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Murder in the Smithsonian (Capital Crimes #4)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  709 ratings  ·  36 reviews
"Nonstop action and a brillianly evocative setting make this another winner!"
Dr. Lewis Tunney, a brilliant historian who had stumbled onto an international art scandal, was brutally murdered in front of two hundred guests at an elegant party at the Smithsonian. When his fiancee, Heather McBea, flies in from Scotland to learn more, Mac Hanrahan, the captain in charg
Mass Market Paperback, 292 pages
Published July 1984 by Fawcett Crest (first published January 1st 1983)
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It is too bad that former President Harry S. Truman didn’t get to read the positive reviews of his daughter’s mystery novels before he died. “Give ‘em Hell, Harry” brought the inferno to a Washington Post music critic after said writer lambasted a performance by Margaret Truman during her singing career. I think the proud and protective father and President would be thrilled with the body (or perhaps, I should say “bodies”) of work in the mystery genre. Before her death in 2008, someone suggeste ...more
Tony Pucci
A "likeable" book. Very quick read, good for 15-minute stretches on break at work. Nothing earth-shattering, and nearly quaint due to being written almost 30 years ago (pay phones, etc). Margaret Truman is the daughter of former USA President Harry Truman, although Wikipedia tells me her Washington DC murder mysteries may have been ghost written. I'd pick another one of these up at the used book store for reading at work. Not a lot of depth to this book, which was oddly juxtaposed by Truman obvi ...more
Sherry (sethurner)
"Lewis Tunney stopped in front of a small shop on Davies Street, in London's fashionable Mayfair district." Here's the first line of Murder in the Smithsonian - introducing the reader to the murder victim, a prominent historian who stumbles on a scandal involving people and artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution. I was interested in reading at least one in Margaret Truman's series of murder mysteries set in a city she knew well, Washington D.C. That's accomplished, and now I know I don't need ...more
Dec 12, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who enjoys mysteries
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In perusing some lists on Goodreads I came across some other books I had forgotten I had read - I REALLY enjoyed Margaret Truman's books! As a Canadian, I learned a bit more about USA history.
Police Captain Hanrahan attempts to solve a murder involving a theft from the Smithsonian Institute's American History Museum. A medal from a post-American Revolutionary Society has disappeared and several murders have occurred which seem to be related. Heather McBean, whose uncle and fiance are two of the victims, comes out from Scotland to do a little investigating herself. A friend of her uncle's also becomes involved. Soon, it is difficult to figure out who can and cannot be trusted, as susp ...more
There were a fair number of qualities in this book that were four-star worthy: I liked the main characters, there was good suspense and "creep factor," the pace moved right along, there was a good twist that left me trying to figure out who the villain actually was. One thing held me back from rating it four stars though: I felt like there were too many threads left dangling, too many ambiguities that were never satisfied, and too many secondary characters that weren't fleshed out quite enough f ...more
Michelle Hanson
I have previously read her books before.. and did enjoy this mystery..
David Reynolds
No Smiths at all...didn't affect a thing, a good read!
This is my first Margaret Truman, and I have to say it was very good. A man is murdered at a gala at the Smithsonian, and his fiance shows up in DC to find out who dun it! The police don't seem to be able to pin things down, and at the same time, there's a kook who claims to be the heir to Smithson, and he want's everything given to him, or he'll start bombing. There are all kinds of suspects, and the book gives you a run for your money.
Sally Andrews
I am now on my second Margaret Truman book. First of all, I like them because they take place in Washington, D.C., which is one of my favorite cities. But I also like them because you really don't know until the end 'who did it.' Her characters are well-developed and the plots are interesting. There's not a lot of earth-shaking action, but I don't mind that. I just like a good story. I plan to read more of her books.
A bit slow starting, but built up steam and was turning pages rapidly at the end...A usual great book by Ms. Truman
This is the best one so far. Something about it reminds me a little of Dan Brown, though without the religion. Very entertaining and relaxing.
Nov 29, 2008 Geoff rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
Lots of fun. A classic whodunit with a bit of intellect. I picked it up free in the "leave and take" area of the dump, excuse me the "transfer station." That, by the way, is a great place to get free books. If you are lucky enough to live in a town that has one, you should take advantage of it.
Catherine Woodman
This series is usually well written (which at this point makes me wonder if she is the author still because they still hold together well, and she has to be getting up there in age), not too heavy on character development, and not driven by action--acceptable mysteries
Not a bad storyline. After the last books weak plot I was begining to think Truman had started pounding out basic plots, just fill in different names, stories. I didn't guess the who murdered the historian until near the end. I like it that way.
Fredrick Danysh
When a historian is murdered in front of a crowd at the Smithsonian, his Scottish fiance comes to Washington, Dc, to find out the facts. Despite the efoorts of a police detective, she becomes the target of a killer.
I really enjoyed this entry in the series. The characters were very likeable and the settings were great. These books will definitely make you want to plan a trip to Washington DC.
Nov 06, 2013 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
A good little easy reading mystery. I enjoy Truman's books because of the history and historical sites she was well acquainted with and includes in her novels.
Reading these with my Mom.
A favorite series.
Great mysteries and great insight into behind the scenes Washington DC.
I'm reading them ALL.
Read in 2005.
A fairly fun read, but some parts were hard to trudge through. I'm still searching for another Agatha Christie, and haven't hit the jackpot yet.
Truman was not a name-dropper author who traded on her name. her mysteries are coheisve, interesting and full-bosied.
I will admit it I was wrong on this one..... I did not see that one coming.... what a good book.... Loved it
I liked it. Kept me wondering till the end. I read several of hers many years ago. Think I'll reread them.
Keli Wright
I loved this book.. made me want to go to the Smithsonian again.. I have not been yet this year...
Murder in the Smithsonian (Capital Crime Mysteries) by Margaret Truman (1985)
Murder in the Smithsonian (Capital Crime Mysteries) by Margaret Truman (1985)
I liked this one, especially since I read it right after my trip to D.C.!
Interesting only because I could identify with the location.
Another great mystery from Margaret Truman.
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Mary Margaret Truman-Daniel, widely known throughout her life as "Margaret Truman", (February 17, 1924 — January 29, 2008) was an American singer who later became a successful writer. She was the only child of Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the United States) and his wife Bess.

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