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Murder in Georgetown : an Eleanor Roosevelt mystery
Roosevelt, Elliot, 1910-
Personal Author:
First St. Martin's Press Minotaur edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's, 1999.
Physical Description:
230 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Thomas Dunne book"--T.p. verso.
Reading Level:
770 Lexile.
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC High School 5.3 12 Quiz: 20781 Guided reading level: NR.
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Concord Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Lancaster Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Orchard Park Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense

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When the newest member of the Federal Treasury Board is found naked in his Georgetown townhouse with a hole in his head and an earring belonging to his latest mistress on the floor next to him, Lt. Kennelly of the Washington, D.C., police force is convinced he's looking at an easy conviction. Which probably would have been the case if Eleanor Roosevelt hadn't gotten involved.

Jessica Dee, the dead man's mistress, claims she had nothing to do with the murder. Mrs. Roosevelt believes her, which gives her no choice but to open her own investigation. She gradually uncovers a trail of clues that lead from the bloody back alleys of washington to the genteel duplicity of the Boston banking world, a web of deceit and passion which centers on a mysterious woman with flaming red hair and a fondness for murder.

Author Notes

Elliott Roosevelt, son of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born in New York City on September 23, 1910.

He was a brigadier general in the Air Force during World War II, and held a variety of jobs, including Advertising Executive, Editor, Radio Broadcaster, and President of a company.

His books range from an insider's view of his famous family to mystery novels set at the White House.

Roosevelt died on October 27, 1990.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The late Elliott Roosevelt, oldest son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, have both used Washington, D.C., as the setting for long-running mystery series, although Roosevelt usually limits the action to rooms in the White House while Truman ranges throughout the city. In this posthumously published adventure, however, Roosevelt moves the action to Georgetown (a locale previously used by Truman). This time the newest member of the Federal Treasury Board has been murdered, and his mistress, Jessica Dee, who works for Huey Long and got her job with Eleanor Roosevelt's help, stands accused. Eleanor dons her amateur sleuth hat yet again and comes to Jessica's aid. The main attraction here, as throughout the series, is watching the various celebrities cavorting about the crime scene. (Joseph Kennedy Sr. gives Eleanor a hand in the investigation, and the victim's wife was having an affair with Douglas MacArthur.) Roosevelt was a clumsy writer, but Eleanor-as-sleuth remains a winning premise. Truman is a much slicker scribe than Roosevelt, and her series relies less on name-dropping. In this complicated tale of skullduggery among the stacks at the Library of Congress, the only famous name, other than the author's, is Christopher Columbus. Pre-Columbian art expert Annabel Smith has been asked to write an article on a second diary of Columbus' voyage--if such an artifact really exists. Her research takes her into the inner workings of LC and leads to the discovery of illicit payoffs and the solutions to a pair of murders, one old, one new. Add this one to your short list of library crime novels. --Budd Arthur

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like its predecessors (Murder in the Map Room, etc.), this latest (and posthumously published) mystery by the son of Eleanor and Franklin portrays the First Lady engaged in D.C. crime fighting while carrying out her White House duties. When Sargent Peavy, a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, is found murdered in his Georgetown home, police detective Lt. Edward Kennelly arrests Peavy's lover, Jessica, a staff member in Louisiana Senator Huey Long's office. The First Lady, who placed Jessica in Long's office, doubts the girl's guilt. She works with Kennelly to find out if Jessica really did shoot the man. After learning that Peavy had broken off with Jessica because his wife strongly objected to the affair, they hear rumors that he had taken up with a stunning, mysterious woman who has caught the eye of even Joe Kennedy. When a hitman is killed with the same pistol that shot Peavy, the mob connection adds a new element to the puzzle. While publicly entertaining celebrities such as H.L. Mencken, W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers, Eleanor goes undercover to interrogate suspects and does her own brand of cerebral sleuthing with the help of a chalkboard listing of possible motives. Fans who enjoy constant name-dropping and tidbits about the famous and infamous won't mind the cardboard characters or thin plot, as long as FDR and Missy end up in bed together and Eleanor and Lorena Hickock exchange at least one steamy note. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

-Eleanor Roosevelt comes to the rescue of a lovely young woman who is wrongly accused of murder. As the First Lady investigates the circumstances surrounding the crime, readers discover that she has helped to place the accused in a job where she can spy on the President's rivals. Through personal interactions among the Roosevelts, their staff, friends, and business associates, readers are treated to unique insights into the White House in the 1930s. New Deal history comes alive as do famous personalities in this easy-to-read mystery. Despite a pat ending, this entertaining whodunit is an enjoyable read.-Anita Short, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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