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In the depths of the U.S. Library of Congress toil thousands of researchers, chasing down obsessions, breakthroughs, and new contributions to human wisdom. But when amateur D.C. sleuth Annabel Reed-Smith enters this stately American institution, she discovers a hornet's nest of intrigue and murder.After a renowned scholar is bludgeoned to death among the scholarly stacks,In the depths of the U.S. Library of Congress toil thousands of researchers, chasing down obsessions, breakthroughs, and new contributions to human wisdom. But when amateur D.C. sleuth Annabel Reed-Smith enters this stately American institution, she discovers a hornet's nest of intrigue and murder.After a renowned scholar is bludgeoned to death among the scholarly stacks, an ambitious TV reporter links the case to the heist of a Spanish painting from a Miami museum and a killing in Mexico City. Annabel suspects that buried in the Library are secrets some people will do anything to keep silent-the secret of a rich man's ambition, a researcher's disappearance, and a mysterious diary of Christopher Columbus's journey written five hundred years ago. . . ....

Title : Murder at the Library of Congress
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ISBN : 9780449001950
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Murder at the Library of Congress Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-07-13 08:27

    Art gallery owner Annabel Reed-Smith is assigned the task of writing an article on some missing diaries from an associate of Christopher Columbus. While doing some research in the Library of Congress, an expert in the field is murdered. Despite her intentions not to get involved, she ends up helping to crack the case. There is some interesting "insider" info on the workings of the library of congress, and also some interesting history about Columbus. However, I found Annabel to be annoyingly perfect (wealthy, goodlooking, well-connected art gallery owner and former high powered attorney) which kept me from enjoying the book more. Also, they kept referring to the head of the library as the "Librarian," which reminded me of the Seinfeld episode about "The Maestro."

  • Anne Lemieux
    2019-07-17 12:28

    Enjoyed the setting and descriptions of the LOC. Going for a class this summer so will be looking for things from the book.

  • Judy
    2019-06-22 15:27

    My f2f book club choice for July. Wouldn't have read it otherwise. Truman writes a simple but interesting mystery. I especially liked the descriptions of the Library of Congress, though the stats would be a little old. I read some of Truman's mysteries a few years ago, but doubt that I'll read any more. Still good light reading with no cursing or objectionable material. Would be fine for younger readers.

  • Heidi
    2019-07-19 14:40

    Definitely fun due to the Washington DC location and history. Great as an audiobook.

  • Bev
    2019-06-21 08:29

    Murder at the Library of Congress is the sixteenth novel in Margaret Truman's Capital Crimes series--but the first one I've read. I grabbed it up at the Friends of the Library Bookstore primarily because it was set at the Library of Congress. Mysteries set in libraries represent another sub-genre that I like to read. This one has Annabel Reed-Smith, former lawyer and current art gallery owner, doing research at the Library of Congress for an article about Christopher Columbus. Specifically, she is trying to determine if rumors of a diary written by Bartolome de Las Casas, one of Columbus's companions, are based in fact or if it is all just a pipe dream. Also at the library is Michele Paul--the world's leading scholar on all things Las Casas. He has been doing research on the supposedly lost diary for years. Annabel wants to consult him, but the man is insufferably rude and unhelpful. He also has a knack for making nearly everyone he meets hate him. So, it's not much of a surprise when he winds up dead--whacked with the proverbial blunt instrument. Is his death related to the diary? And what does a missing painting by a second-rate artist have to do with it--if anything? Annabel and an ambitious television newswoman dig up clues and answers...and it all comes down to some very interesting files on computer disks discovered in one of the Library's forgotten collections.This is a fairly decent mystery. I liked Annabel and her husband, as well as most of the other main characters. I saw the solution coming a long way ahead....although not the complete details. But I can't say that this book is so outstanding that I'll be tracking down the others in the series. If they come along, then I'll read them, but I'm in no hurry. Three stars for a decent outing.This review was first posted on my blog My Reader's Block. Please request permission before reposting. Thanks.

