President Teddy Roosevelt’s daring daughter, Alice, leaps into action to exonerate a friend accused of poisoning a man just about everyone hated.
Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin’s bullet to solve one murder. She never expected to have to sleuth another, but she’d never pass up the opportunity, either. Anything to stave off boredom.
And such an opportunity presents itself when Alice is invited to a lavish ball. The high-society guests are in high spirits as they imbibe the finest wines. But one man, detested by nearly all the partygoers, quaffs a decidedly deadlier cocktail. An African-American mechanic, who also happens to be a good friend of former Rough Rider-turned-Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, is suspected of the murder-by-poison, but Alice is sure he’s innocent and is back on the scene to clear his name.
From downtown betting parlors to uptown mansions, Alice and Agent St. Clair uncover forbidden romances and a financial deal that just might change the world. But neither Alice nor her would-be protector may survive the case at hand in The Body in the Ballroom, R. J. Koreto's gripping second Alice Roosevelt mystery.
I enjoyed this novel. Alice Roosevelt is a hoot. She is a well crafted character, full of energy, very intelligent, and extremely daring. She is well set against her more reserved Secret Service protector, St. Claire. I love the witty dialogue the two have. One example of their exchanges is when St. Claire sarcastically admires Alice's ability to keep all her her lies straight. Alice replies, “It is very difficult . . . but the more time I spend in Washington the easier it gets.” (Loc 2395/3577) That's got to be my favorite line in the book.
I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical mysteries with well crafted and entertaining characters. You'll learn about the racial tensions in New York City over a century ago and experience the social class structure of the time. There's even a little about the financial relationship between Japan and the U S too. If you're like me, you'll really enjoy the bold character of Alice as she plows through high society on her quest to find the murderer.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Book Details:Genre: Historical Mystery
Published by: Crooked Lane Books
Publication Date: June 12th 2018
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 1683315774 (ISBN13: 9781683315773)
Series: Alice Roosevelt Mystery #2
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
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In his day job, he works as a business and financial journalist. Over the years, he’s been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, book author, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He’s a graduate of Vassar College, and like Alice Roosevelt, he was born and raised in New York.
He is the author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes and Alice Roosevelt mysteries. He has been published in both Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He also published a book on practice management for financial professionals.
With his wife and daughters, he divides his time between Rockland County, N.Y., and Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
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