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Murder in Georgetown

(Capital Crimes #7)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  748 ratings  ·  54 reviews
"The oil of inside knowledge lubricates the asembled whole into a smooth-running, fast-moving narrative."
Beautiful twenty-year old Valerie Frolich, a Senator's daughter, is killed at a posh Georgetown party. And when Joe Potamos, of the Washington Post's police beat, is assigned to report the murder, he finds out a number of things about Valeri
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published December 31st 1986 by William Morrow & Company (first published 1986)
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Paula Dembeck
I have read about a half dozen of Truman’s Capital Crime Series, although contrary to my usual habit, not in the order in which they were written. I must say this is one of the better ones with a complex plot, a tight narrative and nicely controlled tension.

The body of Valerie Frolich a smart young journalism student and the daughter of prominent senator John Frolich, is pulled out of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in Washington the morning after a festive barge party. The pretty youn
Denise Spicer
Another book of political intrigue in D. C. More sartorial descriptions that will be of interest primarily to fashion designers or perhaps future costume historians. A newspaper man, Joe Potamos, and Peter Languth, a cop, as well as several journalism students vie for the position of solving several murders.
A quote from page 296 still rings true today. “It was a crybaby generation, Potamos thought. Do your own thing, get your act together, snort and smoke and do whatever else turns you on
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Geri by:
I have read this author before and have
liked her writing but this one, not so much.
Sorry to say.
Tom S
Mystery one of my favorite genre of books to read and this book caught my attention. I never read a book by Margaret Truman before so it is a new author for me.

The daughter of the senator has been murdered opening a big mystery case. Joe Potamos is a journalist who is writing about the murder to report information about the murder to the Washington Post. He is also apart of the investigation to figure out the murderer. Joe is soon targeted by the murders who killed Frolic’s daughter
Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you didn't already know it, the daughter of our 33rd president is quite the successful mystery writer. All of her books take place in and around the Washington. D.C. area and involve government figures and the temptations involved with power.

In Murder In Georgetown the daughter of a powerful senator with Presidential ambitions is killed in a park after embarrassing her father at a socialite party with her lewd and suggestive dancing. Is it the father, enraged by the threat to his candidac
Sep 22, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommended to Helen by:
Joe Potamos is a journalist for the Washington Post who gets more involved than he would like with the political intrigue attached to a murder he covers for the paper. He tries to discover who committed the murder only to find another murder, journalism students who want to work with him to solve the crime in exchange for partial credit for the story, and powerful men trying to get Joe off of the story. Along the way, he meets a beautiful pianist who gets dragged into the whole mess with him. Be ...more
Natalia Miranda
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries books. I love how the author choose the others, how they flow so nicely and easy it is to read. It shows reality in politics and how many talks no matter of the circumstances. Joe Potamos is very stubborn and finds out who murdered Senator Frolic's daughter and after he was dismissed from the case. His a journalists that writes on a newspaper but he aims to write a book behind these murders. They try to kill Joe but they ...more
Therese Wiese
Oct 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Obviously I picked this up because of the author's father! But she actually is a pretty fun author to read!
Mar 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is my second Truman mystery. This one is an early book, no cell phones, not much technology. The structure was a bit predictable. Once again there is a group of powerful men who wield their power with disregard to others. This one brings in the Russians and how they pose a real risk to our country and democracy. What is old is new again! Anyway, I enjoy the characters and find myself involved with them, especially the protagonists. Fun to read.
In the first half of this novel, written thirty years ago, I thought time had dissolved: the Russian threat, the fear of electronic surveillance, the espionage all transported Truman's Georgetown to Trump world. The novel moves smoothly, the characters are reasonably well drawn, and the mystery perplexes. But the last third of the novel runs through unlikely plot developments higgledy-piggedy, so that the conclusion fails to satisfy.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 27, 2019 This story has a 1986 copyright or 33 years ago. Just today there was a lengthy Michael Cohen testimony in Congress stating the President of the United States was a crook, a liar, and a cheat. So reading this story now doesn't give the shock value of 33 years ago. Good story!!!! Plus the media whore is is also a crook and scoundrel.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So confused on this series - no running threads. Here we are in Georgetown and journalism. Really crazy stuff going on when a Senator's daughter dies and a reporter who wont quit even when shat upon from on high.
Paula Corregan
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book!

