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Monument to Murder (Capital Crimes #25)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  418 Ratings  ·  87 Reviews
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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Jul 28, 2011 Matt rated it really liked it
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
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
Aug 31, 2011 Aaron rated it it was ok
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
Sep 16, 2016 Steve rated it liked it
Sept 2016 no wonder I felt like I just read it and skipped to the end.
I continue to like the story more as I keep reading it.
June 1, 2016 I definitely liked this story much more in 2016 but I do understand my criticisms.

August 2011 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!!!!!!
Marilyn Fontane
Aug 08, 2014 Marilyn Fontane rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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
Paula Dembeck
Jul 30, 2016 Paula Dembeck rated it liked it
This is another installment in Truman’s Capital Crimes series. The book lists her as its author, but it was published posthumously and it is not clear who wrote it. Donald Bain had an arrangement with Truman to take over the series, but this book does not have his name attached to it. Had she started the book, had it partially finished and Bain tidied it up after her death? Who knows. What is clear is that works published after this installment clearly carry Bain’s name.

Much of this book takes p
May 31, 2014 Katy rated it it was amazing
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
May 20, 2015 Vainvt rated it liked it
Our book group had an assignment to read any book by Margaret Truman, and since I had never read anything before, I had low expectations. What a pleasant surprise to find an enticing murder with well-developed characters and a keen sense of social and political climates. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would read more by Margaret Truman.
At another book group, I learned that one of our well-read members loves her books and that another member had a vacation home next to her and remembers her a
May 20, 2012 Bob rated it liked it
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
Mar 13, 2014 Amy Sheldon rated it liked it
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.
Justin Sylvia
May 16, 2015 Justin Sylvia rated it liked it
Overall it was a decent book. I wasn't sure what to think. First it started with it being all about Detective Robert Brixton, then it one point it goes somewhere else, leaving wondering if your going to end up reading about two different people who may not seem like they have anything in common, therefore you're left wondering why two different people are in the same book. However what people may not realize is these two different people do have one main core thing in common. Overall I enjoyed t ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
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
Karen GoatKeeper
Oct 01, 2016 Karen GoatKeeper rated it liked it
This mystery is more complex than Truman's usual ones. It begins with a private eye in Savannah, Georgia, hired to find out if a girl killed 20 years before really did commit the crime she had gone to prison for. The clues lead him to a connection with Washington, D.C.
Mac and Annette Smith then enter the scene connecting the private eye with people in Washington.
Complications enter via hired hitmen.
The ending was realistic but not necessarily the one I would wish for.
This is a nice light read as
Judy Iliff
Oct 06, 2011 Judy Iliff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Jun 27, 2012 Diana rated it liked it
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
Mar 20, 2014 John Caron rated it it was ok
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.
Norma Kallman
Story about a 20 year old murder. A black girl took the blame for a stabbing in payment of $10,000. She was killed after her release to keep her from telling the truth. Her mother hired a PI to find out who really killed the man. It was the first lady and her best friend's father who was behind the payoff and killing.
Aug 18, 2011 Joyce rated it liked it
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
Sep 26, 2012 Deb rated it liked it
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
Aug 09, 2014 Barbara rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 19, 2016 Marianne rated it liked it
Enjoyable book by a lady who certainly knows her way around Washington ... and enough of a teaser to pick up other books in this series. Although the authorship is credited to Donald Bain, Margaret Truman was the actual author of the first books in this series.
Feb 12, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
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
Dec 24, 2012 James rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2014 Cathy rated it really liked it
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.
Lauretta Farrell
Jun 07, 2015 Lauretta Farrell rated it it was amazing
I found this engrossing right from the start. I enjoy Margaret Truman's writing, and this did not disappoint. Deftly weaving three seemingly independent stories and then bringing them together seamlessly, it was a great read.
Susan Weber
Jul 06, 2014 Susan Weber rated it really liked it
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
Apr 30, 2014 Brian Howard rated it liked it
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.

Aug 05, 2014 Vickie rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 25, 2014 Carla rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books, mystery
This wasn't a bad read at all. I haven't read many of the books that weren't actually written by Margaret Truman (all of hers were so good!), but this one was enjoyable.
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From Wikipedia: Donald Bain (born 1935) is a United States author and ghostwriter.

Author Jack Pearl is his cousin and sometime co-author.

Known Pseudonyms:
Jessica Fletcher
Joan Wood
J.D. Hardin
Nick Vasile
Mike Lundy
Pamela South
Lee Jackson
Stephanie Blake
Marjorie Margolies
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Capital Crimes (1 - 10 of 29 books)
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  • Murder on Capitol Hill (Capital Crimes, #2)
  • Murder In The Supreme Court (Capital Crimes, #3)
  • Murder in the Smithsonian (Capital Crimes, #4)
  • Murder on Embassy Row (Capital Crimes, #5)
  • Murder at the FBI (Capital Crimes, #6)
  • Murder in Georgetown (Capital Crimes, #7)
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  • Murder at the Kennedy Center (Capital Crimes, #9)
  • Murder at the National Cathedral (Capital Crimes, #10)

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