In 1902 New York, Alice Roosevelt, the bright, passionate, and wildly unconventional daughter of newly sworn-in President Theodore Roosevelt, is placed under the supervision of Secret Service Agent Joseph St. Clair, ex-cowboy and veteran of the Rough Riders. St. Clair quickly learns that half his job is helping Alice roll cigarettes and escorting her to bookies, but matters grow even more difficult when Alice takes it upon herself to investigate a recent political killing–the assassination of former president William McKinley.
Concerned for her father’s safety, Alice seeks explanations for the many unanswered questions about the avowed anarchist responsible for McKinley’s death. In her quest, Alice drags St. Clair from grim Bowery bars to the elegant parlors of New York’s ruling class, from the haunts of the Chinese secret societies to the magnificent new University Club, all while embarking on a tentative romance with a family friend, the son of a prominent local household.
And while Alice, forced to challenge those who would stop at nothing in their greed for money and power, considers her uncertain future, St. Clair must come to terms with his own past in Alice and the Assassin, the first in R. J. Koreto’s riveting new historical mystery series.
R. J. Koreto, a business and financial journalist, has over the years been a magazine writer and editor, website manager, PR consultant, and seaman in the U.S. Merchant Marine. A graduate of Vassar College, he is author of the Lady Frances Ffolkes mystery series, a member of Mystery Writers of America, and has been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This is his first Alice Roosevelt mystery.
Praise for R.J. Koreto:
“Appealing…Koreto nicely blends international intrigue and affairs of the heart.” – Publishers Weekly on Death Among Rubies
“Devilishly clever and written with unmistakable verve.” – Kirkus Reviews on Death Among Rubies
“The character dialogue is fantastic. The female leads are simply wonderful… I can tell the writer loves this time period, as he handles the era’s mannerisms and conventions masterfully. All in all, this is a delightful read.” – Historical Novels Review on Death Among Rubies
“A charming Edwardian mystery with a delightfully unconventional heroine…Fans of Rhys Bowen, Charles Todd and Jacqueline Winspear are sure to enjoy.” – Shelf Awareness on Death Among Rubies
“Upstairs teams with downstairs in this thoroughly entertaining, witty Edwardian mystery debut…Replete with cultural and historical references, the first adventure of Lady Frances and Mallow is sure to engage admirers of Edwardian mysteries. A solid choice for fans of Robin Paige and Downton Abbey.” – Library Journal on Death on the Sapphire
“Lady Frances is a strong, clever protagonist, in the mold of Frances Brody’s Kate Shackleton and Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs.” – Booklist on Death on the Sapphire
“Fans of both Downton Abbey and Agatha Christie will embrace the subtly witty, refreshingly unconventional heroine in Koreto’s debut series. The frequently underestimated Lady Frances Ffolkes is a delight, as is her fiercely loyal lady’s maid June Mallow. The Edwardian setting—rich with history and politics—acts as a fitting backdrop to a mystery that is deeper than it first appears.” – RT Book Reviews on Death on the Sapphire