Monument to Murder (Capital Crimes, #25)
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Monument to Murder (Capital Crimes #25)

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Times are tough in Savannah for former cop and current PI Robert Brixton, so when he agrees to take on a 20 year-old murder case, he figures he’s got nothing to lose. It’s not long before the trail leads him deep into the corrupt underbelly of Savannah’s power elite, and right into the lap of a secret government organization that’s been offing “troublesome” politicians for...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Forge Books
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Matt
I have been a fan of Margaret Truman's for as long as I can remember. After her death, I was not sure if her monumental writings would continue (a la Robert Ludlum) and was pleased to see that somoene published this posthumously. While not stellar Truman, it was a good read.



Mac and Annie Smith make their usual appaerance in this novel, but play a semi-secondary character role, behind PI Robert Brixton. A former MPD and Savannah PD officer and detective, Brixton stumbles on a case with historical...more
Suzanne
I have been reading Margaret Truman for many years, and I was delighted to stumble upon "Monument to Murder" at a local bookstore. To have one more posthumously published novel by Truman seemed like a gift at first, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed. I felt that the book had "good bones" but the story did not read like a true Margaret Truman Capital Crimes novel. I got the distinct impression as I was reading the book that perhaps it was started by Truman before she died, and then compl...more
Aaron
I am always a little cautious when an author dies and books continue to come out. I have been a big fan of Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes series. Each volume always presented a strong mystery tale and a focus on a different location in Washington, D.C. In a way, it was also part travelogue that allowed the reader to learn about the place being highlighted, including its history and architecture, while blending it with the storyline.

In this 25th volume in the series, readers find themselves shi...more
Steve
A better title would be:
DEAD WOMAN WRITING"
because she died at age 83 and january 29 , 2008, gosh - 3 1/2 years ago.
I guess this is more of a franchise business than murder mystery writing.
I like a good murder mystery, this is great..... even the author is DEAD!!!!!!
this is not a who dunnit but
how did she dunnit

as for the story, can't help but hate the president and his first lady and the worthless socialite and her evil father and his cronies,
and we must love the heroes mac and annabel smith.
I...more
Marilyn Fontane
Monument to Murder is a fascinating book. First of all, the plot is interesting, the characters are well-rounded, and there is enough intrigue to create suspense. Always a starter. Not having read many, if any, Margaret Truman books previously, I don't know if the PI Robert Brixton is a continuing character or not. Monument to Murder works certainly as a stand alone book, and perhaps is--but if there are no previous Brixton books, there could be in the future; that, I think, illustrates her abil...more
Katy
I love Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes novels! In this one, set mostly in Savannah, GA, an ex-cop-turned-PI looks into a 20=year-old murder, a drive by shooting of a felon on the day she got out of prison. She had reassured her mother she was taking the rap for someone else; now Mom wants to know whether this was so.

The case, just trying to see if the felon was telling her mother the truth and not try to find out why she was killed, takes the PI through a lot ... for being mugged, followed, and...more
Bob
Ex Cop and now PI Robert Brixton is hired to look into a 20 some year old case by the victim’s mother. A young black girl was convinced for money to plead guilty to a murder charge by the wealthy father of the real killers friend who was also present at the murder. The girl gets alight prison sentence and shortly after her release was gunned down in a drive by. Robert doesn’t think the girl was guilty and sets about to investigate the old case. Since the actual killer and her friend are from upp...more
Amy Sheldon
I started reading this book after looking up that Margaret Truman had passed away in 2008 - and immediately noticed that she had not written this book. The style was completely different - at the very least, there were 3 curse words. There are ZERO curse words in any of the previous 20+ books. Washington DC was just a side note. It was an ok book, but definitely not Margaret. Dunno if she left behind an outline and a ghost writer filled it in or what. Glad another book didn't pop up after that.
Katherine
It was such a loss when Margaret Truman died--her novels set in Washington, D.C with the McKenzies as a husband and wife team who find themselves involved in various investigations of the deaths of people in high places, were always so well written and absorbing. The reader had a sense of being there and rubbing elbows with powerful politicians and some of their lesser known henchmen whilst sipping a touch of Blantons with branch or a cube. Coming across another installment of the Capitol Crime...more
Judy Iliff
It has been several years since I read any of the books from Margaret Truman's Capital Crime series. And, yes, if you are not familiar with the author, she is that Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman. This is probably her last book since she died in 2008. I will miss Mac and Annie Smith.

