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"Nonstop action and a brillianly evocative setting make this another winner!"BOOKLISTDr. Lewis Tunney, a brilliant historian who had stumbled onto an international art scandal, was brutally murdered in front of two hundred guests at an elegant party at the Smithsonian. When his fiancee, Heather McBea, flies in from Scotland to learn more, Mac Hanrahan, the captain in charg"Nonstop action and a brillianly evocative setting make this another winner!"BOOKLISTDr. Lewis Tunney, a brilliant historian who had stumbled onto an international art scandal, was brutally murdered in front of two hundred guests at an elegant party at the Smithsonian. When his fiancee, Heather McBea, flies in from Scotland to learn more, Mac Hanrahan, the captain in charge of the case, takes a heated interest in her. And when two more murders are committed, Hanrahan has reason to worry about Heather's sleuthing. But Heather is stubborn and insists on going her own way--right into the arms of a killer.......

Title : Murder in the Smithsonian
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ISBN : 9780449209592
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 292 Pages
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Murder in the Smithsonian Reviews

  • Colleen
    2019-05-31 08:58

    I was really excited about this and wanted to love it, but I found the writing annoying on a regular basis. I wasn't expecting literature or anything profound, but it often felt like something a high school student would write. A high school student proficient in English, yes, but without the life experience (or maybe reading experience) to not sound young. Constant listy descriptions of what people were wearing or eating, when it wasn't germane to the story - that sort of thing.Once I got used to that, I was less annoyed, but still never got very caught up in the plot. I didn't dislike any of the characters (even the bad guys), but didn't really care about them either. As a native of the DC suburbs, I enjoyed the museum settings very much (and that was the main draw of the book), but that certainly wasn't enough to carry the book. I was really looking forward to reading some of the other books in the series for that reason, but it's going to be tough to talk myself into another one, I'm afraid.Overall, it was a really big MEH. 2.5 stars.

  • Denise Spicer
    2019-06-20 10:51

    When an art expert is murdered at a party, Captain Mac Hanrahan of the Metropolitan Police is on the case. This book has lots of background detail, clothing descriptions, and emphasis on the political and social elites of Washington, D. C. The murder victims fiancée, with ties to the art history world through her Scottish Uncle, assists in the detecting.

  • Johnny
    2019-05-28 05:38

    It is too bad that former President Harry S. Truman didn’t get to read the positive reviews of his daughter’s mystery novels before he died. “Give ‘em Hell, Harry” brought the inferno to a Washington Post music critic after said writer lambasted a performance by Margaret Truman during her singing career. I think the proud and protective father and President would be thrilled with the body (or perhaps, I should say “bodies”) of work in the mystery genre. Before her death in 2008, someone suggested that she was running out of famous venues in Washington, D.C. in which to have murders take place. I’m personally glad she didn’t run out of venues. I’ve enjoyed every mystery I’ve read over the years.Murder in the Smithsonian took me back to my first trip to the Air & Space Museum and my first visit to the National Gallery of Art. Neither of those sites are locations of any of the murder(s) in the book, but they do have a role where one locale advances the plot and another provides misdirection. One such event involves the Friendship 7, John Glenn’s space capsule from the Mercury program. I’d never realized what “Spam in the can” meant for those early astronauts, but suddenly I did. The event in the novel brought back that memory.But the main story in this novel has to do with the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History and, in particular, an exhibition dealing with secret societies prior to the Revolutionary War. The story focuses on the two major societies, the very “patrician” Society of the Cincinnati and the very (for its day) inclusive Legion of Harsa. The murder is apparently precipitated by the display of an artifact from one of these societies and executed with a sword that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And, since the plot has to do with secret societies and at least one conspiracy, the way the plot unfolds matches the subject matter. At times, the procedures involving some of the characters remind one more of espionage work than detective work. That’s the good news.The better news is that there are plenty of potential bad guys to choose from. There are suspects who might be suspect only because of their sexual orientation and there are suspects who might be suspect simply for their convenient presence at the critical reception. There are suspects who are simply overbearing and unlikeable and there are suspects who are suspect simply because they may have been wielding power for too long. The list is long, overlaps, and leaves the principal investigator (Hanrahan) often gasping in frustration. I personally targeted the perpetrator early on, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t tempted to chase some of these other suspects for a few minutes at various points in the book. I do think that the alibis for one of these red herring suspects was a little too convenient and little too hidden from the readers. I can’t think back to any foreshadowing that prepared us for that alibi and didn’t like the closure of that part of the mystery. But it’s a good mystery and I won’t spoil it any more than I may have to this point. Suffice it to say that the lack of foreshadowing on that one suspect keeps this book to three stars and not four in my estimation. Truman was as fine a mystery writer as her father was President (and I consider him the best in my lifetime). Murder in the Smithsonian shows some of that brilliance, but tapers off somewhat when she presents her best “red herring.” Perhaps, said “herring” was too good.

