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In her favorite role as First Sleuth, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt returns to uncover a sinister double assassination plot.


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In her favorite role as First Sleuth, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt returns to uncover a sinister double assassination plot.

30 review for The White House Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    FangirlNation

    Elliott Roosevelt wrote a series of mystery books with his mother, Eleanor Roosevelt, as the chief protagonist, and The White House Pantry Murder is the only one available to date on Audible. It is Christmas 1941, three weeks after the start of the Second World War, and Winston Churchill is about to visit Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House to make plans for winning the war. The day after the Brits arrive, a kitchen maid comes screaming because she has just found a body in the refrigerator. Elliott Roosevelt wrote a series of mystery books with his mother, Eleanor Roosevelt, as the chief protagonist, and The White House Pantry Murder is the only one available to date on Audible. It is Christmas 1941, three weeks after the start of the Second World War, and Winston Churchill is about to visit Franklin D. Roosevelt at the White House to make plans for winning the war. The day after the Brits arrive, a kitchen maid comes screaming because she has just found a body in the refrigerator. He has been killed with a ice pick in the back of the head. DiConccini, one of the top secret service agents, takes with him British Lieutenant Commander Leach on a secret mission to prove that it would be possible for someone to infiltrate the White House grounds through the storm drains, where they find a German gun wiped clean of fingerprints but with prints of the dead man on the ammunition. When further surveillance discovers grenades in the storm drain, they realize just how serious the case truly is. Read the rest of this review and other fun, geeky articles at Fangirl Nation

  2. 4 out of 5

    Denise Spicer

    First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt helps solve the mystery of the identity of Nazi spies in the White House. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill is a guest and both he and the President are assassination targets. This book purports to show an inside view of The White House and its staff. The book is somewhat dated and has viewpoints and opinions that would now be considered very NOT politically correct.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Smatzny

    A mystery set in December, 1941 in the White House when Churchill was visiting President Roosevelt. A murder happens in the White House and Mrs. Roosevelt puts herself into the investigation but it seems that more is happening than just the murder case. The book was a quick easy read that drew you into the story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Faith Flaherty

    The Plot is a Plot This is my first Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery. I didn't even know they existed. St. Mary's Book Club chose The White House Pantry Murder by Elliott Roosevelt for January. The setting is Franklin Roosevelt's White House and the time is set for Christmas 1941 just as the US entered WWII. I didn't know that Eleanor was a major character and that she would be involved in solving the crime, nor that there are other mysteries with her as the sleuth, either. I learned that after reading. The Plot is a Plot This is my first Eleanor Roosevelt Mystery. I didn't even know they existed. St. Mary's Book Club chose The White House Pantry Murder by Elliott Roosevelt for January. The setting is Franklin Roosevelt's White House and the time is set for Christmas 1941 just as the US entered WWII. I didn't know that Eleanor was a major character and that she would be involved in solving the crime, nor that there are other mysteries with her as the sleuth, either. I learned that after reading. I also thought the story was true or at least based on actual events because the author gives a biography of a few of the interesting characters. I had to look at the ISBN page to make sure it said FICTION. The plot is a plot. The enemy, the Nazis, have infiltrated the White House. I won't spoil the suspense but you never know if the bad guy has been caught, or are there more. And whomever you suspect may or may not be guilty. I was right and I was wrong. The purpose of the plot was to kill Franklin, Churchill too, if possible, and/or cause as much mayhem as possible. To highlight the danger, let me tell you that this was a suicide mission. I enjoyed the interaction with Churchill. From what I've read, heard, and have seen in movies, Churchill's characterization was accurate. He was stubborn, impetuous, a voracious reader, liked to take baths and took the time to craft and practice speaking his speeches. I was surprised at how much everyone smoked and drank. But that was a different era. It was an easy read and since the setting was Christmas and that hectic time was made even more hectic with murders and murderers running around the White House, it made me exclaim, "And I think my Christmas season is busy!"

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alton Motobu

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Written in the 1980s; set in December 1941 when FDR and Churchill met in Washington DC to discuss WW II strategy. Dead bodies with no IDs start piling up in the White House freezer, and Eleanor Roosevelt investigates (although most of the leg work is done by the Secret Service and British intelligence). Turns out a Secret Service agent, whose relatives were held hostage in Belgium, was being used by Nazis to infiltrate the White House; their goal was to assassinate FDR and Churchill. Pretty Written in the 1980s; set in December 1941 when FDR and Churchill met in Washington DC to discuss WW II strategy. Dead bodies with no IDs start piling up in the White House freezer, and Eleanor Roosevelt investigates (although most of the leg work is done by the Secret Service and British intelligence). Turns out a Secret Service agent, whose relatives were held hostage in Belgium, was being used by Nazis to infiltrate the White House; their goal was to assassinate FDR and Churchill. Pretty preposterous plot, but similar story line was used in the Harrison Ford movie, AIR FORCE ONE in 1997, and the Angeline Jolie movie, SALT in 2010.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Panu Mäkinen

    Valkoisen talon murhat on Franklin ja Eleanor Rooseveltin pojan kirjoittama dekkari, jonka tapahtumat sijoittuvat Valkoiseen taloon. On toisen maailmansodan aika, ja Valkoinen talo kuhisee arvovieraita. Teos selkoittelee mielenkiintoisella tavalla faktaa ja fiktiota, joskin lukijaa hämmentävät henkilöiden kepeä suhtautuminen kuolemantapauksiin ja varsin heppoiset toimenpiteet presidentin turvallisuuden takaamiseksi.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sherry

    #4 Christmas 1941, Churchill is coming to White House to meet with FDR and work out agreements and establish plans for the United Nations. However a man is found murdered in the refrigerator of the White House pantry. Secret Service, military guards are all trying to up maximum security and keep the murder absolutely secret. When a second murder happens several nights later, inside traitors are suspected, and a murderer seems to be loose within the White House.

