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Newlyweds Mac Smith & Annabel Reed find themselves caught up in two remarkably similar murders: one in Washington D.C.'s glorious National Cathedral & the other in a village church in England's Cotswold region. From the author of Murder at the Kennedy Center. Large print....

Title : Murder at the National Cathedral
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ISBN : 9780449459287
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 338 Pages
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Murder at the National Cathedral Reviews

  • Judy
    2019-06-20 09:48

    I chose this book for several reasons. One was that I grew up in Washington, D.C. and have spent untold hours in the National Cathedral since the early 1960s. Yep, I'm that old. Anyway, it has been fascinating watching the Cathedral's construction over the decades. Both of my children were baptized in the Cathedral--one in the chapel where the murder in this book occurred. Another reason is that I have never read a book by Margaret Truman and I have been curious about her books set in Washington. Lastly, this book satisfied the Washington, D.C. setting for the mystery challenge that I'm involved in. That said, I doubt that I will be reading any more Margaret Truman books. I enjoyed the location of the story--the Cathedral, Foggy Bottom, and George Washington University, but the plot was thin and the characters were not very well developed. Also, being familiar with the Cathedral, the errors contained in the book drove me crazy. Truman referred frequently to the pews in both the Nave and in the Chapels. There aren't any pews, there are chairs. Also, she wrote about windows that could be opened in one of the chapels--really Margaret?--and about details in some of the chapels that don't exist. Other than that, the information about D.C. and the Cathedral was interesting and brought back many memories. An easy read, but fluffy.

  • Tushar
    2019-06-12 02:40

    With me being a guy who turns to books only when he needs to refresh and recharge his mind, this was the perfect match. The manner in which the characters and the plot have been depicted in the book is so fluent and so fantastic that you will find it hard to get away from the book once you start reading it. The language in which the National Cathedral is described is both subtle and sultry at the same time.It seemed to me as if the whole crime scene is taking place in front of my eyes and from the beginning till the end the set of suspects remains large enough to add a lot of vigor to the story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes reading crime fiction.

  • Liesl
    2019-06-15 08:48

    This was the first of her books that I read. The story is set in Washington DC, as the main characters get married and then the priest who marries them gets murdered. Definitely some conspiracy theory in this book, which I always find interesting to ponder, if not to wonder about. Easy to read, not so complex that you are confused by the number of characters or what is going on with them. I enjoyed it a lot. This has lead to me to take out several more of her books. Hopefully I will enjoy them just as much.

  • Richa
    2019-06-18 08:42

    The author seems to have been 'inspired' by the Perry Mason series. The premise of the series is same -- a lawyer-cum-investigator, a female sidekick and staunch supporter, a male private detective-cum-friend working to solve a crime and successfully defend in court.Although, it is fine to be 'inspired' and at times it creates something really beautiful (Hercule Poirot-Sherlock Homes), but here, I wasn't impressed by the inspiration.I can appreciate that the author tried to make this racier (clear romance between Smith and Mrs Smith) and more interesting (arranging the murders in World Famous Monuments), but, well, it still comes across as a doppleganger than anything else... At times I had to check if it was a mystery book or a tourism literature, considering the amount of space and detail given to describing the architecture!It is an ok-ok read. If asked to pick up a Perry Mason or Mackensie Smith, I would pick Perry Mason anyday.

  • Karen
    2019-05-25 10:45

    This was fluff, no two ways about it. Overall, it was decent, though the end was a bit abrupt. Still, a fairly enjoyable light read just to relax.

  • Scott Drake
    2019-06-13 04:51

    You can read the synopsis in a variety of places, so I'll not cover that here.Not Truman's strongest book. While I was intrigued with the set-up, there is too much waffling around on the story direction. It's obvious from the start that the boy saw someone connected to the first murder, and yet she chose to ignore that character until much later in the game. Furthermore, for the ending she provides, again there is much ado about nothing as there were so many false starts it was impossible to NOT figure out at least the motive, if not the doers.You might want to read this after its 'prequel' which introduces the two main sleuths, who met in it and start be getting married in this one. Perhaps it's the curiosity of them and their relationship that is supposed to carry this tale to its conclusion. Drudging my way through until the end was like dragging a body across a chapel ...

  • Patsygermany
    2019-06-13 09:44

    The book started off with a priest being murdered in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Soon after another priest was murdered in the same exact way in England. Both priests were active in a program to help the poor and needy. You will change your mind several times about who was the murderer and the reason for the act. Mac and Annabel Smith from another book are involved in this one also.

