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Murder in the East Room
     

Murder in the East Room

by Elliott Roosevelt
 

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In 1940, the world was hurtling toward war. And in Washington, D.C., the First Lady was hunting for a killer.

Fine food and drink are not a hallmark of FDR's White House. But bad bubbly isn't the reason Senator Vance Gibson staggers away from a state dinner. Moments after his departure, the man is dead in the East Room, his throat slit from ear to ear.

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In 1940, the world was hurtling toward war. And in Washington, D.C., the First Lady was hunting for a killer.

Fine food and drink are not a hallmark of FDR's White House. But bad bubbly isn't the reason Senator Vance Gibson staggers away from a state dinner. Moments after his departure, the man is dead in the East Room, his throat slit from ear to ear.

The world is being engulfed by the flames of war. The British have been defeated at Dunkirk and France is collapsing. While FDR agonizes over a third term, and the White House is invaded by movers, shakers, and plotters, the First Lady can't help but investigate the murder of Senator Gibson, a man who was irresistible to women, including Greta Garbo herself. Examining the suspects, from jealous husbands to a corrupt politician, Eleanor finds herself in a steamy world of sex and secrets. But for the President's wife, the most shocking truth is yet to come.

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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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