Kelly Durham, author of eight thrillers set against the backdrops of World War II and the Golden Age of Hollywood, and Kathryn Smith, author of Missy LeHand’s biography THE GATEKEEPER, deliver again in the third Missy LeHand Mystery.

Can The First Lady Save An Innocent Woman’s Life?

Eleanor Roosevelt was a tremendous advocate for victims of misjustice, but she may have met her match in Jim Crow Georgia.  A black woman sits on death row awaiting her date with the electric chair for a crime she didn’t commit. Even with the help of the President’s secretary, Marguerite LeHand, and FBI agent Corey Wainwright, the First Lady battles racial prejudice and the ticking of the executioner’s clock. Devious Hollywood reporter Joan Roswell — fresh from an interview with Margaret Mitchell — and glamorous starlet Ida Lupino round out the cast in this fast-paced story, set in Warm Springs, Georgia, home of FDR’s beloved Little White House.

About The Authors

Kelly Durham and Kathryn Smith attended D.W. Daniel High School near Clemson, South Carolina together, but didn’t become friends until more than forty years later when Kathryn began editing some of Kelly’s novels. Together, they write the Missy LeHand Mystery series.

Kelly lives in Clemson with his wife, Yvonne. They are the parents of Mary Kate, Addison and Callie, and also provide for their dog, George Marshall. A graduate of Clemson University, Kelly served four years in the U.S. Army with assignments in Arizona and Germany before returning to Clemson and entering private business. Kelly is also the author of THE WAR WIDOW, BERLIN CALLING, WADE’S WAR, THE RELUCTANT COPILOT, THE MOVIE STAR AND ME, HOLLYWOOD STARLET, TEMPORARY ALLIANCE and UNFORESEEN COMPLICATIONS. Visit his website,, or contact him at

Kathryn lives in Anderson, South Carolina with her husband, Leo. They are the parents of two grown children and the grandparents of a growing brood of little ones. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Kathryn worked as a daily newspaper reporter and editor before entering nonprofit management work in Anderson. She is the author of the only biography of Marguerite LeHand, THE GATEKEEPER: MISSY LEHAND, FDR, AND THE UNTOLD STORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP THAT DEFINED A PRESIDENCY (Touchstone, 2016) as well as GERTIE: THE FABULOUS LIFE OF GERTRUDE SANFORD LEGENDRE, HEIRESS, EXPLORER, SOCIALITE, SPY (Evening Post Books, 2019).