While Mac and Annie are the main characters in all of the Capital Crime books I've read, this time they have a less prominent part in the plot. Robert (do not call him Bobby) Brixton is a retired...more
Diana
I always enjoy Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry Trumqan, mysteries about Washing D.C and this book was no exception. This was a little different as the book opens and much of the story takes place in Savanah, GA. A private detective, and former cop, is asked to investigate a 20 year old apparent murder. The detective, Robert Brixton, does find 2 women who appear to have been involved in 2 murders during this time frame. However, these women now have high conncections in Washington. B...more
John Caron
I would be nice to know the author; not a word anywhere in the book despite the fact that the "author " died two years before publication.. It does not have the sophistication of Truman's writing. If reads like something from a detective magazine, if you remember those. The story itself is far-fetched. The reference to the Kennedy assasinations is implausible and unnecessary. The book seems a money grab by the Margaret Truman Foundation who copyrighted the book.
Joyce
This may or may not have been Margaret Truman's last novel. The copyright is held by her Estate. It is the story of a Private Investigator in Savannah who is hired to investigate a twenty year old murder case. A young black woman, who is an addict and prostitute, confesses to stabbing a man who tried to rape her. She is sentenced to four years in prison and then is killed in a drive by within days of her release. Her Mother is the person who hires the PI. The case leads to the highest levels of...more
Deb
Mac and Annie Smith are still here and their relationship is still wonderfully affirming of a middle-aged loving marriage, but the international conspiracy aspect of this book was not Truman at all. Since she died almost four years ago, I suppose this book was crated out of a story outline in her files. So while I enjoyed the plot quite a bit, it didn't feel (or read) like Truman at all. Shifting back and forth between the voice of various characters was irritating as well. But the conspiracy th...more
Barbara
I thoroughly enjoyed the story-especially the references to Washington D.C. and allusions to secrecy in government. I do wonder if the author began working on the novel before her death in 2008 and finished by someone else later or if it was a story written by ghost writer and then published in her name in 2010.
Linda
I've always enjoyed Margaret Truman's novels because they're not only entertaining, they give you an inside look at the underbelly of politics in Washington, D.C. Whereas this novel begins in Savannah, Georgia, it quickly ties into the political scene in D.C. Mac and Annabel Smith play secondary characters in this book, but help pave the way for private detective Robert Brixton as he tries to tie in the First Lady and her childhood friend, who is currently a political hostess in D.C. and her clo...more
James
This enjoyable, well written mystery is in keeping with the spirit and style of Margaret Truman, but could hardly have been authored entirely by her since the great lady died in January 2008 and the action is set in 2010. The protagonist is a Savannah private eye who retired from the Savannah police department at age 46 in 2006 and who has been doing the private eye thing for four years. He investigates cold murder cases that ultimately lead him to the highest power structure of Washington, D.C....more
Cathy
Having never read any of Truman's books I can't compare this ghost writer with her original works. But, I did enjoy the story. It was realistic and the plot developed quickly; I always read more than I thought each night because I could not put it down. I liked the Savannah setting and the central character was my kind of transplanted city guy. Good summer read.
Susan Weber
I always enjoy a Margaret Truman mystery. They are well written and include some insider knowledge to the Truman and FDR presidencies. This one did not disappoint and had an ending although not satisfying, filled with truth.
Brian Howard
These "Capital Crimes Novels" are all decent reads, solid three stars with a couple of fours in there. So, it turns out that Donald Bain was the primary writer for all the Margaret Truman novels. A bit disappointed with that news, but I will read the final one soon.
Denise Dougherty
Am enjoying catching up on the Margaret Truman books from later 2000 up to her death. Classy lady who is a great example of the adage: success is the best revenge.

Have 2 more audio books lined up next on my list.

DD@Phila
Vickie
I found this book to drag in the middle. However on the plus side, as a series novel, it was very easy to understand without reading any of Margaret Truman's previous works.
Kay
Apr 01, 2014 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Written years after the author's death, this book still have all the characteristics that she was known for. It was a very good read and certainly not a disappointment.
Jayne Ormerod
I don't usually pick up a political thriller, but found this one to be more of a murder mystery partially set agains the backdrop of DC. The other part was set in Savannah, GA, one of my all time favorite cities. I know the author (Margaret Truman, daughter of Harry S. Truman, who had a career as an operah singer before turning to writing) died in 2008 yet the book is set in current day. I thought the book felt as if some parts had been "updated" to make it contemporary and ruined the flow a bit...more
Cathie Smith
the book was confusing but fast paced at times, to me it got good in the middle,

a private eye is hired by an older black lady to find out who killed her daughter 16 years ago. the mother thinks that it had something to do with the murder the daughter coped to even though she did not do it, the daughter was paid to say she killed this guy in a park. so Robert the PI starts looking in to the case and it seems every time he gets two steps someone blocks the ways or someone knows his moves. as he g...more
Carol
Posthumously published, "Monument to Murder" is a somewhat dark and cynical swan song by an old friend. Readers are reminded that sometimes the bad guy wins; life goes on. I have always been a huge fan of Margaret Truman's murder mysteries because of her inside knowledge of Washington, although I would agree with some of her detractors that she was not the most artful and accomplished writer in this genre. This book is not Margaret Truman's most polished work, but is nevertheless a satisfying re...more
Felicia
This was a good read, just not as great asthe rest of her monument series. I think it lacked the Washington vibe.
Delores Thomas
The story was very interesting and involved a fictional President and First Lady involved in a 20 year old murder investigation. Who killed the man? Why did Louise Watkins serve time for the murder but then say she didn't? Why was she killed right after she was released from prison? Why does every lead that P.I. Robert Brixton uncovers end up killed? Will high power prove to be also high corruption? Not all questions can be answered but should they? Read the book and let me know what you think....more
Marcia
This is another Margaret Truman novel with the recurring characters of Mackensie & Annabel Lee Smith. The action takes place in both Savannah, GA and Washington, DC. Truman shows her mastery of how politics in DC really works. The ending may not be satisfying to some readers, but it is realistic. She always finds a way to say something nice about her dad in each of her novels. Her characters go to restaurants frequently. I get hungry while reading her novels.
Nancy
Times are tough in Savannah for former cop and current PI Robert Brixton, so when he agrees to take on a 20 year-old murder case, he figures he’s got nothing to lose. It’s not long before the trail leads him deep into the corrupt underbelly of Savannah’s power elite, and right into the lap of a secret government organization that’s been offing “troublesome” politicians.

Not as good as her others in this series. Maybe be because she barely uses Mac and Annie, but it was good.

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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.

Born in Independence, Missouri, she was christened Mary Margaret Truman (for her aunt Mary Jane Truman and her materna...more
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