Murder in the Blue Room Author:Elliott Roosevelt It is 1942. Mrs. Roosevelt and schoolchildren discuss bombs. Louis Howe, the President's confidant, has been dead for six years. Missy LeHand is ill. The Soviet Foreign Minister, Molotov, is visiting. The Russians bring their own vodka to the cocktail party. They are suspicious of the shaker of martinis. — A golden blonde appears in the Blue Room... more ». The Secret Service is summoned. The death is not accidental. Her name is Emily Ryan. She was twenty eight years old and an orphan. Miss Ryan worked for Stephen Early, the President's Press Secretary.
The President studies a map of the Pacific theater with Admiral King. Miss Ryan was in the White House earlier in the day delivering papers from Early's office. The next day Abbot and Costello and Betty Grable and Spencer Tracy are met by Mrs. Roosevelt and Hap Arnold on the White House lawn to receive their entertainer plaques.
Next, Emily's friend, Peggy Shearson dies. Peggy presented herself at the White House as Emily's closest associate. Miss Ryan, it is learned, dated one of the officers assigned to the White House, Lieutenant Donald Pettengill. Peggy Shearson also knew Lieutenant Pettengill. The First Lady becomes concerned when she finds out that an intruder has entered the Blue Room. The person Mrs. Roosevelt glimpses is wearing khaki.
It seems that Emily had saved her carbon paper and by such means slipped stories to a radio commentator. Mrs. Roosevelt discovers that Don Pettengill, (his mother was a Cabot), is engaged to be married to Barbara Lowell. Armed with such knowledge she begins to unravel this ably told mystery.« less