Murder at the President’s Door
A dead body is found just outside President Roosevelt’s door. Preferring that the murder be kept from the public, First Lady Eleanor enlists the aid of a trustworthy Secret Service Agent and an equally dependable lieutenant from the D.C. police. Beside the proximity to the President and the concern about assassination, there are other worries about this puzzling murder. Evidence would indicate that the killer well knew the layout and routines of the White House.
Readers will expect to find a story involving intimate details of presidential life, as the author is Elliott Roosevelt, son of Franklin and Eleanor. They will not be disappointed. Set in 1933, the story abounds with details about the Roosevelts and other prominent figures of the period. The story does not expand much beyond the White House, but it does include interesting descriptions of period entertainment, lifestyle, and current events. This mystery is readable, fluid, and enjoyable, but in a market inundated with mysteries, this story does not stand out: it lacks that sparkle that makes it noticeable.