Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Pen to Paper where we post about one book that has been hanging out on our wish list (either for a long time, or not so long)
Over the last few months, I’ve been really bad about staying in the loop on upcoming books that might be interesting to me. Its not for lack of interest, but rather lack of time, so a lot of my recommendations recently have been coming from fellow bloggers and this weeks is no different. I actually came across this weeks Wishlist Wednesday only yesterday, but I did something that I rarely do and pre-ordered it almost immediately (and by that, I mean, as soon as I could click over the Amazon and buy it).
Hanging Mary – Susan Higginbotham
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Meet Mary Surratt, the woman who could have saved Lincoln. Find out what stopped her in this vivid reimagining of Lincoln’s assassination
In 1864 Washington, one has to be careful with talk of secession. Better to speak only when in the company of the trustworthy, like Mrs. Surratt. A widow who runs a small boarding house, Mary Surratt isn’t half as committed to the cause as her son, Johnny. If he’s not escorting veiled spies, he’s inviting home men like John Wilkes Booth, the actor who is even more charming in person than he is on the stage. But when President Lincoln is killed, the question of what Mary knew becomes more important than anything else.
Why I can’t wait?
Having not grown up in the US, my knowledge of Lincoln’s assassination was pretty sparse – I mean, everyone knows basically what happened, but I didn’t know who all the other players in the conspiracy were until I went to a presentation at Ford Theatre a couple of years ago. Around the same time, I discovered that I actually lived only about 20 minutes from Samuel Mudd’s house (Mudd was the doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth and was sentenced to prison for it). So this is an area of history that I find interesting. So a story from the perspective of Mary Surratt, the first woman put to death by the US Federal Gov’t for being part of the plot, is right up my alley.
Unfortunately, I have to wait until March to read it…(pouty face)…