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The Lincoln Deception Book Review

Updated: Feb 17, 2023

There is a small mystery bookshop located across the street from a cornfield. It's name is the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop and I have contributed a few book reviews to their quarterly newsletter. Here is my book review on The Lincoln Deception by David O. Stewart.



Warning: This book will most likely lead to hand cramping and sleep deprivation due to its addictive nature and inability to be put down.

The year is 1900, and it has been thirty five years since one of America’s most beloved Presidents, Abraham Lincoln, was shot and killed by actor John Wilkes Booth. Most of the country has been led to believe that this Confederate loyalist acted alone in the assassination, but when Dr. Fraser hears the dying words of the man who prosecuted the case, his curiosity is hooked and he decides to dig deeper into the matter.

Along the way of his amateur sleuthing, he acquires the useful assistance and a unique friendship of a man named Speed Cook, a black baseball player that was shoved out of the major leagues and is looking to start a colored newspaper. These two people, very different in many aspects of their lives, forge an unlikely alliance in an attempt to quench their thirst for the truth, resulting in a gamble with their very lives as they threaten to expose decades old secrets that some people would deem best forgotten. Their journey takes them from Ohio to Indiana, New York, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. as they make their way in trying to solve the greatest mystery of 19th century America.

With a plot that is as wonderfully complex as life itself, the conspiracies surrounding President Lincoln’s Assissination come to life in an inspired masterpiece of intertwined events being viewed through the perspectives of two relatable characters. Personally, I found this book to be humorous and thoroughly delightful to read. Strong language is not overly utilized and the storyline follows along more of the basis for a classic mystery. Throughout the course of this novel, there are multitudes of people that come into the frame and there are various events happening simultaneously, so I would caution that there is a lot to follow as you ride beside them on their adventure while they try to decipher who the puppet master was behind the dastardly crime that went down in history.


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