  • Tony Pucci
    2019-06-12 07:01

    A "likeable" book. Very quick read, good for 15-minute stretches on break at work. Nothing earth-shattering, and nearly quaint due to being written almost 30 years ago (pay phones, etc). Margaret Truman is the daughter of former USA President Harry Truman, although Wikipedia tells me her Washington DC murder mysteries may have been ghost written. I'd pick another one of these up at the used book store for reading at work. Not a lot of depth to this book, which was oddly juxtaposed by Truman obviously being a "foodie" when describing in detail the meals the characters were cooking or eating. I quite liked the character of police captain Mac Hanrahan, and wish her DC mysteries were based around him, but from what I can gather online, this was his only appearance.

  • Marty
    2019-05-23 04:02

    Margaret Truman’s books always are full of details of our Washington DC locations. This one is set in the Smithsonian’s American History museum. Heather McBean, had come from Scotland to see the opening of the exhibit where the medal, donated to the museum by her uncle, would be put on display. However, just before the exhibit opened, A priceless medal (with diamonds and rubies) of one of the colonial secret societies was stolen, and an expert on these secret societies was stabbed to death with a sword that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson and the medal was stolen from its case. Soon two other murders were connected to the theft of the medal… by whom? Why? … A good mystery.

  • LeAnne
    2019-05-21 09:39

    An interesting read. Learned something about Scotland and a little about the Smithsonian. The story was okay...not the most suspenseful of her books. The female character, Heather McBean, was a bit irritating....trying to uncover the murderer on her on and occasionally sharing information with the police detective. She often dismissed vital information as unimportant. I wanted to shake her for being so naive.

  • LeAnne
    2019-06-01 11:02

    I learned something about Scotland and a little about the Smithsonian. I've read many of her books and liked them more than this one. The female character, Heather McBean, was somewhat irritating....trying to uncover the murderer on her on and occasionally sharing information with the police detective. She got into some tight spots, mostly because she often dismissed vital information as unimportant. I wanted to shake her for being so naive.

  • QueenTut72
    2019-05-23 06:58

    This series seems to be going downhill. I knew right away who the killer was. The rest of the book was just a long, drawn out story of not much.

  • June
    2019-06-12 10:41

    Not sure why I hadn't discovered Margaret Truman books before, but definitely enjoyed it! Fast paced and interesting.

  • Mary Mathews
    2019-05-29 08:01

    Although slow-moving at times, this was a good mystery. This was not my first Margaret Truman book and I shall continue reading more of her mysteries.

  • Katharine Ott
    2019-05-26 09:02

    "Murder in the Smithsonian" - written by Margaret Truman and published in 1983 by William Morrow and Company. Not very exciting DC murder mystery.

  • Judy Parker Cohen
    2019-06-14 03:55

    good book

  • Diana Westfall
    2019-06-15 05:50

    Easy read while I was sitting at the hospital. Always enjoy these old Margaret Truman books

  • Carla Mullen
    2019-06-14 02:40

    The bestI chose this rating because the story was excellent, I love the Smithsonian, and the story line was great. I am beginning to love the books by this author.

