All About Alice: I just wrote a piece for the marvelous Mystery Tribune about how I inserted the “real” Alice Roosevelt into my novel. Where does history end and mystery begin?
See You in Chicago: Delighted to be on a panel on historical mysteries at Murder and Mayhem in Chicago on March 11. I’ll also be signing books.
About R.J. Koreto’s Books:
Welcome to the turn-of-the-century, where in New York and London the world is rapidly changing: horses are giving way to motorcars, electricity is replacing gaslight, class boundaries are blurring, and women are demanding the vote.
But for now, the old families still hold sway in the great cities, and few see any change to their lives in the foreseeable future. As the Countess of Grantham tells her daughter in Downton Abbey, “Yes the world is changing. But not that much. And not fast enough for you.”
R.J. Koreto explores this world in two series, below. Click on the above images for more on the books.
The Lady Frances Ffolkes Series
In England, Lady Frances Ffolkes, daughter of the Marquess of Seaforth, returns from America with her degree from Vassar College, determined to get the vote for women and support a range of progressive causes. She shocks her family by living on her own, and when mysteries come her way, she fearlessly investigates, from London’s dangerous East End to the drawing rooms of the nobility. She’s ably assisted by her loyal maid, June Mallow, who sees her mistress is well dressed–and defends her while brandishing a rolling pin. And despite her busy schedule, Lady Frances also finds time for romance.
The Alice Roosevelt Series
In New York, Alice Roosevelt, the spirited and wildly unconventional daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, is trying to find her place in the world. When she catches a shadowy company trying to spy on her, she turns detective and enters a world of murder and conspiracy among the city’s lively ethnic communities. Alice forms a reluctant partnership with her Secret Service bodyguard, Joseph St. Clair, a former Western lawman and veteran of the Rough Riders. They learn to work together, as St. Clair tries to come to terms with his hard and violent past, and Alice struggles with her growing feelings for him.