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I Bet You Didn’t Know That Eleanor Roosevelt Solved Over 30 Murders, In the White House!
Well, truth be told, she didn’t, but her son,Elliot, named for her father, wrote 30 of the most fun murder mysteries with his mother, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt as the super sleuth who solved the crimes. Many of them took place in almost every famous room in the White House, from the Lincoln Bedroom to the Red Room and other ‘color rooms’ as well as the Map Room.
I discovered these books almost 20 years ago when I was going through a mystery book kick. These were among the best. They are well written, fun and actually supply an interesting insight into life in the White House during WWII and the ten years that the Roosevelts were in office.
What is really great is that while having a First Lady solve White House murders is a fantasy, the stories were intertwined with a lot of historical information about the White House.
1. We learn about the time that Stalin stayed at the White House during WWII. Remember that he was an ally then.
2. We learn that the White House was cold and the food budget, even for feeding foreign dignitaries was sparse. It was meatloaf and peanut butter and jelly at the White House.
3. We learn that FDR’s mistress Missy LeHand was an accepted part of the family. One of the books tells us that Eleanor visited her husband’s room while Missy was there. That was shocking, but unlikely to be put into the book written by their son if it didn’t happen. Elliot has also written non fiction books about his parents.
So get some of these books and look forward to some challenge to your brain, some information about the White House and some of its occupants, and a lot of fun!
The Real Life of Eleanor Roosevelt:
“Anna Eleanor Roosevelt; October 11, 1884-November 7, 1962) was First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She supported the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and assumed a role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband’s death in 1945, Roosevelt continued to be an internationally prominent author, speaker, politician, and activist for the New Deal coalition. She worked to enhance the status of working women, although she opposed the Equal Rights Amendment because she believed it would adversely affect women.
In the 1940s, Roosevelt was one of the co-founders of Freedom House and supported the formation of the United Nations. Roosevelt founded the UN Association of the United States in 1943 to advance support for the formation of the UN. She was a delegate to the UN General Assembly from 1945 and 1952, a job for which she was appointed by President Harry S. Truman and confirmed by the United States Senate. During her time at the United Nations she chaired the committee that drafted and approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. President Truman called her the “First Lady of the World” in tribute to her human rights achievements.”
Elliot Roosevelt With His Mother,Who He Made Into A Super Sleuth:
“He was also the author of numerous books, including a bestselling mystery series in which his mother, Eleanor Roosevelt, is the detective.
Elliott described his experiences with his father during the war years in his book As He Saw It.
Together with James Brough, Elliott wrote a highly personal book about his parents called The Roosevelts of Hyde Park: An Untold Story where he reveals details about the sexual lives of his parents, including his father’s unique relationships with mistress Lucy Mercer and secretary Marguerite (“Missy”) LeHand as well as graphic details surrounding the illness that crippled his father. The biography also contains valuable insights into Roosevelt’s run for vice-president, rise to the governorship of New York, and his capture of the presidency in 1932, particularly with the help of Louis Howe.”
Eleanor Roosevelt and Young Jack Kennedy Put Their Heads Together:
The time is pre WWII Eleanor Roosevelt is crossing the Atlantic, as people did in those days on a huge linear. She hears something about one of the Ambassador Kennedy’s sons being there. But it is not until the murders happen that they meet. But once they join forces using intelligence and logic, the murder is as good as caught!
I don’t know if they were ever on a ship together, I doubt it, but this is one of my favorites.
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