  • Nancy A. Norman
    2019-06-15 03:44

    Great readMargaret is great at keeping the secret of who done it until the right momentKeeps you from putting the book down

  • Argum
    2019-05-26 10:55

    Second I have read in series - totally new characters - how is this a series? ANyway an interesting crime and set up, and the resolution while not unexpected was a really cool underlying motive.

  • Patricia
    2019-05-24 10:59

    I read these books a long time ago and would read them again! Constant action!

  • Wendy Kendall
    2019-05-24 02:37

    The Smithsonian museums are filled with fascinating artifacts, so many displayed and so many hidden in private storage. On a visit you might encounter moon rocks, the Hope Diamond, a fossilized skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, ancient mummies, or in this mystery novel you might see a featured artifact that’s used to commit murder. With all the people who visit the museum, or who attend glittering Smithsonian events, the opportunity for intrigue tugs at the imagination. And why murder? Was it a robbery attempt of a priceless antiquity gone wrong? Or was the victim a target for some sinister reason? Who better to author this D.C. mystery, than a talented U.S. President’s daughter? The police detective called to the scene is under intense pressure to solve this case quickly. He’s being second guessed by members of the Smithsonian Institution, prominent political figures, the media, and a very distraught victim’s fiancé. He’s not one to be rushed though. According to the Smithsonian Institute, their goal is to better predict the future by examining the past. Just as the museum scientists and librarians scrupulously preserve, catalogue, and organize exhibit artifacts, our detective does the same in gathering his clues, examining this murder to predict how he’ll catch a killer. This author cleverly weaves in interesting history and little known facts about the Smithsonian. Tracking the past of the murder weapon we’re led to London, and then follow the trail to Scotland and an ancient Scottish castle. By the time we’re back in D.C., the clues are adding up. First daughter Margaret Truman was ten years old when her father was elected Senator and served for seven years. The family split their time between D.C. and Missouri. She was a college student, majoring in History, when her father was sworn in as Vice President. Less than three months later, he was President. A very talented writer, Margaret’s first book was a memoir of her Missouri childhood and her years at the White House. The New York Herald Tribune's book review section called it "a gracefully written tale of an average American girl drawn by chance into the White House." She went on to write biographies, and a dozen murder mysteries that came to be known as the Capital Crimes Series. These murders are scattered all over D.C. in many distinguished places including the White House. Margaret Truman said, “I love books. I really, really love them. There's something special about bringing people and books together.”

  • Sherry (sethurner)
    2019-06-02 06:01

    "Lewis Tunney stopped in front of a small shop on Davies Street, in London's fashionable Mayfair district." Here's the first line of Murder in the Smithsonian - introducing the reader to the murder victim, a prominent historian who stumbles on a scandal involving people and artifacts at the Smithsonian Institution. I was interested in reading at least one in Margaret Truman's series of murder mysteries set in a city she knew well, Washington D.C. That's accomplished, and now I know I don't need to continue with the series. I found the situations to be improbable, the settings to be a tad too high-flown (black tie dinners, fashionable London hotels, Scottish castles), and the writing too pedestrian. Even though I was at the beach and on a airplane, places where quality literature isn't always necessary, I found myself rolling my eyes at pages devoted to outfits, hairstyles, and corny situations. I guess I've been spoiled by better writing by masters like James Lee Burke or Elmore Leonard.

  • Mary
    2019-06-06 10:50

    Just starting this one and so I don't have a real feel for it yet. It was a slow read. Way too much drinking of the characters, especially the lead detective. It seems that there is a conspiracy of employees of the Smithsonian to steal pieces of art, etc that are donated to the Smithsonian and then sell them. This happened to a medal called the Harsa. A duplicate was used to replace the real one and the donor was murdered and made to look like a suicide. Then the person who purchased the medal is murdered and then the dealer is murdered. A man who is very well versed in the Harsa is murdered at the Smithsonian on the night of the opening. He clues the Vice President in on the scam just before he is murdered. His fiancee comes to US to find out what really happened. The Vice President hires a private eye who is a professor who knows about the items in the Smithsonian and he also gets involved. In the end many die and are injured with true culprit being turned on by her husband, and the others she blackmailed.

