Murder in the East Room

Murder in the East Room

by Elliott Roosevelt
     
 

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In this, the twelfth detective novel written by Elliott Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt is the First Lady of crime detection steadfastly seeking to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. The year is 1940. Great Britain is withdrawing its expeditionary force from the beaches at Dunkirk. American isolationists openly predict that Hitler will invade and conquer England… See more details below

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In this, the twelfth detective novel written by Elliott Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt is the First Lady of crime detection steadfastly seeking to protect the innocent and punish the guilty. The year is 1940. Great Britain is withdrawing its expeditionary force from the beaches at Dunkirk. American isolationists openly predict that Hitler will invade and conquer England before the summer is over. The biggest question in the U.S.: Will Franklin D. Roosevelt seek an unprecendented third term as President of the United States? A State dinner at the White House. White tie. Vance Gibson, a handsome, up-and-coming senator, perhaps with presidential ambitions of his own, leaves his table, complaining he is ill. His wife, Amelia, rises and follows him. A few minutes later the entire White House rings with anguished screams. Running into the East Room, Mrs. Roosevelt follows just behind the Secret Service men who find Senator Gibson lying dead on the floor in a pool of blood. His shrieking wife kneels beside him, his blood soaking her gown. Once again, Mrs. Roosevelt assumes the now-familiar role given to her by her son Elliott. In her own inimitable way, the First Lady turned sleuth gets to the bottom of a complex, intriguing political mystery.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The latest of Elliott Roosevelt's ( New Deal for Death ) posthumous mysteries starring his mother, Eleanor, as sleuth offers more tantalizingly risque glimpses into the First Family's personal lives than previous titles did. In 1940, Idaho Senator Vance Gibson, feeling a little queasy, leaves a White House party only to be found by his wife Amelia in the East Room with his throat slit. Eleanor soothes the distraught widow and vows to do everything in her power to see that the killer is caught. Again teaming up with chief of the D.C. homicide division Edward Kennelly and Secret Service agent Gerald Baines, Eleanor learns that Gibson had made many enemies with his proposed insurance bill and that he had shared his bed with at least two women other than his wife. The trio probes the senator's private and political affairs, as well as those of other guests who had attended the White House dinner. At the same time, FDR tries to decide whether to run for President again and the Germans creep closer to Paris. Adding considerable spice to the tale are delicately intimate scenes featuring Eleanor with her companion, Lorena Hickock, and others in which, for instance, FDR and his secretary Missy LeHand snuggle in bed watching a John Wayne movie. (Nov.)
From the Publisher
"Steadily entertaining." —Kirkus

"Roosevelt conveys a wonderfully intimate and authentic picture of the FDR White House and its inhabitants...Well-plotted, entertaining, and full of ambience." —Booklist

"Page-turning." —Baton Rouge, LA Advocate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781587240201
Publisher:
Cengage Gale
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery Series, #12
Pages:
246
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.55(d)

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