8 Presidential Mysteries

It's President's Day! Celebrate the history of our Commander in Chief with these excerpts and reviews of 8 great presidential mysteries. 

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy 

The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy by Jacopo Della Quercia is a historical-fiction, steampunk, sci-fi, comedy-noir mashup that features a globetrotting President Taft and Robert Todd Lincoln.

Read an excerpt of The Great Abraham Lincoln Pocket Watch Conspiracy here.


Roosevelt's Beast

Roosevelt's Beast by Louis Bayard is a historical reimagining of a torturous 1914 scientific expedition to the Amazon, in which Theodore Roosevelt and his son Kermit are kidnapped by an unknown tribe who demand they hunt a mysterious and horrible beast.

Read Jenny Maloney's Fresh Meats review of Roosevelt's Beast here.


Patriot Threat

Patriot Threat by Steve Berry is the 11th Cotton Malone political thriller where a North Korean operative obtains files that could ruin the United States.

Listen to an audio excerpt of Patriot Threat here.


The President's Shadow

The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer is the third book in the Culper Ring Series about a 200-year-old secret society tasked with protecting the Presidency.

Read the prologue and the first 5 chapters of The President's Shadow here.


Father Night

Father Night by Eric Van Lustbader is a spy thriller in the Jack McClure/Alli Carson series.

Read Dirk Robertson's Fresh Meats review of Father Night here.


The Presidents and UFOs

The Presidents and UFOs: A Secret History from FDR to Obama by Larry Holcombe is an extensive look into the history of UFOs in the United States and the secrets hidden by the country's presidents.

Read an excerpt from The Presidents and UFOs here.


The Hour of Peril

The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower is a work of historical narrative non-fiction.

Listen to an audio excerpt of The Hour of Peril here.



Collision by William S. Cohen is a thriller featuring a National Security Advisor caught up in a crime that could very well end humankind.

Read an excerpt of Collision here.


  1. RonB

    To my mind, the best novel of this sort, hands down, is The Cosgrove Report by G.J.A. O’Toole. Its subtitle gives a sense of its premise: Being a Private Inquiry by a Pinkerton Detective into the Death of President Lincoln. Its got a compelling plot, impressive research, great writing, unexpected touches of humor and a marvelous twist in the tale. I’ve read it twice (several decades apart) and may well read it again! First published in 1979, it was mercifully brought back into print some years ago and is still available in both paperback and ebook. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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