The book got off slowly, but picked up later. It is very light reading as the crime gets solved too easily.
The best part of the "Eleanor Roosevelt detective" series is Elliott Roosevelt didn't write the books. He hired someone else to research and write them, and then just took credit for them. This may sound somewhat despicable, but it is the least of his problems with doing "what was right," as described in depth in the Wikipedia article on him.
I love mysteries!!!! Good one!
Nineteen thrity-seven was and eventful year in America. On January 20, Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated for his second term; days later, the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys were ravaged by record-breaking floods; on May 6 the Hindenburg crashed at Lakehurst; and in July, Amelia Earhart disappeared over the Pacific.
Admidst all of these historic events, a murder poses this country's greatest threat, and presents Eleanor Roosevelt with what may be her most challenging case. In her tenth investigative outing since her son Elliott began featuring her as stor of his much-acclaimed mystery series, the First Lady's efforts are sparked bya strange not delivered to her during a White House dinner for the judiciary.
"Do not allow any quest to enter the Red Room," the note reads, signed by a Secret Service agent. Naturally the intrepid Eleanor cannot let the mysterious command go unnoticed, and slips away to discover the body of "Shondor Jack," a notorious Cleveland mobster fatally stabbed. How he got into the White House, and who made sure he would never leave, make for a richly entertaining whodunit mastered and solved by the First Lady of Mystery Eleanor Roosevelt.
Used condition. Written by the son of (President) Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt is the one solving the mystery in the book. Published in 1992, two years after Elliot Roosevelt's death.