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Monument to Murder: A Capital Crimes Novel Hardcover – July 5, 2011


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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Crimes
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (July 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765326094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765326096
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #865,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Truman’s far-reaching knowledge of the Washington, D.C., societal hierarchy, replete with social-climbing mavens and ambitious politicians, stitches a rich tapestry as background for a sordid tale of blackmail and murder. This will hook the reader from the start and not let go until the unpredictable last scene."
--RT Book Reviews

About the Author

MARGARET TRUMAN won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her Capital Crimes mysteries.  Her novels let readers into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation’s capital.  She was the author of many nonfiction books, including The President’s House, in which she shared some of the secrets and history of the White House, where she once resided.  She lived in Manhattan.

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Felt like the author just wanted book to end.
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I'v read this book before and chose to read it again on Kindle.
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I have liked Margaret Truman's books since she first published.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen T. Hopkins VINE VOICE on July 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The latest, and probably last, Capital Crimes series novel written by the late Margaret Truman is titled, Monument to Murder. While series protagonists Mac and Annabelle appear in this novel, they don't show up until after one hundred pages of exposition are presented. A private detective has been hired to investigate a decades old murder, and he stumbles his way into a coverup that reaches to the highest levels of government. This novel provides quick, light reading, and the kind of mystery in which all the pieces unfold without requiring a lot of attention. Those readers who enjoy entertaining mysteries with interesting plots and reliable characters are those most likely to appreciate this book.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jinny Petra on October 9, 2011
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Hmmmm, there is definitely something strange with this novel that is quite confusing and that I don't understand. If this is supposed to be a book written by Margaret Truman, from her estate, and she passed away in 2008, how then on the third page of this book, a statement is made that a murder was committed sixteen years ago, in 1994? While I'm not a mathematical genius, I believe that this would bring us up to 2010, two years after Mrs. Truman passed. Also, I think you should get a better proofreader, since there is a glaring error on page 16 of this book. I thought the mother's name was Eunice, not Louise. If Mrs. Truman's family does "allow" more of her manuscripts to be published, this is one fan who will not be buying any future books. I'm choosing to remember her as the great author that she was and, tsk tsk, shame on her family for allowing their mother's memory to be sullied by such a poor performance. Even the publisher and the jacket of the book are different. It goes without saying that I'm extremely disappointed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James B. Casey on October 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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. and into collaboration with two of Truman's veteran protagonists --- Mac Smith and Anabel. It is an enjoyable read and I do hope that we will see more from the "ghost writer" who is continuing the Margaret Truman line of entertaining mysteries.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Collier on December 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 completed by a ghostwriter, or perhaps a ghostwriter wrote the book based on her notes. All in all, it was an interesting, and readable mystery, and for fans of Margaret Truman, it does bring a bit of closure to the series, but it is not one of the best.

The story begins almost a la John Grisham with Savannah, Georgia retired police officer turned private eye Robert Brixton taking on the case of a family whose daughter and sister, Louise Watkins, who was mysteriously gunned down 20 years ago, after serving a four-year prison sentence for a crime they say she didn't commit. As Brixton starts to dig into this latest case, he finds himself being thwarted by those who are trying to protect the long-held secrets of Savannah's elite society. The case leads him to Washington, D.C. in a mystery that has implications for the White House. Beloved Truman characters Mac and Annabelle Smith make several appearances, doing what they can to help Brixton get to the bottom of his case, and bring some closure for Watkin's family. A close brush with death, and secrets that run so deep in Washington, they date back more than 50 years, are hallmarks of this thriller.

I would definitely recommend this title to other ardent fans of Truman, for for those who haven't read her before, don't start here!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookaholic on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We obtained this title as we began reading the series in the '80s for light reading. Seeing that "Mac" and his wife made a return was a draw for us as well. The style is not as good as earlier titles and there are an incredible number of "coincidences," e.g. main characters running into each other from Savannah to D.C. before any needed involvement in the story line not to mention forming opinions about each other. Then there are hints that those who are not for "big government" are the "bad guys." It got a little too obvious that there was an agenda to the writing and not just a tale of murder and intrigue. I would liked to have seen the series end on a better note. Should there be future "ghost writing" using this series as a basis, I would hope that they would be more like the earlier titles and not this last one which I didn't think was much of a "Monument."
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