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The Body in the Ballroom: An Alice Roosevelt Mystery Hardcover – June 12, 2018
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"Koreto’s second Alice Roosevelt mystery manages to be accessible while conveying an authentic period feel. The two investigators are delightful, and the historical figures sprinkled throughout the tale never overwhelm the plot.”
“A series that began with the incredible, Alice and the Assassin continues with this great tale that is the perfect combination of history and suspense. This is one new “star” that readers hope will continue to solve crimes and influence people for many books to come.”
Praise for Alice and the Assassin:
“Alice and the Assassin is a great debut in a new series for fans of historical mystery. I loved spending time with feisty Alice Roosevelt in her role as a sleuth, and in the company of her sharp young Secret Service Agent, Mr. St. Clair. It’s a delightful read and left me wanting more.”
—Linda Fairstein, NYT bestselling author of the Alexandra Cooper mysteries
"R.J. Koreto gives us a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the Roosevelts in this intriguing whodunit. Alice is a feisty, independent woman of her time, and her bodyguard, Mr. St. Clair, is a perfect foil with his calm demeanor and dry humor. Smooth writing and an eye for detail adds to this captivating mystery."
—Kate Kingsbury, national bestselling author of the Pennyfoot Hotel mysteries
“The premise and the depictions of the turn-of-the-century Manhattan melting pot shine, heralding a promising series.”
“The first daughter’s lively personality, her chemistry with her Secret Service agent, and Koreto’s...detailed knowledge of turn-of-the century New York City make for an entertaining series debut.”
“This is a fun start to a new series, with characters that will leave readers hungry for more. Alice Roosevelt...is endearing in her own feisty, irreverent way. Joseph St. Clair...makes an entertaining and sexy cowboy counterpart. Their back-and-forth banter is smartly hilarious and...their investigative skills are well-plotted and well-paced.”
—RT Book Reviews
“A delightful book...The fictionalized Alice is an entertaining creation and one of whom the actual Alice probably would’ve approved.”
—NY Journal of Books
"This is a really fun ride ...this is the very first title in what looks to be an incredible new series."
“A gripping look at Manhattan, politics, and big business at the turn of the century...[An] entertaining mystery.”
—Reviewing the Evidence
About the Author
- Publisher : Crooked Lane Books (June 12, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1683315774
- ISBN-13 : 978-1683315773
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.3 x 1.03 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #829,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author totally captures the spirit of Alice Roosevelt! The exasperated staff (and even a brief appearance of her father during his presidency), the kinds of attitudes held by certain segments of the public, and her penchant for pushing the envelope all ring true based on public accounts. But this is fiction, and fascinating, as is the construction of the investigation into the murders and a number of side issues as well. The publisher's blurb gives hints and there is no need for spoilers, but that can't begin to prepare you for all the laughs! There are lots of twists, suspense, and red herrings, and lots of hilarious situational and verbal humor. I really loved this fun read!
I requested and was lucky to receive a free review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Today I bought a copy!
Alice is at a society ball when one of the guests dies suddenly. She immediately summons St. Clair to take charge of the scene until Captain O'Hara and the NYC police arrive. And she's off--after the discovery the guest, an "unreliable" personage, was murdered, Alice is determined to solve the crime.
My favorite part of this book is Alice herself. Koreto manages to recreate Alice’s effervescent and spirited personality, and Alice is so real she almost leaps off the pages. The author opens with a fabulous quote of Alice’s: “If you haven’t got anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me.” This quote is perfect for the story that unfolds in The Body on the Ballroom. I also really like that the story is told in first person from the viewpoint of St. Clair. He is a clever choice to narrate and is very effective. My one small caveat is that while at times I was questioning small aspects of the story that seemed maybe out of place or unlikely to have been accurate for the time period, I enjoyed the story so much that I just ignored those minor issues. The book is a ton of fun to read, and I love both the characters and the plot.
People always say that history repeats itself, and I kept conjuring up that saying as I read The Body in the Ballroom. New York City’s immigrant community had blossomed in the years prior to the time period in this book. Much like the issues the United States is facing today, this change in the cultural and ethnic makeup of the city at the beginning of the 1900’s threatened some individuals in power and cause them to create anti-immigrant groups and policies. Roosevelt’s invitation for Booker T. Washington’s to visit the White House and Washington’s subsequent visit sparked outrage in some parts of the country, and various ethnic groups were targeted just based on their ethnicity or color. While thankfully we have made some progress, the immigrant issue has come blazing to the forefront again almost 120 years later.
I very much enjoyed reading The Body in the Ballroom and recommend it to anyone who loves a fun mystery.
Alice Roosevelt and her intrepid bodyguard, Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, have been reunited and sent back to New York for the social season. When a man is poisoned at the coming-out ball of one of Alice’s friends, Alice can’t help but get involved in the investigation. As they dig deeper into the man’s death, Alice and St. Clair find rumors of a secret society, and a surplus of suspects. It seems a lot of people had good reason to wish the victim dead…
R.J. Koreto writes a great female protagonist. In this series, he bases his leading lady on real-life Alice Roosevelt, daughter of President Teddy Roosevelt, and verifiable hellion. Koreto brings the plain-talking, cigarette-smoking, taboo-busting Alice into a great historical mystery plot and lets her loose.
The first book had some rough areas, which can usually be attributed to the difficulty inherent in introducing a new world and new characters without sacrificing plot and pacing. Happily, this installment is a fun, engaging ride, with Alice and St. Clair hitting their respective strides. Fans of historical mysteries will find a lot to like in Alice Roosevelt.
An advance copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.