

    Fascinating history enhances this murder mystery. Excellent audio narration via Hoopla .

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carlene Renner

    great

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dianne McCorcle

    Enjoyed this historical fiction & mystery. Author communicated the tension in Washington DC at the beginning of the civil war.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jacki York

    Excellent historical mystery- looking forward to more in the series! This novel also prompted me to learn more about Bloody Kansas!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mary G.

    A really enjoyable mystery with engaging characters. Adam and Sophie make a great team. Looking forward to their next adventure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    nikkia neil

    Thanks Kensington Books for this ARC. Love the way this series ties into the historical so well it makes you feel like you could have been there. Exciting, full of action, and a little romance too.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bernadette Long

    This is the second story in the Lincoln's White House Mystery series and it can be read as a standalone. All of the principal characters are back and have their own parts to play in solving the murder of a soldier in the Oval Library of the White House in spring 1861. Adam Quinn has decided to remain in Washington and assist President Lincoln in these troubling early days of his presidential term and the Civil War. The very real possibility of an invasion by southern forces into the city has This is the second story in the Lincoln's White House Mystery series and it can be read as a standalone. All of the principal characters are back and have their own parts to play in solving the murder of a soldier in the Oval Library of the White House in spring 1861. Adam Quinn has decided to remain in Washington and assist President Lincoln in these troubling early days of his presidential term and the Civil War. The very real possibility of an invasion by southern forces into the city has everyone on high alert and when a murder occurs and Adam's past collide, he must depend on the investigative skills of George Hilton, Sophia Gates, and Brian Mulcahey. I am eager to read the next installment in this interesting series! Thanks to the publisher and to NetGalley for an ARC; all opinions are my own.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Helen Howerton

    Murder in the Oval Library is the second in the “Lincoln White House” series written by C.M. Gleason, with the protagonist being a frontiersman by the name of Adam Quinn, a friend from Lincoln’s early days who’s endured some personal tragedy in “Bleeding Kansas,” including losing his arm. He finds himself ensconced in the White House as Lincoln begins his presidency, caught up in investigation of the dead bodies that conveniently litter the countryside, including this one, a dead soldier found Murder in the Oval Library is the second in the “Lincoln White House” series written by C.M. Gleason, with the protagonist being a frontiersman by the name of Adam Quinn, a friend from Lincoln’s early days who’s endured some personal tragedy in “Bleeding Kansas,” including losing his arm. He finds himself ensconced in the White House as Lincoln begins his presidency, caught up in investigation of the dead bodies that conveniently litter the countryside, including this one, a dead soldier found within the house. A mystery surrounds even that, as Quinn begins his investigations as all around him wait for the “enemy” to cross over from Virginia and take the capitol. One of the hallmarks of this series is the use of real historical figures. Readers will met James Henry Lane, newly elected senator from the new state of Kansas. Senator Lane was one tough customer, in this book as well as historical records; tough, perhaps a trifle mad (he’ll commit suicide after the war), and certainly dangerous to be around. He will figure prominently. Also found within these pages is Clara Barton (already taking care of soldiers) and the soon to be Confederate spy Rosa Greenhow. These two characters share storylines with Sophie Gates, found in the first book, the erstwhile journalist who is usually a thorn in Quinn’s side. The author definitely likes to populate her books with nonfiction people and events, adding bits of frisson to the plot -- this is a historical mystery after all. The author does a nice mixture of investigation and subtle romance (two women interact with Quinn), which seems to be a hallmark of historical mysteries these days. I’d prefer more of the former and less of the latter, but that’s a minor quibble. This book is as well written as its predecessor, a comfortable read that should grab readers’ attentions. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley, for an advance copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    Another wonderful book Every bit as good as the first one. I look forward to reading the next installment. All I can say is that I hope the author writes quickly.

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