This book was intriguing and had numerous twists and turns. I always enjoy reading Margaret Truman's books. I highly recommend this book to other mystery readers.
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoy Margaret Truman's mysteries and this is another good one. I just keep wanting them to grab their cell phones...not a phone booth.
Gloria Mccracken
Years ago, probably when this series first came out, I read one or two of them. I wondered why I didn't read the rest. Now I know.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder and intrigue involving the US government, the Russians and the print media.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
While I enjoy a good mystery and am intrigued by the angle a daughter of a former President can offer on the inner workings of Washington DC, I found this book, by far, the weakest I've read in this series of stand-alones. There were a hefty ton of characters of which to keep track. The book kept shooting off in directions that were unexpected in such a way that they felt jarring. There weren't really any likable characters. And, dear Lord, the failure to properly proofread before publishing. St ...more
Laura Beasley
The story was pretty good. I enjoyed the first half of the book very much.
The second half I found confusing at times and also like the author was rushing the story and left out some details that would have helped. I had a hard time getting to know her characters. Especially Joe.
I never could really figure him out. There were a couple of surprises but fairly predictable. Joe is a reporter assigned to a murder case. The daughter of a very powerful Senator is murdered. Joe becomes involved w
Ellen Moore
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good mystery involving the death of college journalism students and the political intrigue of their well connected and influential families. Truman writes well, and the solution is not revealed early. A seasoned reporter is featured as the main character. He explores sources and becomes involved with the students, who seem far more interested in establishing their careers as reporters than in assisting the police solve the murders. He also meets an attractive piano player during ...more
3.5 Truman's (HST's daughter) D.C. is not a place I visit with great frequency, but I do enjoy it when I do. She pretty much owns this genre of inside-the-beltway political mystery - old-school and no-nonsense, plotting that draws on her insider's knowledge of the capital's workings, at times perhaps skirting the bounds of plausibility, yet never over-the-top. This one does push it a bit and involves more players than I seem to recall others have, none of which prevents it from being one of her ...more
Cassandra Portee
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, mystery
This book held my interest until the very end. This was a book with the reader having a clear idea of the different character(s) who possibly had motives for committing the crime, but trying to figure out how to prove it and have the evidence stick was the highlight. All I can say is the ending was not what I wanted, and I wish a sequel could be written to bring the story to a final climax. The ending left me wondering....... I am a fan of Margaret Truman, and I enjoy reading her Capital Crime M ...more
This book was written by President Truman's daughter. I think that is noteworthy. The book isn't. It is just a mediocre political murder mystery thriller. It wasn't a bad way to spend a few hours, but it wasn't anything special.
Basically the story goes like this: A Senator's daughter gets killed. A reporter on the crime beat works on figuring out what happened so he can write about it. There are various suspects and then someone else gets killed, and then someone else. Our reporter does al
Fredrick Danysh
Jun 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Washington, DC, even being the daughter of a senator provides protection from crime. Valerie Frolich works as an investigative reporter but is murdered when she looks into a story of manipulated real estate prices, kidnapping, bribery, and murder. Joe Potamos covers the police beat for the Post and knows almost all of Washington's secrets. When he starts investigating the story, he will have to stay alive to file his story.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was better than some of the others in the series. I'm not sure what I liked about it more, maybe the characters (although there were almost too many to keep track of) or the ending (I really liked the ending and felt it fit well with the book). Not sure what it was but definitely worth the read.
Jan 05, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I always enjoy Margaret Truman's books. Her intimate, inside knowledge of the nation's capital makes for fascinating reading. However, 20 years have passed since this book was published and sadly, the topical bits date the novel. Still a good read, though.
Steve Matthews
It's a decent murder mystery set in Washington with the hero a down-and-out journalist going against the nation's power structure. Some of the action is a little bit implausible and there are so many characters it can be occasionally hard to follow. Still it's a fun, light read.
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
Rachel N.
An okay mystery involving the murder of a senators daughter and the investigation into the case by a newspaper reporter. A bit dated with the Soviets being the bad guys and a bit too hokey of a love story for the main character.
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This wasn't my favorite of the series, but it was still a fairly good read. If you enjoy simple mysteries, you should try this series. There's no need to read them in order since she doesn't have her characters reappear [with a few exceptions] and no continuing story line.
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: margaret-truman
These were really good characters and the pace of the mystery was fun to read. As always, Margaret Truman can spin a DC tale like no one else.
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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

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