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Murder at The Washington Tribune (Capital Crimes #21)

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  506 Ratings  ·  66 Reviews
From senators to summer interns, from all the president’s men to all-powerful women, Margaret Truman captures the fascinating, high-wire drama of Washington, D.C., like no other writer. Now this master of mystery fiction takes us into the capital’s chaotic fourth estate. At the big, aggressive newspaper The Washington Tribune, a young woman has been murdered. And the hunt ...more
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Published October 25th 2005 by Brilliance Audio (first published 2005)
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Nike Chillemi
Murder at the Washington Tribune by Margaret Truman was a sad dissapointment to me. I suppose the author was going for sophistication. However, I like the hero (or heroine, or both) to be likable and veteran news reporter at the Trib, Joe Wilcox simply wasn't. Not only that, none of the characters in the book were, except Joe's wife Georgia, who he cheated on with the only other female character who was even remotely likeable, D.C. police detective Edith Vargas Swayze. Joe's TV news anchor daugh ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 2005, Murder at the Washington Tribune, is like Margaret Truman's other mysteries. Superb! There has been a murder in the fictional "Washington Tribune". (All other locals such as eateries, and other landmarks are authentic to D C ) The police are investigating, but the paper starts it's own investigation as well. Enter Joe Wilcox, a veteran crime reporter. He's married, has an adult daughter with a career in broadcast journalism. Joe is in full tilt midlife crisis. He's knocking on ...more
Nicole Chavez
Mar 09, 2016 Nicole Chavez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Truman book that I read after reading so much praise about her other DC crime books. Truman tells the story of a seasoned reporter who's likely at the end of his career and has little motivation. An easy book to read. I was actually expecting more of a revealing end to the book, I had high expectations and it wasn't so shocking.

I definitely have to say that Truman's description of a crime reporter job, what it entitles and the frustrations are very, very accurate. She didn't r
Aug 24, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a 5 star book for me up until the end. It felt like she just ran out of steam and the way the ending was presented was just flat and uninspired. During the majority of the book, it was exciting and I looked forward to what was going to happen next.
Jun 16, 2015 Gwen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the interest of full disclosure, this is the first mystery I've ready by Truman (so I'm a little slow). And, I'm not a DC denizen, so I have no idea how accurate, or not, some of the details are.

There were many things I enjoyed about this book, a mystery that centers with, yes, a murder at a newspaper. The relationship, and tension, between Joe Wilcox, Tribune crime reporter, and Roberta Wilcox, daughter and television reporter, was a good one. The pride, and concern, they had for each other,
Apr 13, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy Margaret Truman's writing and this was no exception. I was kept guessing all the way through although I definitely had my suspicions - which were ultimately confirmed.

One criticism is that things wrapped up quickly and neatly at the end. It seemed like there was all this drama and drawing out to set the stage and then, boom! mystery solved and the book ended. Another criticism was the ease of the main character, Joe, of selling out his ethics. He suffered a few pangs of conscience but I
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
2.5 Stars

Margaret Truman is usually a good read. She knows how to meld character and plot driven narrative into her Capital Crimes Series, and that is what makes her mysteries good. However, Murder at The Washington Tribune was not her best novel. The plot line of young beautiful and rising “Panache” reporter, Jean Kaporis, at the fictitious Washington Tribune found brutally strangled in the supply closet at the far end of the newspaper’s main Newsroom immediately hooks the reader; especially wh
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Feb 20, 2008 Trebro rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Once upon a time I read Margaret Truman mystery novels. I don't remember which ones they were, sadly, but I do remember liking them. So I started to collect them as I found them at book sales and whatnot, and when I got back into audio books at the beginning of the year, I thought I'd start "reading" some of them.

Well, either my taste has changed or Ms. Truman's writing has faltered because this one's a total dud. Had it not been an audio book, I'd have probably given up. As it was, the story im
Apr 12, 2014 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Unlike the other books Truman has written, this one did not deal with politics. Instead it dealt with an aging reporter who does not follow the ethics he has always held so high. Add a brother who has been in a mental hospital for murder for 40 years, a daughter that is a popular t.v. reporter, a wonderful understanding wife, a policewoman that he once had a fling with and other colorful characters. It was actually a good book.
Joan Schrock
Apr 29, 2015 Joan Schrock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I likee Margaqret Truman Washington Mysteries because there are interesting facts about Washington and a sneek peekinto the inner government workings as well as a mystery to solve at the same time. This is "Chewing gum for the eyes" as a friend once described a light, non descriptive violence, easy reading book.
Leroy Seat
This is the first murder mystery I have read since "Murder on K Street," Margret Truman's novel published in 2008, the year she died. And was a very engaging book that I enjoyed a lot. But I thought there was a basic flaw: the plot hinged on something (that seemed quite unimportant at the time), which while not impossible seemed quite improbable. Had it not been for that, I would have given it four stars rather than just three.

