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Great story in an accurate historical context

  • Feb 10, 2002
The phrase, "period piece" could have been coined to describe this book, as all the principles are presented in a realistic historical setting. Elliot Roosevelt is the son of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the setting is the white house during FDR's first term. A security man is efficiently murdered outside the door of the room where FDR was staying and it is obvious that it was a professional job as there was no struggle. It is also clear that it was a foiled attempt to assassinate FDR.
While the murder is of course the main point, I was more fascinated with the interactions between all of the historical figures. Joseph Kennedy and his current consort Gloria Swanson; General Douglas MacArthur and his current consort; J. Edgar Hoover and his longtime consort Clyde Tolson; Eleanor's close friends as well as Franklin's longtime companions all play roles in the story. There are also interactions with the current crop of mobsters as well as brief appearances by Harry Truman, Harry Hopkins, John L. Lewis and other figures of significant importance at that time. This lends a backdrop to the story that thrilled my historical roots.
As a murder mystery, this is not an edge-of-your-seat thriller. However, as a story placed in an accurate historical context, there is none better. This is one of the best murder stories that I have ever read.

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Murder at the President's Door, written by William Harrington for the estate of Elliott Roosevelt (d. 1990), the son of FDR and Eleanor and author of an elegant but cozy historical mystery series starring his parents), entwines the stoic first lady in her 21st sleuthing adventure. This time, an assassination attempt sends her deep into D.C.'s criminal world, where, despite the efforts of the nation's top investigators, it's she who hunts down the would-be assassin.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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ISBN-10: 0312274998
ISBN-13: 978-0312274993
Author: Elliott Roosevelt
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: St. Martin's Minotaur
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