  • Margaret Pinard
    2019-06-13 04:36

    I was interested to read one of Margaret Truman's books set in DC because I lived there for 6 years. But what I read was only mildly gratifying. Very little text was wasted on environs, but I did get a chuckle here and there. Otherwise, the murder mystery was set up in a way that seemed dated to me, 30 years on: omniscient view, noticing details that the detective or MC did not that pointed to the culprit very early on, similar devices for red herrings, like a too-lavish lifestyle on a set salary for two of the suspects, the detective marveling at the police lingo his assistant uses that we're all familiar with in this litigious and crime-TV just didn't have much spark for me. Won't continue with the series.

  • Grace
    2019-05-22 07:38

    Police Captain Hanrahan attempts to solve a murder involving a theft from the Smithsonian Institute's American History Museum. A medal from a post-American Revolutionary Society has disappeared and several murders have occurred which seem to be related. Heather McBean, whose uncle and fiance are two of the victims, comes out from Scotland to do a little investigating herself. A friend of her uncle's also becomes involved. Soon, it is difficult to figure out who can and cannot be trusted, as suspects are being added to the list and a crime ring of Smithsonian employees is discovered. I enjoyed this mystery set in Washington D.C.

  • Dawn
    2019-06-19 02:51

    There were a fair number of qualities in this book that were four-star worthy: I liked the main characters, there was good suspense and "creep factor," the pace moved right along, there was a good twist that left me trying to figure out who the villain actually was. One thing held me back from rating it four stars though: I felt like there were too many threads left dangling, too many ambiguities that were never satisfied, and too many secondary characters that weren't fleshed out quite enough for my it was the lack of filling out the fringes of the story that prevented me from rating it higher.

  • Jennice Mckillop
    2019-06-01 08:44

    Fast pace, lots of twists and turns and red herrings. Not too much of a surprise as to the guilty, but an enjoyable road to the discovery.My only beef with it is the detailed descriptions of meals and wines and cooking. It's almost as if the author is showing of her knowledge of "fine food and wines." it was gastronomical overload.Wasn't impressed. So I skipped those sections.Otherwise, a nice little mystery book.

  • Sally Andrews
    2019-06-18 05:04

    I am now on my second Margaret Truman book. First of all, I like them because they take place in Washington, D.C., which is one of my favorite cities. But I also like them because you really don't know until the end 'who did it.' Her characters are well-developed and the plots are interesting. There's not a lot of earth-shaking action, but I don't mind that. I just like a good story. I plan to read more of her books.

  • Judith
    2019-06-15 10:00

    Fast paced and wonderful locations (Scottish estate amongst them) a historian is murdered and his fiancee comes to Washington to find out why and starts her own investigation. Enter Mac Hanrahan, investigating Metro Police captain, who wants to help her out. More murders as Mac starts to worry about Heather, who he thinks may be a target for the killer. I just had to give this five stars - my favourite so far!

  • Linda
    2019-05-24 04:44

    This is my first Margaret Truman, and I have to say it was very good. A man is murdered at a gala at the Smithsonian, and his fiance shows up in DC to find out who dun it! The police don't seem to be able to pin things down, and at the same time, there's a kook who claims to be the heir to Smithson, and he want's everything given to him, or he'll start bombing. There are all kinds of suspects, and the book gives you a run for your money.

  • Steve
    2019-05-21 03:56

    7-1-2016 If I previously read this book, it would have been around 1984 but not placed on Goodreads because there wasn't Goodreads until 2006. Tons of characters to deal without the entry of Mac and Annabel. Enticing to read if you like the Smithsonian. You do get some behind-the-scenes action.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-05-27 05:54

    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

  • Conni Harness
    2019-06-04 11:05

    Continued good read. Ending is weak on this one. Too bad there is not a continuing story throughout the series. Odd to be called Capitol Crime Series & each book is independent. No real need to read in order, seriously!