The Body in the Ballroom
by R.J. Koreto
We are going a little off the beaten path today and looking at a historical mystery. I loved the description of this one because Alice Roosevelt is shown as an independent woman who is out there solving murders. Read R.J. Koreto’s author interview below, and yes, R.J. I totally agree with Greer Garson as Alice Roosevelt. Of course, I love Greer Garson in anything!
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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.
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
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- How did you come with an idea for your book?
That came up in a conversation with my publisher. I had already started another historical series, and we were talking about other ideas. He and I were both lifelong New Yorkers and we knew that Teddy Roosevelt had been a reforming police commissioner in 19th century New York. Roosevelt’s eldest daughter, Alice, was a wildly unconventional and outspoken woman from her earliest years, into her 90s. My publisher said, “What if Alice takes on her father’s mantle and tries to solve crimes herself?” I was off and running.
- What scene do you hope your readers enjoy the most?
The focus of this mystery is the wide range of people living in New York at the turn of the century, and all the different kinds of people she meets. At the end, to solve a murder, she organizes a breakfast meeting that includes her ex-cowboy bodyguard from Wyoming; a friend from one of the city’s most prominent families; an African-American mechanic; an Irish maid; a German-Jewish financier; and a mixed-race cook. I like the way all these very different people come together for a common purpose, as Americans and New Yorkers.
If you were going to cast a Hollywood actor for your main character, who would that be?
Can I go back in time? Most of the movie stars I know are of another generation. I’d like a young Paul Newman to play Joseph St. Clair, Alice’s ex-Rough Rider bodyguard. He could do well with the humor. For Alice Roosevelt—I’ve always been a fan of Greer Garson, who played Elizabeth Bennet in an early adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” opposite Laurence Olivier. She did well with strong women.
If you could write any other genre what would that be?
When I was younger, I read a lot of science fiction and periodically toy with the idea of returning to it. An imprint of Harlequin just bought the paperback rights to one of my earlier novels, so maybe I should try romance!
Is there a giveaway or promotion with this book?
Yes. We’re giving away an Amazon gift card.
Where can readers leave reviews of your book?
I always welcome Goodreads reviews, as well as reviews on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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R.J. Koreto has been fascinated by turn-of-the-century New York ever since listening to his grandfather’s stories as a boy.
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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