It’s July,1861 in Washington, DC and political tensions are running high. There are thousands of troops in town, and President Lincoln is hoping for a decisive battle to bring the Civil War to a quick end.

The president’s confidant, Adam Quinn, is called to the Capitol the day after Independence Day when Congress reconvenes and a body is found hanging from a crane being used to construct the building’s dome. First impressions suggest a suicide, but Quinn’s keen eye along with assistance from journalist Sophie Gates and Dr. George Hilton’s detailed autopsy reveals the victim was murdered. Quinn and Gates are soon on the trail of what led to the murder and who killed the victim.

There are plenty of adventures in addition to solving the murder as Quinn and Gates help find the president’s missing sons and uncover a Southern female spy ring.

This historical is the third in a series and its intriguing premise, detailed historical research and interesting characters do not disappoint. I look forward to more tales of Quinn and Gates’ adventures and anticipate reading the first two books in the series as well.

5 stars