MYSTERY

Murder at the Capitol

Kensington. (Lincoln’s White House, Bk. 3). Jan. 2020. 304p. ISBN 9781496723987. $26. M
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As Congress gets ready to reconvene after the Independence Day celebrations in 1861, Piney Tuft’s body is found hanging from a crane in the Capitol rotunda. Wannabe journalist Sophie Gates insists they inform Adam Quinn, a one-armed frontiersman, who is part of President Lincoln’s security team. Now he is the president’s murder investigator. With the help of Dr. George Hilton, a black freedman, Adam deduces that Tuft’s death was not suicide. By the time a second body is discovered near the Capitol, Adam is deep into the case, and Sophie is contending with a prominent socialite whose father is being blackmailed and wants Sophie to find the blackmailer and save her upcoming wedding.
VERDICT Gleason follows Murder in the Oval Library with a riveting historical mystery set on the eve of the first major battle of the Civil War. Fans of descriptive historical mysteries will appreciate the mix of real people and intriguing fictional characters.

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