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Murder in Georgetown (An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery) Hardcover – October, 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
-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
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Calling her friend, police Lieutenant Edward Kennelly, Eleanor joins the investigation. However, by 1935, the President finds his administration battling with Congress over various social issues such as Social Security. Knowing he needs to stay squeaky clean, Franklin warns Eleanor not to embarrass him by crossing any questionable lines when she makes her inquiries into the Jessica case. The case turns more complex as two more murders occur. Eleanor believes that if they do not act quickly, the true killer, will escape.
The fun of MURDER IN GEORGETOWN lies in author Elliot Roosevelt's ability to provide insight into numerous historical figures, especially that of his parents. The who-done-it is very simplistic but entertaining. Historical mystery buffs will enjoy seeing the interrelationships of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, their personal staff, and several famous people such as Joseph Kennedy and Huey Long. It is that insider's glimpse that makes Mr. Roosevelt's Eleanor mysteries so enthralling.