  • JodiP
    2019-07-10 11:25

    I was really looking forward to getting into this series. I'd read about it on Jungle Red--the author is Margaret Truman, daughter of President and Bess Truman, so I expected well-crafted savvy writing about DC. What a clunker this was! She used very outmoded language, especially for the thugs--they actually referrd to women as dames and broads. They were so cartoonish. The two heroes are so perfect: the woman owns a gallery of pre-Columbian art in George town, which of course is doing so well she can leave it to her assistants to run while she spends a couple months researching an article about the Las Casas Diaries at the LC. The husband is a GU law professor, and their marriage is perfect. They're gorgeous, and the other male characters routinely make comments about the woman behind her back.Too bad, because the mystery is intriguing: Las Casas was apparently a friend of Columus' and may have writtendiaries about the first three trips to the New World. There may also be a map showing where lots of gold is buried! Fun stuff. The LC wants the map and diaries for the prestige, and there is likely some really shady dealing involved in getting it.The final straw for me: the director of the LC is talking with a wealthy man who wants to help acquire the docs, and is acting as go-between. He makes some cheesy reference to doing it for his country. The direcotr thinks :I wonder what Ayn Rand would have to say about that. No one does anything without significant self-interest." Clunky and contrived. It made me wonder if MT was a Rand enthusiast, but the only thing I found is she made antoher AR reference in another book.I was reading City of Women at the same time, and comparing the writing was like comparing a Hershey's Kiss to chocolates from the St. Croix chocolate company. I gave up.

  • Beth
    2019-06-20 08:43

    This is one of the books in the Capital Crimes series by the daughter of Harry Truman. I've always meant to read something by her, so finally got around to it. The book featured likable characters and a fun setting at the Library of Congress. I don't think the mystery was as good as many others I've read, but it was still entertaining. A painting is stolen at a small museum in Miami. Then a scholar at the Library of Congress is murdered. Both incidents relate to the quest to find the missing diaries of a companion of Christopher Columbus who accompanied him on his expeditions to the New World. Former lawyer and pre-Columbian art expert Annabel Reed-Smith gets involved in solving the mystery while doing research at the LC.

  • Beth
    2019-07-18 13:32

    This was my first Margaret Truman mystery. It was just OK, although I will admit that since it was such an easy read (and I have 3 more of her books on my shelves - thank you Mommy McD?) I will probably read her again.I just felt like there wasn't enough depth of character and story. It felt very skimmed over and I felt there was a ton of material that could have made this a really great historical ficton mystery. It was fairly obvious who had done it, but the link was weak.I am probably being overly critical as I read this book in two days and wasn't completely disappointed by it, but as a mystery junkie, it just wasn't great!

  • Lollyletsgo
    2019-07-20 09:27

    If you are privy to the inner workings of special collections within libraries, this book will ring very true for you. She also illumintes on the ways that museums and libraries acquire rare pieces, which is in this case is dubious. Ms. Truman really knows her stuff about the political systems and how the quid pro quo system travels from the Hill rolling down to all aspects of the government. I found those aspects of the novel quite fun to read.

  • Yasmin
    2019-06-22 12:40

    A little dull and a lot cliche. This was written in the 90's, but the style of speech is not believable at all. The mention of knees were made so often that it might make a good drinking game. Overall, the story seemed very shallow and it felt as if Ms. Truman was simply phoning it in to continue the series.

  • M
    2019-06-26 15:39

    I had no idea this book was part of a series until there were mentions of past exploits of the characters. This can be read as a stand alone, however. I just didn't care that much about the people in this book, nor did I care about the politics of the LOC. I'm pretty easy to please with books, so....meh.

  • grundoon
    2019-06-25 07:30

    2.5 If she could confine herself to Washington, she can write a pleasant enough mystery. This one even had most of the right elements in good balance. But a wholly unnecessary detour to remind us how corrupt and unscrupulous the Mexican people are, an equally unneeded and weak final action scene and one final unsolicited political opinion demanded deductions.

  • Shelley Mason
    2019-07-10 13:52

    Very simply written. I'm not sure why Mac needed to be mentioned in this book. This was my first Margaret Truman book. I will try another in hope that they will become more noteworthy.

  • Kay
    2019-07-09 13:31

    This book was a little disappointing. For some reason the plot nor the characters held a lot of appeal for me. I have found her other books more 'page turners'.

  • Ida
    2019-06-28 10:37

    As the search is on for fabled diaries and maps kept by a companion of Christopher Columbus, researchers disappear or die along the way. Gallery owner & former criminal attorney, Annabel Reed-Smith has been commissioned to do research at the Library of Congress and write an article about the possibility that the diaries and maps exist, so she is drawn into the intrigue.Well-plotted enough to keep me reading to the end, but the writing was uneven. Enjoyable enough.

