Joan L. reviewed Murder and the First Lady (Eleanor Roosevelt, Bk 1) on
This was my first book in the series. I am now on #11.I am enjoying reading about the things happening in our country, and important people famous during that time period, while enjoying a cozy mystery.
A member of Mrs Roosevelt's staff is accused of murdering a lover. Eleanor doesn't believe she did it and sets out to prove it. As usual she ends up in some very interesting places meeting very interesting people. Very good book.
As preposterous as the concept seems--Eleanor Roosevelt solving a murder mystery while also serving as First Lady, after all--it's actually presented in a thoroughly believable and charming story. Mrs. Roosevelt takes a young murder suspect under her wing and follows assorted clues. All while war is looming. FDR is featured quite prominantly and lends his support to her sleuthing. J. Edgar Hoover is also on hand. Written by their son Elliott Roosevelt, Eleanor and Franklin's personalities shine through. I am sure he enjoyed writing about them this way. A very enjoyable read!
Pamela Rush-Hodgeborne, employed by first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, is arrested for the murder of her boyfriend, Phillip Garber. The two were implicated in a jewelry robbery in England. Because of Phillip's background as a scoundrel, Pamela is believed to have been his accomplice in the robbery. However, when he dies after taking a few sips of his favorite drink, an old fashioned mixed by Pamela, she is jailed. Phillip was poisoned.
Eleanor Roosevelt becomes involved because she simply cannot believe that her English employee, is guilty. Her investigation working with the policeman and others, demonstrates that others have strong motives for offing Phillip. Not only the story, but the description of Mrs. Roosevelt, and her interaction with FDR and J. Edgar Hoover, are fascinating. Meanwhile, the president is concerned about the situation in Europe where he believes that Hitler will begin marching on countries in Europe. The tale has a surprise ending that I did not guess at all. Nice little mystery.