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Murder at Union Station (Capital Crimes #20)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  465 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
When Washington’s splendid Union Station opened its doors in 1908, the glorious structure epitomized capital stylishness. Today, restored and refurbished, the station is again a hub of activity where the world’s most famous and infamous people meet–and often collide. Now, in Margaret Truman’s new Capital Crime novel, this landmark locale becomes the scene of a sensational ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 26th 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Dec 21, 2008 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So the thing about her books is that they all just kind of end... you keeping waiting for a climax and there isn't one. Like she decides she's written enough words so she can stop now. Again, I knew who did it and why, but there wasn't ever really a confrontation. Also, the I didn't get how the FBI guys were so slow on the uptake when they had wire taps and stuff. One minute they are right there and the next they are asleep missing everything.
Katie Trujillo
This was...okay. It's one of those books that just never quite grabs you but it's not necessarily bad either so you keep reading it hoping that the good part is just a few pages away. Like other readers, I kept waiting for the climax to happen but it just never did. It was a straight easy read through to the end but it never had the excitement that I craved. It wasn't really a waste of my time but I wouldn't read it again. 2.5 stars.
Carl Alves
Murder at Union Station starts with the shooting of a mobster turned government informer at Union Station in Washington. Trying to meet him is Richard Marienthal, a writer who is penning a book about the mobster’s life. When Marienthal begins to dig into why his book subject was shot to death, he begins to find conspiracies leading to the White House and the old Soviet Union and Castro. In the process, Marienthal becomes a target of the killers and has to go on the run.
This novel is a solidly bu
Elizabeth Sulzby
Well, finally I have read a murder mystery by Margaret Truman. I should have saved myself the trouble but I was "between books" and it was either this one or a long hard non-fiction spy book. Should have chosen the hard non-fiction. This book just kept stumbling on and on and on and had a ridiculous false choice between "politics is a game" and "politics should not be a game." I just finished reading a couple of bios of Margaret Truman and learned that her spate of mysteries "at" various Washing ...more
A former Mafia hit man allegedly carried out a contract assassination of a South American dictator based on the orders of the head of an American intelligence service. Following his arrest, he agrees to be a government witness in exchange for being included in the witness protection program as a citizen of a foreign country. Twenty years later, when he is in his 80’s, he agrees to relate his story to a writer, who plans a fictional account of what is related to him on numerous audio tapes as wel ...more
May 25, 2016 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5-22-2016 Seems like a unique premise in murder mystery stories. It certainly doesn't make Washington DC the place many of us want to spend time working but it sure is a great vacation and tourist venue. We actually were wedding guests at the Union Station of Washington DC. Great venue!
Corinne Newell
May 12, 2014 Corinne Newell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Another exciting mystery with red herrings galore. One can learn much about the D.C.landscape and life in our capitol from reading these stories by Truman.
Sep 15, 2015 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
An old-fashioned whodunit, only in this one, you kind of know whodunit from the very beginning. You're reading more to find out whydonit, I guess. And what will happen in the aftermath. It was an interesting angle.
Denise Dougherty
Are they all great? No, of course not. Are they all fun? Yes. And brilliant Margaret also offers up a lesson in the DC area that is also a character in her books. THAT is great.

Sep 28, 2014 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Truman writes engagingly about Washington. The plot here is somewhat transparent but the characters are well-drawn and reflect Washington thinking and Washington speak.
Susan Krich
Aug 27, 2016 Susan Krich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have never been disappointed in any of the Capital Crime Series novels that I have read.
I enjoyed this one but the ending was not what I imagined it would be as I read it.
Sep 11, 2016 grundoon rated it liked it
3.5 Honestly, I'd resigned myself to a slog in finishing out this series, yet heading here into the home stretch I'm pleasantly surprised to again find some simple, unadulterated enjoyment.
Feb 22, 2016 Marcella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another episode of Washington politico and power games to gain control of the nation's high offices.
Very predictable. Didn't like the narrator. On the plus side it was only 3 cds--perfect for the car.
Jan 31, 2014 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book by Truman. The story of a murdered ex mobster with all the political undertones puts this book above her usual mysteries.
Jan 11, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love these books. I glimpse into the world far away from my own.
Deborah Miller
Jul 19, 2015 Deborah Miller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Washington DV mystery!
Mary Mathews
Apr 08, 2015 Mary Mathews rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our favorite characters, Mac and Annabel are in the background this time, leaving us with characters for whom we don't really care, or have we just learned NOT to care for people who work in politics.
Apr 21, 2014 Deborah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable.
Joyce McKune
Jul 10, 2015 Joyce McKune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
Mac was asked to help an author who wrote a book mentioning that the sitting president had ordered a hit back when he headed the CIA.
May 31, 2012 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Margaret Truman, daughter of President Truman, has the inside scoop on Washington D.C. In addition to her fast-paced plots, I enjoy reading about the various neighborhoods her characters travel through in the nation's capital. In Murder at Union Station, an ambitious writer becomes involved in a murder investigation when the subject of his upcoming book is shot moments after he steps off the train at Union Station. Truman combines politics, mystery and a touch of romance in this page-turner.
Vannessa Anderson
Mac and Annabelle are drawn into the murder of a former enforcer.

The sitting president is accused of ordering the murder of a sitting Chilean president while head of the CIA. A former enforcer of the Mob claimed to have been the hit man and hired a Ghost Writer to write his story. A right wing Senator who has made it his life to not let the sitting president see a second term is doing all he can to get the book published.
Guerin Barry does a good job and telling the story.
Tamara Bennett
not as compelling as most of the books in the Capital Crimes' series has been. Main characters were a little dull & undeveloped resulting in my apathy about their fates. Only 1 character did I care about a little bit - i hated the father. The murder mystery itself & the political intrigue were also a little flat. In general I have read almost all of the Capital Crimes & the earliest or maybe the 1st half or so were really good or great & the second half not so much.
Oct 18, 2014 Ninamarie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
More build up than the weak ending deserved...lost momentum in last 40 pages.
I want to like Margaret Truman's books but this is the second of hers I have tried to read; I finished the first but didn't really like it, and I couldn't finish this. Not sure what I didn't like except I think I find the characters to be a bit pretentious. This one involves the murder at Union Station of a man who is integral to a book project being written by the main character. I like the descriptions of Union Station but the plot didn't grab me.
May 03, 2013 Jackie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I couldn't finish. The plot just circulated around a mysterious character for 200+ pages. The author just kept repeated 90% of the same mysterious "facts" by using different characters to repeat them. Super boring. Thought it would get better but I really should have quit after the rule of 100.

(Rule of 100 = take 100 and subtract your age. That's how many pages you should read before deciding if the book is worth continuing.)
Apr 19, 2009 Ari rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Picked it up at the airport, read it on the plane. I was disappointed. The characters mostly didn't seem that interesting and I felt like the plot didn't really resolve in a satisfying way. Main excuse for this novel seems to be to namedrop as many Washington places as possible. Felt formulaic. Possibly some of the earlier novels in the series are good; this one was tired.
Mar 15, 2016 Francine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will preface by saying I like Margaret Truman's books. I love traveling into Union Station.

She mentions monuments, streets and restaurants you may know and that makes it fun. This was a good story and I'd recommend it to murder fiction writers who don't like too much gore but enjoy unraveling the tale.

Aug 10, 2010 Serbma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd actually give this 3 1/2 stars. Don't know what i expected, but it was fun being taken around Washington D.C. , and I thought it ironic that the character "Russo" had the same last name as the "Mob Mayor of Philly", back in (I think it was) the 60's. I would read another Truman novel.
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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
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