10 Dead People I Wish I Had Known
1) George Washington: The first essay I ever published was on George Washington and his impressive character. I live about fifteen miles from Mount Vernon and visit there several times every year. Without him, there would be no United States of America. One impressive leader.
2) Steve Jobs: He revolutionized technology in the world and did it with style. He was a controversial leader, but I wish I had known him so I could have seen him in action.
3) Alice Paul: Pretty soon, we are going to celebrate the centennial of the women’s suffrage amendment (in 2020). Alice Paul had no fear and was willing to undermine the old guard to get women the right to vote.
4) Agatha Christie: What mystery writer wouldn’t want to have met her? She created the traditional genre and wrote some of the best mysteries ever told.
5) John Brown: I love visiting Harper’s Ferry. Was he a hero or a terrorist? Fascinating to talk to the man who ignited the Civil War.
6) Machiavelli: Who wouldn’t want to talk to the author the Prince during these political times?
7) Alexander Hamilton: No, it’s not because of the musical. It’s more about his role as the defender of the executive during the creation of the Constitution.
8) Sojourner Truth: “Ain’t I A Woman?” seems like a very timely question to ask these days.
9) Frank Sinatra: His biography was astounding. He was down and out several times in his career and he found a way to come back. And I love his music.
10) Simone de Beauvoir: Two reasons: The Second Sex and hanging out at Les Deux Magots.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Homicide in the House
by Colleen J. Shogan
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
During a government shutdown, Kit’s congresswoman boss is found standing over the dead body of a top staffer she tangled with in front of the press. The police are about to name her as the prime suspect. The weapon was the Speaker’s gavel, an item entrusted to the congresswoman the previous night. The killer knows Kit is on the case. Can she solve the mystery in time to save her job and her life?
Absent the big commuter crowds to slow the boarding of trains, I arrived at Capitol South twenty-five minutes later. Maeve hadn’t replied. Perhaps the “trouble” had already blown over. Just in case she still needed help, I headed directly to the Cannon rotunda without stopping at the office. Reporters usually camped out inside the rotunda to shoot live cable television hits from Capitol Hill. It wasn’t as grandiose as the Capitol rotunda, but its Corinthian architecture with imposing columns did provide a stately backdrop for the camera.
I exited the elevator and walked past the famous Cannon Caucus Room, which hosted the House Un-American Committee hearings decades ago. Hearing Maeve’s voice in the distance, I followed the narrow hallway circling the rotunda. After rounding the bend, I found my boss. She wasn’t alone. Next to her was Detective O’Halloran of the Capitol Hill Police. Jack Drysdale was between them, but the Speaker’s top aide wasn’t looking so handsome this morning. Blood flowed from his head onto the pristine marble floor. If he’d generated Clarence’s Capitol Canine votes, there wouldn’t be any more favors coming my way. Jack Drysdale was dead.
Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She writes the Washington Whodunit series published by Camel Press. A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service. She is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress. Colleen lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.
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