Murder at Hobcaw Barony Author:Elliott Roosevelt An autumn week in 1937, and Mrs. Roosevelt has been invited to Hobcaw Barony, Bernard Baruch's famed South Carolina estate. She looks forward to carefree days of horseback riding, fishing, and socializing with the famous movie stars who are to be Baruch's other guests. But on her first night there the mansion is rocked with a violent explosion... more » that kills a prominent movie producer, and Eleanor is confronted with yet another mystery of murder.
Working with the local sheriff--a rural South Carolinian of uncertain regard for the niceties of the law but possessing an impressive reserve of native shrewdness--the First Lady assembles almost too much suggestive evidence. Sorting out suspects, hoping not just to solve the crime but to suppress a scandal, Mrs. Roosevelt is at her best, bringing to the investigation the bold imagination and instinctive sympathy for the underdog that fill her murderous adventures with a unique, engaging warmth.
In this, the third of his highly acclaimed mystery series featuring his mother as redoubtable detective, Elliott Roosevelt introduces a very different cast of supporting suspects: Humphrey Bogart, Joan Crawford, Darryl F. Zanuck, Tallulah Bankhead, Walter Winchell--in addition to the suave and worldly master of Hobcaw Barony, the multimillionaire adviser to presidents, Bernard Baruch.« less