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Murder in the Lincoln White House

(Lincoln's White House Mystery #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  335 ratings  ·  76 reviews
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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Published November 28th 2017 by Kensington
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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
Dec 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's March 4, 1861. Tension is riding high between the northern and southern states. War will soon break out, but for now, it's just rumblings and quiet threats. Newly elected President Abraham Lincoln has been sworn in, and a crowd has gathered for the Inaugural Ball. Fears of assassination or other violence are security around President Lincoln is tight. Allan Pinkerton, head of Lincoln's security team, and three other guards watch the crowd for signs of trouble. Adam Quinn, recover ...more
Stephanie Anze
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Its March 4, 1961, the night of the inagural ball for the newly elected president Abraham Lincoln. The room is packed with men & women, northerners & southerners and allies & enemies alike. President Lincoln is surrounded by a tight team of security led by the experienced Allan Pinkerton. When the body of Custer Billings is found stabbed in a room not too far away from the new president, its not Pinkerton who is summoned but Kansas frontiersman Adam Quinn. Quinn is asked to discreetl ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
I want to give this a very solid 4.5 stars. This was especially well done historical fiction and an incredibly well done mystery! The author does an amazing job at putting you right into the heart of Washington DC during the very first days of Lincoln's presidency. The descriptions of the city and the White House and the clothing were so incredibly clear you could really easily picture yourself standing there observing it all yourself. The mystery was really a good one and the investigation was ...more
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 ...more
Krista Taracuk
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Murder in the LIncoln White House by C.M. Gleason is one of those books that you want to like more than you really do and then spend a ridiculous amount of time trying to talk yourself into wanting to praise what is simple, a good book and a good mystery with fairly typical characters for this time period.

"....I believe now will be the moment where our jack-of-all-trades will step forward and prove himself both versatile and indispensable.'
With a jolt, Adam looked up at Mr. Lincoln, who'd spoke
Jill Wittkopp
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Adam Quinn is our reluctant detective in this mystery series. A frontiersmen that wants nothing to do with big cities or politics finds himself by Mr. Lincoln’s side as he tries to hold the nation together.

This book starts with a murder at Lincoln's inaugural ball and sets off running from there. Instead of the high profile pinkerton detectives set to investigate, Lincoln asks his family friend, Adam Quinn, to discreetly find out what happened. A choice representative of Lincoln’s will to hold
Wit & Wonder Books
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***

In this historical-mystery-fiction novel, Murder in the Lincoln White House by C. M. Gleason, gives us the first installment of the Lincoln's White House Mystery 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.

Leith Devine
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa Maxwell
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
C.M. Gleason introduces us to the conflicted and incredibly complicated world of 1861, when our nation was about to be divided and every ideal it had been based on less than a century earlier put to the test. Gleason deftly introduces us to a Lincoln who is much in the same vein as Daniel Day Lewis's portrayal -- an outwardly simple and straightforward yet inwardly complex man who gains both the reader's and the sleuth's sympathies. Adam Quinn likes and respects Lincoln, and genuinely wants to p ...more
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5. An easy read that kept my attention, and it moved along swiftly. I liked the characters and am looking forward to Mystery #2.
Julie Failla Earhart
I’m a historical fiction buff, especially for the Civil War era and doubly for anything about the Lincolns. It was with bated breath that I opened the cover of this first book in the Adam Quinn series. 

The time is March 4, 1861, Lincoln’s first inauguration. The day has gone rather smoothly…a bomb threat at Lincoln’s podium was thwarted, but otherwise it’s been a peaceful day. Now it’s almost 11 p.m. and the Lincoln’s have…finally…made an appearance at the Inaugural Ball.

While Abe and his belove
Robin Crawford
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent first entry in what appears to be a new series. Can't wait for the next one to come out!
Bridgett Brown
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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 .
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to Goodreads and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read "Murder in the Lincoln White House". The combination of historical fiction, a mysterious killing and a little romance - made for a fun and interesting book.

I think that Adam Quinn will be seen in many more books by C. M. Gleason and I will look forward to reading them when they are available!
nikkia neil
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.

Can't wait to read more from C.M. Gleason. This is just the right combination of mystery, romance, and intrigue. It seems like a unsolvable mystery, but it all comes together in the coolest way. Love the originality of this series.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks Kensington Books and netgalley for this ARC.

You'll never see Lincoln or the White HOuse in quite the same way after reading. this. Loved the way you feel right there in the city and action.
Tina Satterwhite
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it's a quick read, but quite good for something different and entertaining.
Christine Boswell
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As a sweet piece of history within the story. Excellent book! I loved it.
Jeannie Mancini
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While attending President Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball a man is brutally murdered. Stabbed three times and left for dead in a hallway of the newly dubbed White House. Due to more upheaval and political uprisings than he could imagine, Lincoln assigns a newcomer to investigate the crime in order to leave his bodyguards and the Pinkerton Detective Agency to watch over the rest of the city. Abolitionists and Secessionists are monopolizing the city’s interest in 1861, as the topic of slavery cau ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been reading a lot of mysteries set in England lately. So when Murder in the Lincoln White House by C.M. Gleason came across my path, I was excited to read one set in America.
The story is set in Washington DC and begins on March 4, 1861, the day of Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration. Attempts on Lincoln’s life have been suspected and so security during the evenings ball is high. Despite this, a man is found stabbed to death in a room not far from the president. Adam Quinn, a friend of Lincol
I really enjoyed this! An interesting and unique combination of historical fiction and murder mystery.

There were several things that were different about this from what I normally gravitate to. First the main character was male; not that I don't like male narrators, but I somehow tend to pick up books driven by women. But I really connected with Adam Quinn - he was smart and resourceful, and while he didn't want to be in Washington, coming from the Kansas wilderness, he manages just fine with th
Camille Wilson
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the first installment of the new mystery series "Lincoln's White House Mysteries." Newly inaugurated President Abraham Lincoln hires Kansas frontiersman and his best friend's nephew, Adam Quinn, to investigate the murder of a wealthy banker at his first inaugural ball in March 1860. The reader is treated to a bevy of interesting, witty characters before the mystery is solved: Abraham Lincoln, himself, who can spin a yarn like no one else; Adam Quinn, a disabled frontiersman who ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Gayle Slagle
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Murder in the Lincoln White House is a mystery that effectively uses historical facts regarding the early days of the Lincoln presidency. The story begins on the day of Lincoln's inauguration. In attendance with Lincoln is his guard, Allan Pinkerton, his oldest friend Joshua Speed and Speed's nephew, Adam Quin, who is to be Lincoln's assistant and becomes the key player in the novel. During the Inauguration party, a man is found stabbed to death in a room yards from the President. Not wanting to ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bethany Swafford
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
When a murder is discovered at the inauguration ball of President Lincoln, he turns to a young friend from home, Adam Quinn, to investigate. Quinn must search through prejudices, suspicions, and false clues to bring the murderer to justice.

This is a fantastic historical mystery. From the start, I very much enjoyed Adam Quinn's character. He was clever and thorough in searching for clues. He used his experience from tracking animals to analyze and think through each step he took.

The supporting c
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