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Murder and the First Lady (Eleanor Roosevelt #1)
A young woman who is in Mrs. Roosevelt's employ is suspected in the murder of her boyfriend. Mrs. Roosevelt is certain that the young woman (Pamela) is innocent and with the help of a few officials, sets out to prove it. This is not an easy task, since the murdered boyfriend is the son of a Congressman who doesn't take too kindly to Mrs. Roosevelt's involvement, especially ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Avon Books (Mm)
(first published 1984)
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I liked this book. Elliott Roosevelt painted a good picture of his parents while they were living in the White House. Mrs. Roosevelt's tenacity and her enthusiasm for causes in which she believed was quite evident as she investigated a murder charge against a young woman she employed in the White House. I found the descriptions of persons like J. Edgar Hoover very interesting. The cooperation of several important persons with Mrs. Roosevelt and the surprise twists and turns of their investigatio ...more
I stumbled across this book at the Library's annual book sale and kept it in my library for the time I'd be filled with DC inspiration (which was last weekend). Elliott Roosevelt is noted as the author but sources I've checked into state that he probably had ghost writers. Regardless, they've captured Eleanor and Franklin in the persona I imagined them to be. It's a wonderful read, with or without that DC inspiration. I'm anxious to purchase the other books in the series!
The very first in the series. I remember Mrs. Roosevelt even though I was only a child when she died. Her son, Elliott, did her justice in the books he wrote about her. They bring back an era that few of us remember but is recent enough for all of us to have heard of. I have read several of the books in the series but could never find the first three. I have them now and look forward to reading the other two.
This was a simple, fun little mystery. Not much to it, but it was interesting to watch Eleanor Roosevelt meddle in the mystery, and to see her interactions with other historical Washington figures (e.g., FDR, J. Edgar Hoover). We're also given a subtle glimpse into their son's perception of Eleanor & FDR's relationship, fictionalized though it may be.
Nov 19, 2010 Lisa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Lisa by: my Aunt Carol
Towards the end the story line seemed to be on replay. Overall it really was a good story. It was interesting to catch a glimpse into social standards and life during the FDR era. I'd read another book by Elliott Roosevelt should I have the opportunity to get my hands on one.
I loved it! It's a fun peek into the 'war years' of the Roosevelts, and America. Eleanor has always been an interesting and inspiring figure, and now this series adds another playful side to her. Although it's known that her son did not write this, it's still worth a read.
Dec 12, 2014 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This didn't get five stars from me because "Oh my God, this is the Great American Novel." It got five stars from me because it was a good, cozy, mystery read. It starts as one mystery, but then includes other unsolved mysteries and new mysteries; it was well-written (which, sadly, tends to get books bonus points from me. Shouldn't *all* professionally published books be well-written?); it's historical fiction; the characters are well-developed (which, I'm guessing, is a result of being the child ...more
Good detective yarn with Mrs. Roosevelt playing detective. This was a strong start to the series and I enjoyed the story. It was also fun to see real people from history making cameo appearances because they were meeting with the President.
May 13, 2015 Connie N. rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
#1 in the Eleanor Roosevelt series. I liked the mystery, being surprised at the end with the identity of the culprit. It's set in the 1930's, of course, during the White House years of FDR. It's interesting to see Eleanor as the heroine, but quite believable since she is certainly well-known as a strong and independent woman. The book, written in 1984, seemed a bit dated, but it kept my interest. I will definitely read more from this series.
I thought this book would be really cheesy. The idea of a first lady being an amateur sleuth seemed pretty ridiculous, but when I found out that the author is the son of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, curiosity got the better of me. I was pleasantly surprised. It truly kept me guessing until the very end. An unexpected fun read.
Elliott Roosevelt (September 23, 1910 – October 27, 1990) was an United States Army Air Forces officer and an author. Roosevelt was a son of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.More about Elliott Roosevelt...
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