  • Argum
    2019-07-03 07:42

    Mac and Annabel are at it again but mostly Annabel. She has been asked to write a magazine piece on Columbus fro the Library of Congress. But she quickly learns that all is not as serene as you expect. The very obnoxious expert is secretive and a giant pain in the butt, but two days in Annabel finds him dead. A journalist is on the scene because of a theft of a Columbus related painting in Miami. Big plots and the dirty side of art is explored

  • LeAnne
    2019-06-21 10:32

    One of the best ones from Margaret Truman. Book number 16 so it's well into the background of Mac and Annabel. Interesting to learn about behind the scenes of the authenticating process although the storyline was a little uninteresting as far as what was driving the mystery. There were several potential protagonists and I was guessing until the last chapter when it became clear. I enjoy reading her mysteries, all set in Washington D.C.

  • Julie
    2019-07-15 12:49

    I'd forgotten how much I enjoy Margaret Truman's storytelling.

  • Kathy L. Brown
    2019-06-30 08:30

    quite average. sleuth figures it out seconds before being attacked by killer.

  • Sue Landes
    2019-06-23 07:33

    A good Margaret Truman murder.

  • Eileen
    2019-07-17 09:36

    Started it, but then skimmed through it to the end. Was OK.

  • Tim
    2019-06-27 14:31

    I picked this up at a yard sale, but decided to get the unabridged audiobook, narrated quite well by Richard Poe, from the Library. I have found that Ms. Truman, daughter of President Harry Truman and his wife Bess, was not only a professional singer, but an author of both fiction (some 25 murder mysteries set in Washington, D.C., known collectively as the “Capital Crimes” – indeed, one of them, “Murder at the White House,” was made into a recent movie, “Murder at 1600”) and non-fiction, including a biography of her father. This one starts out with a theft of a piece of art in Miami. This painting is by a minor 19th century artist depicting Columbus presenting the King and Queen of Spain with his “Book of Privileges,” which is essentially a description of his voyages and treasures from the New World. A security guard is killed in the process. Sometime afterwards, at the Library of Congress (LC), a somewhat nasty, rude, egotistical, and not-at-all-appealing fellow named Michele Paul is murdered in his office. Michele had been a renowned expert on Bartolom de Las Casas, one of Columbus’s co-voyagers and a confidant. There had been theories circulating that Las Casas had a somewhat different viewpoint on these New World voyages and may indeed have a map to a treasure that Columbus failed to mention. Annabel Reed-Smith, former attorney, has been commissioned to write an article for a professional magazine on Las Casas, and thus had been working closely with Michele for her research on the article) discovers his body slumped over his desk. Lucianne Huston, a reporter in Miami assigned to cover the art theft there, learns of the murder of Paul and smells a rat and a connection between the two events. She goes to D.C. and interviews a number of personnel, including Anabell, who also comes to suspect a connection. There are a number of suspects, because, after all, who wouldn’t want to kill that nasty, pompous Michele? So I’m not going to give away the connection or the identity of the culprit, but I gotta say I figured it out before Anabell or Lucianne did. But what the hey, it was a fun read, and I learned a great deal about the LC I had never known before, making it an even more fun ride. Probably will read some more of these books, as well as watch “Murder at 1600.”

  • Cooper
    2019-07-17 13:46

    This is my first Margaret Truman mystery.I am a huge bibliophile and have visited the Library of Congress (or LC as we're told it's called by locals) numerous times. Being surrounded by books is one of my great joys. I know I know, I love my iPad as well, but there's nothing better than tearing through a paperback book on the beach, on the bus, or just sitting on my couch.That being said, overall I thought Murder at the LC was a pleasant read with some twists and turns that took us from DC to LA to Miami to Mexico City. Part academic, part treasure hunter, part egocentric, Michele Paul has been looking for the Las Casas diaries and map that would show where Christopher Columbus had buried gold. Annabel, our protagonist, discovers Mr. Paul murdered and soon connects his murder with the disappearance of another academic who had been on a quest to find the very same diaries and map.Annabel, a former attorney, is smart, loyal, and tenacious and is able to piece together the mystery until the murderer is revealed and the Las Casas mystery is solved (sorta). There are several other bit players, such as her husband and employees at the LC Annabel confers with as well as an investigative journalist looking for a story.There is tension, intrigue, and a nice art/history lesson regarding Columbus and these missing diaries that could reflect a different take on his conquering the new world. It was evenly paced, each characters had distinctive personalities, and storyline had me turning the pages late into night. My disappointment is in the ending. After all this buildup, I felt it was resolved too quickly, in a page or two we were told the why and what happened. The murderer and the why was cliched and disappointing. The inquisitiveness I had that kept me reading wasn't satisfied with such a mediocre ending.I will read another, as I do like Annabel and her husband Mac. I'm hopeful that Ms. Truman will have provided a more original ending to an overall good read.

