"Fascinating look at the 1930s White House"
When President Franklin Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor
moved into the White House, it was a shabby place to live.
The furniture and curtains were old with most needing
replacement, but with the country deep into the Depression,
Congress refuses to authorize funds to redecorate the
President's home. Thus the Roosevelts do the best they can
with what they have.
While the President is a movie with an aide, someone
tries to assassinate him, but kills a police officer
instead. The First lady theorizes that the killer ran away
when he heard voices in her husband's bedroom, not
realizing that the sound came from the movie. Obviously,
White House security is lax and anyone who knows the layout
of the place can easily enter and leave without detection.
Eleanor, DC police Lieutenant Edward Kennelly, and the
White House police join forces to ferret out the identity
of the perpetrators.
MURDER AT THE PRESIDENT'S DOOR is the latest Eleanor
Roosevelt mystery in this long running series that provides
a fascinating look at the 1930s White House. In this age
of terrorism and Pennsylvania Avenue cordoned off it is
difficult to fathom the Presidential home lacking security
measures, and containing broken down furniture and torn
curtains. Though the who-done-it is short on action,
history buffs will enjoy the late Elliot Roosevelt's latest
homage to his parents early years in the White House.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted November 3, 2001