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The Body in the Ballroom by R.J. Koreto
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Alice Roosevelt is at it again in "The Body in the Ballroom", the second in R.J. Koreto’s series “starring” Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter, who was a “media darling” of the early 1900s in the United States. (If Alice was alive today she would have her own reality TV show and a vast Twitter following, indubitably.)

This mystery is once again set among the hoi polloi of New York. When a member of this American aristocracy, albeit a despised one, is murdered, his peers are very, very happy to let sleeping dogs (literally and figuratively) lie. Which might be good enough for someone who isn’t the daughter of the President of the United States. Especially when the eyes of the police fall on an African-American mechanic who just happens to have argued with the un-lamented deceased. Added by her long-suffering bodyguard Joseph St. Clair, she sets out to find the culprit, along the way rubbing shoulders with every level of society and uncovering a mysterious group of men who are quite willing to do anything necessary to achieve their (dubious) aims.

As in the first book, Alice is a wonderfully realized, a fully alive character, and Joe St. Clair ain’t far behind. The author uses the “real” Alice to full effect, bringing to his readers someone who we truly would be privileged to know. I look forward to further adventures.

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the copy of this book, in exchange for this review.
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Reading Progress

April 1, 2018 – Started Reading
April 20, 2018 – Shelved
April 20, 2018 – Finished Reading

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