I liked what Joe once said to his daughter: "If you're ever put in a
Rebecca Shields
This was a decent little mystery set in the journalism field. I prefer my thrillers to have a little bit more substance, plot, depth, etc but I still enjoyed this as a quick read.
Jan 10, 2016 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this title up at the library hoping it might be a good read. I had no idea that this was (1) Harry Truman's daughter or (2) a really, really great story! I'm a fan.
Jun 20, 2015 DJ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Narrator for audio version was dreadful. Same dull, dry voice was the same for every character. Got halfway through and gave up. Like watching paint dry.
Jan 25, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My mom loved Margaret Truman books so I would always bring some to her. I never read them. I bought this book shortly before she passed away and she was having trouble reading. I rescued it. She never read it. I loved it, or was it she loving it through me. I will read more, Mom!
Jan 24, 2016 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know that it was a book in a series. I found that out. It stands on it own. Had me guessing until the end.
Joyce McKune
Jul 10, 2015 Joyce McKune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
A reporter for the Washington Tribune, getting on towards retirement, forges a letter to himself saying it's from the serial killer.
Nov 02, 2011 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In lieu of moving my life 3,000 miles my book goal for the year got slightly skewed... After the start of unpacking and being desperate for a book and having this one be the one I found... It still wasnt all & all awful, but it was more like a re-heated Cromwell/Patterson book. This genre is in some serious need of a re-vamp.

While we all know what Truman is famous for... and if you don't stop reading only the comics in the paper, she's not an awful writer, but I'm fairly certain publishers c
Sep 17, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Typical Margaret Truman whodunit.
Feb 15, 2009 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Wilcox is a cops reporter nearing retirement. He has been a competent and ethical reporter over the years, but is still looking for that one big story which will leave its mark over the years. He is tested by a murder which occurs right under his nose at his paper. He is tempted to cut corners to sensationalize the story, he succumbs and must bear the consequenses. I started this book a couple of years ago, and quit. Since I am reaching retirement it was painful to read about someone flaming ...more
Yosef Shapiro
Feb 26, 2014 Yosef Shapiro rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Not one of her better efforts. It was very predicatble and had very one dimensional characters.
Linda Fast
Apr 27, 2013 Linda Fast rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book centers around the Washington Tribute where a young female journalist has just been strangled. Joe Wilcox, an older journalist is investigating who has committed the murder and will stop at nothing, no matter how low, to find out the truth. As Wilcox is being pushed slowly out of hi job he tries to reinvent himself as a top notch reporter and risks his job as well as his family and personal relationships.
I found this book to be boring and it dragged slowly.
E.M. Lynley
Not a well-written mystery. The perp was pretty obvious, particularly because there were no other reasonable suspects. The protag wasn't engaging or likable, and I wouldn't have kept reading except that I wanted to read a book featuring a journalist at a DC paper.
Jun 21, 2008 Lorraine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to, mystery
Falls in the category of run-of-the-mill mystery novel. Nothing really suspenseful or interesting about it.

Too many ruminations by characters about things the reader doesn't care about. Perhaps they were to give the characters some depth and personality, but the introspections were boring.

The wife is as flat and static a character as they come.
The cop's divorce storyline was completely irrelevant, as is the daughter's love life.
Jul 20, 2009 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vacation
The last of my official beach reads this year carried into the next week; its amazingly difficult to balance reading with little people in the house.
Multiple murders set the stage for a possible serial killer at the Washington newspaper. Writer Joe Wilcox finds himself in the midst of all the action.
Very enjoyable, with a easy lobs but also a couple of twists I didnt see coming.
Margaret Truman has made a name for herself writing novels set in Washington Institutions. This is set in the offices and atmosphere of Washington Journalism. It has very nice elements...the struggle over the evolving nature of journalism...print vs TV, young vs old...a strangely compeeling personal story behind crime reporter Joe Wilcox's descent into corruption.
Oct 19, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid well written book that kept me guessing all the way to the last chapter where the perpetrator was revealed. Margaret Truman does an excellent job of creating characters that are both believable and likeable. They are well rounded and each person had their good and not so good qualities.
Jun 29, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
book on tape
veteran Trib reporter Joe Wilcox, whose career is mired in frustration and disappointment, the case strikes close to home. His daughter is a beautiful rising TV news star.
good twists and turns. his brother is something else.
highly recommend, terrificv ending!!!
Aug 08, 2013 AnnieM rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it was a ling rambling style book. I found the characters somewhere between whiney and annoying. it was too long and I lost interest I. the journalism setting long before the books was done. I doubt I would listen to another audio book by this author.
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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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