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Murder on Capitol Hill (Capital Crimes) Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2001

4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
Book 2 of 26 in the Capital Crimes Series

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“BRIGHT, WITTY, [AND] FULL OF WASHINGTON INSIDER INSIGHT.”
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“SHE’S UP TO THE MINUTE. AND SHE’S GOOD.”
–Associated Press

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Between them, Senator Cale Caldwell and his blue-blooded wife controlled as much power on Capitol Hill as the law would allow. Sadly, it wasn?t sufficient to protect him from a killer, even surrounded by his friends at a champagne reception in his honor.

The senator?s murder wasn?t the family?s first brush with violence. Only two years ago, a niece had been murdered, her killer never found. But when attorney Lydia James, counsel to a senate committee investigating the tragedy, suggests there might be a connection between the two deaths, she?s voted down fast. Yet strange rumors persist. The senator?s death could benefit many people, among them a bitter political adversary, an ambitious talk show host, and a master of spin who makes even murder look
good. . . .

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Product Details

  • Series: Capital Crimes
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reissue edition (October 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345443802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345443809
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,323,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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None of Margaret Truman's mysteries rise to the level of the greatest mystery writers, but they are clearly the best of the celebrity mysteries and show a real understanding of Washington and politics.
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Absolutely love Margaret Truman's series of Capital Crimes novels----however, I jumped in and began reading and I would recommend reading them in the order she wrote them for introduction of characters. Plot well developed, good twists and turns and endings sometimes a great shocker for a mystery writer like myself.
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While these books are all similar by title and even general plot, they are all very interesting and still a great read. She really does the political thriller/murder mystery well as her depiction of Washington politics and the peoople involved is very accurate and believable. I am interested to find the twist in each one.
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The second in Margaret Truman's "Murder in Washington" series is better than the first. In "Murder on Capitol Hill" Truman has a surer grasp of character and plot than in "Murder in the White House", but her research is still done from memory and the story is predictable. Senator Cale Caldwell is murdered at a party, leaving readers a finite number of suspects as heroine lawyer Lydia James leads the investigation. Truman gives us an interesting and well-drawn array of suspects, but most readers will have worked out the plot halfway through.
As in "White House", Truman relies heavily on her Washington memories rather than researching new ones. So instead of interesting and detailed insights into the Senate's back rooms, we get a lot of chats in restaurants and bars. Despite its title, there is very little description of Capitol Hill. Readers interested in juicy insider insights will be disappointed. With a few pen strokes, the book could be set in any city. A quick read, not bad, but lots of room for improvement.
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This is the second of 24 Capitol Crimes novels that Margaret Truman wrote, and the fourth one that I read. I have recently completed acuqiring the entire collection and look forward to reading them all.

This book keeps the reader in suspense and makes them want to keep reading, and turning the pages until the very suspenseful ending to find out who killed the victim.
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I have read all of Margaret Truman's books and she is one of my favorite authors. All of her books are set in Washington D.C. and are set in many of the historical landmarks. If you love mystery and love history, you will LOVE this book.
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This is a suspenseful murder mystery with all the right elements. Only two things kept me from giving it five stars. I had trouble keeping the characters straight; there were just too many of them. And a phone call made by Christa's friend Amy towards the end seemed contrived. The reason she gave for making the call just didn't jibe and it seemed more a convenience for the author, who needed to get someone from Washington to New York. Other than those two things, an excellent book. I will be reading more of these!
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Senator Caldwell is murdered at a party in his honor. Lydia Grant is picked to head a special Senate committee investigating h is death. She comes to believe his death may be connected to that of his foster daughter Jimmye. A decent mystery with some good political flavor.
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