Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy O'Brien

Temple McFadden, a Met detective, mistakenly comes into possession of two valuable diaries days after Lincoln is assassinated. The two diaries belong to Mary Todd Lincoln and James Wilkes Booth. These diaries reveal the sinister plots of those who wanted to assassinate the President and how much the government was involved. But Temple isn't the only one who wants these diaries. The Union Spy Network, the Pinkertons and others want to these diaries for their own sinister purposes, and they are willing to kill to obtain these diaries. With the help of his nurse wife, Fiona,  and their famous friends, Temple tries to stay alive and in possession of the diaries.

This detective book weaves readers in and out of the Capitol in precarious days. With danger all around and coming from all directions, Temple McFadden becomes a hero. Carrying a cane instead of a gun, quick-thinking Temple makes for a fun adventure. Fiona and the other characters round out the story. The plot was full of twists and turns, but somehow Temple always manages (more or less) to stay one step ahead of the others. Thought I'm not a huge mystery fan, I really enjoyed this book. The historical accurate characters and exciting plot make this book a great read!!

I received this book from the Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. You can see the schedule here.

Timothy L. O’Brien is the Executive Editor of The Huffington Post, where he edited the 2012 Pulitzer Prize–winning series about wounded war veterans, “Beyond the Battlefield.” Previously, he was an editor and reporter at The New York Times. There, he helped to lead a team of Times reporters that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 2009 for coverage of the financial crisis. O’Brien, a graduate of Georgetown University, holds three master's degrees -- in US History,Business and Journalism -- all from Columbia University. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

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