A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
7/14/1992 Murder in the Red Room is discovered
July 14, 1992. Murder in the Red Room, the tenth mystery by Elliott Roosevelt, starring his mother Eleanor, was published on this date. As FDR prepares his doomed court-packing plan, a gangster is found with his cut throat in the White House. Ah well, politics can be messy.
Speaking of messy, William Harrington kept writing the books for ten years after Elliott died, so the authorship is, uh, problematic.
Publisher's Weekly called the book "a delightful romp through the seamy side of officaldom."