  8. 5 out of 5

    AngelaGay Kinkead

    Audiobook. Just right for a 6 hour round trip. Finished the last hour while I ate supper. A nice little mystery, featuring FDR, Eleanor, and Churchill. A little history and the White House setting were enjoyable. Based on true events with a good epilogue. Author Elliott Roosevelt (d. 1990) is the son of Eleanor and Franklin. I was quite surprised at his descriptions of his parents and their relationship. Published in 1987?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Helenk

    I am currently attempting to read the books by Elliott Roosevelt in order. I am enjoying them even if they are somewhat dated in comparison to present day mysteries. I feel The White House Pantry Murder has been the best thus far (#4 in the series). This one is set in World War II shortly after Pearl Harbor. Many historical figures make entrances in these books, particularly Winston Churchill this time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Drury

    Espionage, attempted assassination of President FDR and Prime Minister Churchill, and two corpses in the White House. Who can be trusted? Christmas of 1941 is filled with the dangers of the beginning involvement of the US in the war and the knowledge that even the White House is not really safe.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Highly enjoyable historical mystery with Winston Churchill as a central character and Eleanor Roosevelt as an astute detective. The action takes place during Christmas 1941. The plot is well-developed and, while not a thrilling page-turner, has a steady pace.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paige Kuether

    Elliott Roosevelt's book are a fun read because they give lots of historical information.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lourdes C. Davis

    Quick, easy read

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Didn't like this one as well as the others I have read. Was slow, and seemed to drag on and on. However, I really enjoy this series as a whole, so on to the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Wild from beginning to end! Plenty of plot twists, and I only gave it four stars because I thought there were just a few too many characters. Overall a great read!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hannu Sinisalo

    Valju perusdekkari, kehno suomennos.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marge

    Not bad for a Christmas mystery. It is 1941. In this cozy mystery,a body is found in the White House refrigerator with no identification. This is just as Winston Churchill is visiting for a war conference. As the White House security tries to solve the case, Eleanor Roosevelt puts her 2 cents in. She's not any kind of an ace detective and is sometimes wrong. In this book by the Roosevelts' son Elliott, the most interesting elements are the backstage descriptions of life in White House and how Not bad for a Christmas mystery. It is 1941. In this cozy mystery,a body is found in the White House refrigerator with no identification. This is just as Winston Churchill is visiting for a war conference. As the White House security tries to solve the case, Eleanor Roosevelt puts her 2 cents in. She's not any kind of an ace detective and is sometimes wrong. In this book by the Roosevelts' son Elliott, the most interesting elements are the backstage descriptions of life in White House and how they were preparing for the U.S. role in WWII. The story is a little simplistic but still a good read because of that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Moore

    I found this book very interesting. I learned more about the U.S. becoming involved in WWII and about Winston Churchill, who was a guest in the White House and a character in this book. Some things reminded me of our current situation with questionable persons gaining access to the White House far too easily despite all the security measures provided a President and his family. I find the Roosevelts very interesting and always learn more about them in these books. Eleanor solving mysteries is I found this book very interesting. I learned more about the U.S. becoming involved in WWII and about Winston Churchill, who was a guest in the White House and a character in this book. Some things reminded me of our current situation with questionable persons gaining access to the White House far too easily despite all the security measures provided a President and his family. I find the Roosevelts very interesting and always learn more about them in these books. Eleanor solving mysteries is fascinating.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Elliott Roosevelt, son of Eleanor and Franklin, wrote a series of mysteries set in the white house with Eleanor as a Miss Marple character. This was fun because of the historical setting. Interestingly, the incident with Churchill and Roosevelt on Christmas Eve described in the story coincides with David McCullough's story telling in last year's Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concert which is now on DVD.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Adamson

    A more enjoyable mystery. Set at the White House at Christmas 1941, the Roosevelt's are joined by Churchill to discuss the war and America's future contributions to it. Murder, espionage and complex relationships ensue! Again lots of characters and some unexpired historical inaccuracies but overall a fun and entertaining mystery.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol Palmer

    I've read a few of the books in this series and enjoyed them. I think that this one is my favorite so far. It's interesting to read about a murder mystery that would have such historical importance if it had actually happened!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    This is a good one!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Goddard

    Easy, quick reading. Wish that Eleanor did more of the actual detective work in this one. She mostly just offers suggestions.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I love the way you get insight into the back scens of the White House through these novels. This one shared some facts and personal trivia about Winston Churchhill. Great REad.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    During Churchill's visit to the White House to co-ordinate war efforts spies and assassins continue to gain access.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wachter

    Audio Book, @ 1986, 5/00. Mrs. Roosevelt helps to solve 2 murders in the White House--Nazi spys intent on killing President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. Best audio book I've heard.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

  29. 5 out of 5

    June Hanson

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Ricks

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