It's early in 1935, and Washington, D.C., is enjoying a mild winter. But from the bleak expression on the face of Eleanor Roosevelt's young friend, Jessica Dee, as she sits across from the First Lady in a shapeless prison dress, Mrs. Roosevelt can almost believe that a frigid chill has enveloped the nation's capitol. Jessica, a beautiful young Jewish woman who was smuggled out of Poland as a child, has been accused of murder. One of her lovers, a member of the Federal Treasury Board, has been found dead of a gunshot wound in his Georgetown townhouse.
Despite the evidence against her, Mrs. Roosevelt refuses to believe that Jessica could be guilty of murder. Not only is she a personal friend, Jessica has proven invaluable to Mrs. Roosevelt's husband, the President, by passing along information gleaned while working as a secretary in the office of FDR's most potent political rival: Huey Long, the Kingfish. Determined to clear Jessica's name by solving the crime, Mrs. Roosevelt uncovers a trail of deceit and greed that leads all the way to the privileged world of Boston banking and the dark underworld of the Irish Mob, her every move shadowed by a notorious female assassin whose calling card is a fiery mane of hair.
As the intrepid Mrs. Roosevelt investigates the circumstances surrounding Peavy's murder, the reader is treated to all the historical recreation and satisfying storytelling that have become hallmarks of this series. Murder in Georgetown is a warmly rewarding look at a fascinating era in our history, and at a woman beloved by her son and her country--Eleanor Roosevelt. [via]