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Murder at the Capitol

(Lincoln's White House Mystery #3)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  30 ratings  ·  13 reviews
In July 1861, just months after the Battle of Fort Sumter plunges the young nation into civil war, President Lincoln's top priority is to unite the country, while Adam Quinn finds himself on the trail of a murderer . . .

On Independence Day, the citizens of Washington, DC, are celebrating as if there isn't a war on. But the city is teeming with green Union recruits while
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Murder at the Capitol is C.M. Gleason's third Lincoln's White House Mystery. She writes of Washington, D.C. at the beginning of the war with images I never really thought about. D.C. was really a small town in 1861, and a southern small town even more than it was a northern town. That never dawned on me. It was a town filled with spies, southerners, Union troops waiting to go to war, and people with opposing viewpoints about slavery. It was a diverse city, on the eve of civil war.

Helen Howerton
In Murder at the Capitol, C.M. Gleason’s third “Lincoln White House Mystery,” it’s 1861 - and the country is at war. A man is found hanged in the under-construction capitol building. We know he’s been murdered, it’s not suicide as someone would like us to believe. Adam Quinn, our series protagonist is called in as investigator.

Washington is a city besieged -- by northern soldiers. It’s going to be difficult to find a murderer in a city swelled to bursting. The dead man had apparently come in to
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
July 4, 1861 Washington, D.C. and the city is bursting at the seams with troops almost shoulder to shoulder, streets impassable and gun fire and cannons going off night and day. The troops are itching to get into a battle but nobody can say when that will happen. Lincoln is trying to make it a short event but, as we know, it will last four years - April 12, 1861 to April 9, 1865. The Dome of the Capitol is under construction and Lincoln is in talks with his War Department. Then a murder ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's July 4, 1861 and tensions are running high in Washington, DC, as everyone anticipates the first large battle of the Civil War. In Murder at the Capitol by C.M. Gleason, it is expected the battle will take place at Manassas Junction near Bull Run, but Union generals don't think their troops are ready.

Young reporter Sophie Gates is headed to the Capitol for a session of the Senate. No sooner does she arrive when she is greeted by Constance Lemagne, a Southern belle living in Washington.
Kathleen Gray
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun historical mystery set in 1861 Washington, DC, and featuring, well the murder of Pinebar Bluffs at the Capitol. Adam Quinn, a confident of Lincoln investigates, along with Sophie Gates, who found the body and with whom he has a challenging relationship. This isn't as simple as it might seem because WDC in this period was a swamp (yes literally and figuratively both) filled with competing parties, spies, and bad acts. Add in Dr. George Hilton, a lot of small players and, who is Constance ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Krista Taracuk
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enigmatic Adam Quinn, who lost his left forearm in the Kansas battles between anti-slavery and pro-slavery factions, is once again called upon to solve a murder in the nation’s capital. In July of 1861, Pinebar Tufts is found hanging in the unfinished Capitol building which leads to a confusing mishmash of events.

The third book in the Lincoln White Mystery series finds the friend and trusted confidante of Abraham Lincoln trying to solve multiple murders and deal with blackmail, spies, and
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good historical mystery, an enjoyable and engrossing story.
I liked the well researched historical background, the solid mystery and the cast of characters.
I look forward to reading other books in this series.
Many thanks to Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't read the other books in this series, but I'll have to circle back. This is well done overall. The plot is engaging, and the historical aspects help add to the total package. The author's talent shows through quite well, and includes a number of characters. Recommended for historical mystery fans.

Thanks very much for the ARC for review!!
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It is always amazing to me when reading a historical fiction book how many people thought the Civil War would be over after a battle or two. The same with WWI novels. I love Adam and Sophie and even Constance, such interesting characters. The mystery was well done. I'm looking forward to the next book!
On Independence Day 1861, the citizens of Washington, D.C., are celebrating as if the country hasn't gone to war. The city is teeming with Union recruits, and President Lincoln is working with his War Department to end the conflict quickly.
The next morning, a dead body is found hanging from the crane beneath the unfinished dome of the Capitol. Lincoln's confidant Adam Speed Quinn is called upon to investigate. Working with Dr. George Hilton and journalist Sophie Gates, he discovers that the
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Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
An interesting read with historical background.
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