Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt is on her way back to the U.S. aboard the great liner Normandie, when a Russian Ambassador collapses and dies, the victim of strychnine poisoning. Mrs. Roosevelt tries to help identify the murderer.
Eleanor Roosevelt investigates the murder of the White House bookkeeper, in order to prove her secretary is not guilty of the crime.
From the Eleanor Roosevelt series, sprightlier (and sexier) than many of the earlier installments. Braintruster Horace Blackwell came to Washington with FDR in 1933, living in a guest room across the hall from Roosevelt's suite. Just months later, his naked, repeatedly stabbed body is found there by an African American White House maid--whom the prim Secret Service man and blowsy D.C. cop in charge of the case quickly nab for murder. The First Lady demands a further (though low-profile) investigation, which reveals Blackwell as a scoundrel and sadist. It is full of the series' offhand insights into New Deal history and vivid glimpses of 1930s celebrities.
Chaos erupts when the body of a White House police officer is found at the president's bedroom door. Eleanor uncovers numerous suspicious characters and motives, but can she stop a killer before he makes an attempt on FDR's life?
Recently, I became increasingly perturbed over a twisting of facts which has led far too many people to regard Father as a cardboard puppet, manipulated by anyone with the urge to try, dependent on Mother for strength and wisdom. She, in turn, is looked upon as a latter-day Joan of Arc, incapable of error or sin. Neither portrait contains the faintest element of truth. Mother, whose idolaters are largely responsible for this mangling of the record of yesterday, would have been among the first to acknowledge that.
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