Murder at Midnight

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Fresh from an eventful vacation in a French chateau, the First Lady of Mystery is back on familiar ground, investigating murder and mayhem in Washington, D.C. The trouble begins when wealthy Judge Horace Blackwell is found murdered in his White House suite. The obvious suspect is black housekeeper Sara Carter - yet the young woman swears she is innocent. After police officials carry Sara off to jail, the ever-conscientious Eleanor is determined to seek justice. But can she catch the real killer without becoming a...
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Overview

Fresh from an eventful vacation in a French chateau, the First Lady of Mystery is back on familiar ground, investigating murder and mayhem in Washington, D.C. The trouble begins when wealthy Judge Horace Blackwell is found murdered in his White House suite. The obvious suspect is black housekeeper Sara Carter - yet the young woman swears she is innocent. After police officials carry Sara off to jail, the ever-conscientious Eleanor is determined to seek justice. But can she catch the real killer without becoming a victim herself? As Eleanor crosses paths with everyone from William Faulkner to General Douglas MacArthur, readers will travel along a nostalgic timeline through our nation's history.
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Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Published posthumously, the latest Eleanor Roosevelt mystery penned by her son finds the first lady once again investigating a murder. Judge Horace Blackwell, friend and adviser to the president, is stabbed to death in his White House suite, and Sara Carter, a black maid, is arrested after finding the body. After promising the girl a fair hearing and gaining the confidence of lead investigator Lawrence Pickering, Eleanor takes an active role. Her doubts about Sara's guilt lead to some disturbing discoveries, not least of which is that the judge appears to have been a sadistic womanizer. Suspects include George McKibben, petty criminal with a grudge against Blackwell, hit man Chickie Pepino and several of the judge's lady friends, as well as his secretary, Barbara Higgins. A second murder in the White House calls into question the safety of President Roosevelt himself as the first lady perseveres to find the killer. Peopled with famous lights of 1933, including Babe Ruth, William Faulkner and Gertrude Stein, Washington, D.C., is bought to life in the mirror of the White House. There are few slow moments in this tale, which gathers to an Agatha Christie-like ending with all the suspects assembled to hear Eleanor's conclusion.
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Another of Roosevelt's posthumous stories (Murder in the Chateau, 1996, etc.)—this one set in the early days of FDR's first term, when a so-called Brain Trust was helping the President's efforts to solve the country's crucial problems. One of that esteemed group is Judge Horace Blackwell from New York. He has been a guest in a second-floor bedroom of the White House for several weeks when he's found, late one night, stabbed to death. Sara Carter, the young black maid who discovers the body, is promptly arrested by Secret Service agent Lawrence Pickering, despite the protestations of Eleanor Roosevelt, who declares herself an unofficial member of the investigating team. Blackwell, it soon appears, was a charismatic, sadistic roué, with a string of high- and low-placed sex partners. He also had some bitter enemies among the big-time mobsters back in New York. A couple of mob henchmen have now surfaced in Washington, for what purpose Pickering can't fathom, until the night Achille "Chickie" Pepino is found shot to death in a White House corridor. Confusion reigns until Eleanor gets the help of an expert to verify her suspicion of the killer's identity and proves to be right on target.

All of this plays out side by side with glimpses of world and national events and the ongoing business of the presidency, lending piquancy and historical interest to a well-honed plot. One of the best in the series.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312965549
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery Series, #16
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 4.23 (w) x 6.79 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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