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Murder in the Oval Office: An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery
Murder in the Oval Office An Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery Author:Elliott Roosevelt In what may be the best book yet in this highly acclaimed series, which features Eleanor Roosevelt as the unlikely but extremely successful detective, Elliott Roosevelt invokes a classic murder-mystery theme: the locked-room puzzle. — This locked room is the Oval Office of the President of the United States. Alabama Congressman Winstead Colmer is... more » found shot to death with a pistol that lies beside him on the floor of the Oval Office. All the windows and doors are bolted shut from the inside! Suicide? It is meant to look so. But would a man who was going to kill himself wipe all the fingerprints off the bullets inside the gun?
And what about the scores of people who have motives for wanting Colmer dead? There is the mafia-controlled banker in Chicago who is about to be brought before the congressional committee Colmer headed. There is Colmer's ambitious and jealous brother who might do anything for a seat in the Congress and who happened to be in Washington for the weekend. There is the father of the debutante Jane Stebbins who is convinced that it was Colmer who has gotten his daughter pregnanat and abandoned her. Not to mention Colmer's wife who refuses to tell the police just exactly where she was on the night of the murder.
Elliot Roosevelt weaves an intriguing mystery as well as expertly recreating the world of his parents including amusing anecdotes about their life-styles and personalites. He also brings the 1930s to life - and we get to meet such characters as J. Edgar Hoover, Sally Rand, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, and a young and ambitious Lyndon B. Johnson, among others.« less