Author: Timothy O’Brien
Title: The Lincoln Conspiracy
Description: Washington D.C. police detective Temple McFadden happens to be at the wrong place at the wrong time; he sees a man murdered and ends up with a couple of documents that two powerful, clever, and possibly lethal men want really bad. Lincoln has just been assassinated, and Booth shot, but the Capitol is still buzzing with the aftermath of the crime and the challenges of reforming a nation after the Civil War. When the documents appear to have information about Lincoln’s assassination, McFadden decides to keep them and try to discover why people are so eager to get them.
Review source: Library Thing Early Reviewers
Plot: I love how O’Brien brought in actual historical characters; the research here seemed meticulous and the characters interact with “real people” in an entirely believable way (check out the story of Elizabeth Keckley). There are plenty of plot twists; it took me awhile to figure out what was actually going on, but O’Brien ties it all together by the end.
Characters: The characters are probably the reason I enjoyed this book so much. I loved the main character and his wife and their friend Augustus; McFadden seems to have devoted friends all over Washington, and they all add color to the story.
Writing style: O’Brien keeps the plot moving but doesn’t neglect character or historical detail to do it.
Audience: Mystery fans, Lincoln buffs, those who like historical fiction.
Wrap-up: You can probably tell I like this book an awful lot. I would read any books in this series that O’Brien writes in the future. 5/5*