  • LeAnne
    2019-06-16 03:10

    I didn't dislike it, but it's not one of her best. Kind of slow getting started but the suspense finally built with several characters to pick from for the murderer. A little international intrigue involving religious affiliations in England, but Baldacci it's not. The last part of the story was more about what makes people act the way they do, psychologically. There were some likeable and some very unlikeable characters. The book was okay, but she has written better later ones.

  • Carolyn (in SC) C234D
    2019-06-15 02:55

    This is the first of this author's books that I have read. Shortly after Mac and Annabel Smith were married, the priest who performed the ceremony was found murdered. A similar crime is committed in England. Are they related? Not a bad mystery.

  • Christopher Ramsay
    2019-06-15 07:40

    A slowly evolving story of murder in the National Cathedral. In my opinion, not one of her better stories. Though we do see further development of some of her main characters, Mackenzie Smith, Annabel Smith, and Tony Buffolino.

  • Dale
    2019-06-07 11:00

    Tedious at bestPublished in 1990 by Random House AudioRead by Rene AuberjonoisDuration: approximately 3 hours.I have read a number of Margaret Truman's murder mysteries and was pleased to find this one as an audiobook so that I could enjoy it on my drive to work. However, this one was a true departure from her other works that I have read and approached what I was afraid that all of her books would be like when I first started reading them: the pretentious writings of a Washington insider. The murder mystery in and of itself is very simplistic. Truman brings in a vague ecumenical movement called "Word of Peace" and has everyone in the Episcopal/Anglican Church hierarchy express their doubts and fears about the group without going into detail why they should be afraid of it. Truman seems to think that an ongoing, out-in-the-open sexual relationship by an unmarried Bishop is not a big deal - and she would be wrong in that assertion.Truman's descriptions of church activities and goings on have no natural feel - which is unfortunate because her other books were so much better and somehow managed to "feel" right.My audiobook version was read by Emmy award-winning actor Rene Auberjonois (from Benson and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). he did a remarkable job with the many accents required. His female voices even sound like they were read by females! A+ for the reading.

  • Laura Beasley
    2019-06-12 06:06

    I give this book 3.5 stars. Another good mystery by Margaret Truman. We visited the National Cathedral this summer for the first time so reading this book reminded me of our visit. Mac and Annabel are married by the priest Paul Singletary and shortly after that he is found murdered in the cathedral. Did someone connected with the church kill him or was it someone walking in off the street. Mac is drawn into this murder and when he and Annabel go to London on their honeymoon he decides to do some investigating there. This was where Paul Singletary had been right before he was killed and he came home from his trip a day early so maybe they can find some clues there that would help. While they are in London, Mac finds another body of a priest murdered and his wife is attacked. They return tot eh States and the investigation continues. Are the two murders connected? What does one of the choir boys know? Truman does a good job of drawing the reader in and keeping the story moving at a good pace.

  • Denise Hartman
    2019-06-08 05:48

    Mackenzie Smith marries his long time sweetheart Annabell in Washington D.C.'s National Cathedral, but the priest that conducts the ceremony ends up murdered a short time later. Mac steps out of teaching law to advise the Cathedral on legal matters around the murder, but he soon finds himself caught up in the investigation as much more than an adviser. Threats on he and Annabel on their honeymoon in London eventually lead to clues much closer to home.While I enjoyed this story, I was somewhat distracted by the lag in technology. It was published in 1990, so there are no mentions of cellphones (it would have been early days in that,) there are answering machines, etc. I felt that Mac and Annabell were a little passive in discovering the mystery, even though they do indeed get it sorted out. It made me worried that my own WIP (work in progress) is too passive which just leads to another re-write.

  • Ellen Moore
    2019-06-17 07:50

    I was pleased to discover that the two main characters in this book, Mac and Annabel Smith, are the same as in the last Margaret Truman mystery I read. This was another interesting book in the capital crimes series, this one set in the National Cathedral. A priest is murdered, his body found in the National Cathedral. Mac again is drawn into investigating this murder. He and Annabel honeymoon in London; and Mac discovers another body there, that of another priest and also found in a church. Again Mac uses as investigator former police officer Tony Buffolino. There are numerous characters in the book, several clergy affiliated in some way with the National Cathedral. A young boy disappears, and locating him becomes another issue for the investigators. I enjoyed this book.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-31 10:55

    What the heck?It's books like this that give me hope that I, too, can one day call myself a published writer. The writing is clunky, the characters not likable, the mystery not too intense at all. I like D.C., so if I'm in a D.C. mystery mood and don't really need to lend my brain too much, then sure, I might read Margaret Truman again. This book was at least a fast read. Maybe her first novel is better? It's actually set in the White House, so that might be more appealing.I'm actually more interested in just learning more about Margaret Truman--President Truman's daughter, one time a singer, then wrote all of these books set in Washington, married to a journalist from the New York Times. Her life just sounds exciting to me.

