The first book in the Lincoln and Speed series. It is a historical fiction that is based on Lincoln lawyer cases. This book background is early Springfield. Joshua Speed is a son of a wealthy plantation owner who is sent to the town to work in the store. A young lawyer, Abraham Lincoln is his bed partner above the store. Joshua has an affair with a woman store owner, Rebecca Harriman in a nearby town. After it ends she takes in her niece and nephew. Her niece is murdered and later the nephew is also killed. Speed has a surprise as his sister, Martha has convinced their father to allow her to visit her friend, Molly who married the sheriff and is expecting their first child. Martha brings with her a slave who is a midwife.
The Sheriff feels the Widow Harriman is guilty of the murders. Lincoln is her lawyer, his first murder case. The book has many twist and turns before the guilty party is exposed. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND SERIES.