with Laura Hayden
Dunne, Apr 2002, 23.95, 240 pp.
Though she loves her widowed father, Evelyn Ann “Eve” Cooper is the First Daughter, a role she hates and not just because she is under a media microscope. Eve fears everything about her new home the White House as she thinks of history will remember her for ruining the antiques with a can of diet soda.
During a photo shoot in the Rose Garden, Eve, photographer Michael Cauffman, and her two Secret Service Agents (Perkins and McNalley) find a body. Someone apparently murdered Head Usher Burton O'Connor sometime yesterday even if the deceased was seen performing his duties this morning. The victim turns out to be Burton's twin. Realizing that this homicide could become the first scandal of the new Cooper administration, Eve accompanied by Michael and her two Deputy Dawgs begin investigating.
The look inside the White House by President Ford's daughter rivals if not surpasses that of Elliot Roosevelt and Margaret Truman in both their long running series. On the other hand, the who-done-it is entertaining, but fails to match the quality of those novels written by the latter two White House residents. The key to the investigation is the audience needs to accept the Secret Service allowing and even enabling a First Daughter to place herself in jeopardy like Eve does. Still DOUBLE EXPOSURE has an insider feel that the White House amateur sleuth audience will enjoy and that in turn will encourage Susan Ford and Laura Hayden to provide more tales starring the Cooper Administration.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner