July 1861. On Independence Day, the citizens of Washington, DC, are celebrating as if there isn't a war. But the city is teeming with green Union recruits while President Lincoln and his War Department are focused on military strategy to take Richmond in Secessionist Virginia in order to bring the conflict to a swift end. Manassas, Virginia, near Bull Run Creek, is in their sights.
The very next morning, as Congress convenes once more, a dead body is found hanging from the crane beneath the unfinished dome of the Capitol. Lincoln's close confidant, Adam Speed Quinn, is called upon to determine whether the man had taken his own life, or if someone had helped him.
With the assistance of Dr. George Hilton and journalist Sophie Gates, Quinn investigates what turns out to be murder. But the former scout is about to be blindsided, for a Southern sympathizer in the city is running a female spy network reporting to the Confederacy, and she has an insidious plot to foil the Union Army's march to Manassas by employing the charms of one Constance Lemagne to get as close to Adam as possible . . .
About the Author
C. M. Gleason is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Stoker & Holmes series for teens, in addition to the Lincoln's White House Mysteries. She lives in the Midwest and is hard at work on her next novel. Learn more at cmgleason.com.
James Anderson Foster has narrated audiobooks for a variety of publishers, across nearly all genres-both fiction and nonfiction. In 2015, he was a finalist in three categories for the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences Voice Arts Awards (Mystery, Science Fiction, and Fantasy).
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Murder At The Capitol is the third book in the Lincoln’s White House Mystery series. It’s July 5th and the streets of Washington, D.C. are filled with revelers heading home from the July 4th celebration and soldiers awaiting orders to head off for their first major battle. A messenger has arrived at the White House with a message for President Lincoln’s confidant and friend, Adam Speed Quinn. Quinn is needed to report to the Capitol Building’s construction site. When he arrives he finds that there is a body hanging from the unfinished dome. He notices that his friend, Sophie Gates, an aspiring newspaper reporter, is there. He also sees Constance Lemange, a Southern belle and sympathizer, someone he has previously met. At first, it appears that the victim had committed suicide. Quinn engages Dr. Hilton to perform an autopsy. Once it is completed he has determined that it was murder. With the help of Sophie, Quinn sets off to learn who might have had it in for the victim. I love historical mystery series and this one in particular. The author provides the reader with a view of what life was like for citizens at the beginning of the Civil War and for President Lincoln. The story is very well-written the characters are very interesting. I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this interesting and informative series.
5th July 1861. After the celebrations of the 4th it is time for Congress to convene, but a body is found hanging from the unfinished dome of the Capitol. Witnessing the scene is Miss Sophie Gates and Miss Constance Lemagne. They ensure that Adam Speed Quinn, aide to the President is called to the building. Soon it is obvious that this is not a suicide. Adam with the help of Sophie investigate, among the rumours of an impending battle. Although the third in the series it can easily be read as a standalone story but I would certainly recommend reading the first two is see the development of the characters and their roles. An interesting and enjoyable well-written historical mystery, with its wide cast of likeable characters.