  • Ellen Moore
    2019-07-10 14:25

    I found this book very interesting. Annabel Smith, not her husband Mac, is the primary character in this mystery set in the Library of Congress. She is commissioned to write an article on Christopher Columbus for the Library of Congress's magazine, Civilization. She takes a leave from her art gallery to spend time at the LC researching the subject and meets a number of unique characters. A murder of one of them occurs, which may be linked to the disappearance of another Hispanic scholar employed there which occurred 8 years earlier. Annabel becomes involved in the investigation of the murders and also learns of the harassing phone calls being received by an attractive young intern. A key figure in this story is an ambitious, pushy television newswoman sent to cover happenings at the LC and is there when the second murder occurs. I like Truman's writing style which reflects her insider knowledge of Washington institutions and history. I found this book particulary interesting because I visited the L of C for the first time last summer.

  • Marty
    2019-07-20 14:47

    A good old fashioned Who-Done-It. For centuries there have been rumors that there was a diary written by a sailor named Las Casas who helped Christopher Columbus write his reports to Ferdinand and Isabella. La Casas sailed on Columbus’ three trips to America. The tales indicate there may also be a map to where Columbus buried some gold. The Library of Congress (LC) is a treasure trove of original source documents relating to Hispanic and pre-Colombian time period. Annabelle Reed-Smith has arranged to spend two months at the LC tracking down whether the diary and/or map really exist. When another researcher at the LC is murdered, Annabelle wonders if the murder has links to her research.

  • Marcella
    2019-07-07 13:49

    I have always wanted to read one of Margaret Truman's mysteries so sorry I waited so long to do so. If this book is a sampling of her style, I will definitely be reading more of her books. Washington DC is one of my favorite cities and she does an excellent job of detailing Washington locations as well as life style. To me, this was a cannot put down book. Her characters are very interesting and realistic. Although I did figure out who the murderer was before the ending, I still enjoyed the twist of characters and reasons why at the end. I definitely recommend this book to all mystery lovers.

  • Phyllis Gauker
    2019-06-21 08:52

    I enjoy Margaret Truman's murder mysteries set in Washington DC and environs maybe because I grew up in Arlington, maybe because she was the president's daughter, and maybe just because they are well put together with several underlying questions besides the "who done it?" There are no loose ends in her work. Everything has a purpose and is explained either on the spot or eventually in the novel. This one stars one of her main couples, Annabelle and Mac, both former lawyers, and she the owner of an art gallery. The characters are believable and true to form. Don't know how I missed this one, but am glad I finally got to read it. Hope you enjoy it, too.

  • Christine Howard
    2019-07-14 09:30

    I had always wanted to read one of Margaret Truman's mystery's to see if I would enjoy them. This one I'm sure was my pick because of the title. I was surprised to find that although she wrote it over sixteen years ago she was using multiple POV's something we see more and more in current books. It wasn't hard to grasp who was the main narrator of the story and the suspense played out in a timely fashion to keep you wondering. Maybe the final result was a little cliche, but it was a good story and gave some insight into the Library of Congress and the task they face.

  • Rebekah
    2019-07-20 09:34

    What I learned: Mystery authors can have intriguing ideas, but usually are horrible writers, technically speaking. This book definitely had the problem of author's voice getting in the way, and too much unnecessary detail in a futile attempt to make the characters alive. She's the daughter of former president truman, and she sounds a little entitled, but i guess maybe she is. Whatever. Knowing me, i'll probably wind up reading more of her books, cos i do like a mystery. I just like well-written ones the best.

  • Jane C.
    2019-07-10 13:51

    The Library of Congress is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in, and I think it would be thrilling to work there. I enjoyed reading about what that would be like, and appreciate the researchers' dedication, focus, and hard work. (It would be harder than I imagined!) The story of Las Casas and the relevance of history were rich aspects of this book. It was a well crafted mystery that you appreciate even more after you've finished the book and can absorb what happened. You find yourself thinking, "does that really make sense?" and concluding "of course."