Murder in the Rose Garden Author:Elliott Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt a detective? Why not? She was a woman of exceptional intelligence and unerring insight into character, honesty, and perseverance. If the occasion had come for her to put her hand to crime-solving, whe can doubt she would have been good at it? — In fact, she has been good at it so far, in six critically acclaimed mystery novel... more »s that have won the plaudits of scores of reviewers and have delighted hundreds of thousands of readers.
In Murder in the Rose Garden - meaning, of course, the White House rose garden - a seductive Washington blackmailer is found dead. To Mrs. Roosevelt's surprise, many men had motive to kill this apparently respectable society matron. Suspicion falls on the innocent. And, as always, Mrs. Roosevelt is as much interested in saving the innocent as in catching the guilty. Yet, this time it's more imperative than ever as the suspects are high-ranking politicians in imminent danger of having their careers ruined should any unpleasant details surface.
A busy woman, heavily committed to the wide variety of Eleanorian causes, she nevertheless funds time to assist the police, gently guiding them towards that methodical and shrewd examination of evidence that alone will sort out the facts and point with an unerring finger at the party who is truly guilty.
Only the famous son of this famous mother could re-create his parent's White House years with so much insight and perception. Elliott Roosevelt's portrait of his mother in these novels has been called affectionate. It is, but more than that it is a portrait of her and her contemporaries drawn, not just with insider knowledge, but with gentle tolerant humor.« less