Murder and the First Lady Author:Elliott Roosevelt By 1939, Franklin Roosevelt had faced many crises, and even the murder of a White House staffer by the First Lady's young English secretary is a minor problem compared to the war about to break out in Europe. — The First Lady, however, is convinced, despite the overwhelming evidence against Pamela Rush-Hodgeborn, that the girl is innocent. And r... more »arely has an accused had such a dogged investigator on her side. To save her young friend from the electric chair, Eleanor Roosevelt takes on the Mob, Hoover of the F.B.I., and an unconvinced chief inspector from Scotland Yard. Determined to absolve Pamela, Mrs. Roosevelt goes undercover--coping grandly with a strip joint, a gambling club, and six shots of raw Kentucky bourbon, as she hunts down the wily murderer (learning along the way, how to crack a safe).
A British countess and Southern aristocrats, FDR and a young Lyndon Johnson, a master thief and a fortune in missing jewels--these and much more contribute to this fast paced mystery that sweeps from the White House to the jailhouse...and back!
Elliott Roosevelt writes of his parents with warmth and wit in this ingenious and captivating first novel. Murder and the First Lady perfectly captures the mood and tone of FDR's Washington as well as the humor and driving intelligence of the indomitable Eleanor Roosevelt. This crackerjack mystery is guaranteed to keep readers guessing "whodunnit" right up to the very last chapter.« less