  • Sherry Carter
    2019-05-22 06:53

    The sleuthing duo, Mac Smith and Annabell Reed, are married in the National Cathedral. Soon after a violent murder shatters the tranquility of the church community and interrupts Mac and Annabel's newlywed bliss. Devoted to each other and to their work and trying to avoid other entanglements, they find themselves drawn into harsh and unholy realities. A similar crime in England and a collection of strange characters including a playboy priest, a jealous husband, and terrorist elements deepen the mystery. This was an enjoyable book with several twists and turns that kept me guessing. The characters are not developed very deeply but the plot is intriguing. It's a fun mystery.

  • Kay
    2019-06-18 06:04

    I read one of Truman's books 30 years ago and don't remember whether I liked it or not. Since I am going on a week trip I wanted to download some books from the library on my Kindle and came across several of her books available. Then I finished the wonderful O'Brien book early and needed something to read before we left. I went to my 'book closet' and found a couple of her books.At any rate, this was a light little mystery and probably better than I expected. Now I have a new author to fill in for those times I am between new books from my favorite authors.

  • Dorer002
    2019-06-02 11:10

    I like mysteries, so I enjoyed the basics, but many parts of the book seemed weird and outdated. For example, the author seems a little racist, she kept referring to one guy as "The Korean" and said a cab driver had a "name like an African King." It just was kind of weird. Also, it just seemed kind of boring for a murder mystery. On the other hand, I really didn't know who did it till the end. Oh yeah, the whole CIA/Navy/MI5 seemed totally wack.

  • Judith
    2019-06-13 06:45

    My favourite recurring lead characters, Mac and Annabel Smith, have tied the knot and are then called upon to look into the ugly murder of a friend (who happens to be a member of the clergy). They spend their honeymoon jumping continents trying to discover whodunit...I put this at the top of my favourites list for this series.

  • Marilyn
    2019-06-20 03:01

    I read this Margaret Truman book first and enjoyed it. I have been to the National Cathedral several times and she makes the place come alive. I have since read several more of her books and each is very different from the others and so believeable. She keeps you in suspense all the way to the end.

  • Marcella
    2019-06-20 09:57

    This is an exceptional Margaret Truman mystery continuing the lives of Annabelle Reed and Mac Smith. Life in DC can be complicated but these two professionals have managed to handle all DC has to offer while still solving their current mystery. This is definitely one of my favorite mystery series, lots of realistic activity and characters working together to solve the "who done it."

  • Karen
    2019-06-03 09:45

    I loved this book and since my library has all of hers, I am going to be reading more of these.As far as page turner I would have given this a 4, but because it was actually a decent cozy pure mystery with no political agenda I bumped it up to a 5.

  • Kathryn
    2019-06-19 07:01

    This was a light book and quick read. I've read Margaret Truman books in the past, but not this one. I read it for the info on the National Cathedral, but there wasn't much there. It was a fun summer read, however.

  • Phillis
    2019-06-14 05:02

    I liked the fact that the aurthor used the same character in this book as the last book. The building of suspence towards the end shows how her writing was evolving and getting much more to the building of suspence towrds the end of the storyline.

  • Abbey
    2019-06-13 05:48

    Now that I've been to the National Cathedral and was totally enthralled for 6 hours of wandering around, this book is a little more interesting. It's predictable, but I recognize the descriptions so that makes it more tolerable.

  • Pamela
    2019-05-29 10:48

    very good , this must be the intial one with Mac Smith and wife. good plot and variety of emotions for reader from concern to humor a good who done it. I really like the information given about the Washington landmarks.

  • Rebecca Staines
    2019-06-16 07:40

    Although I didn't technically finish reading this book, I could not get myself to be invested in the plot or the characters. The descriptions were too outdated and there wasn't much depth to the protagonist.

  • grundoon
    2019-06-14 11:09

    As always, love the tidbits only a familiar and an insider can provide, but am not yet sure I love the new series. There's potential, yet also potential of leaning too heavily on the main characters - this one did nothing to ally that worry.

  • Laura
    2019-05-22 08:57

    Newlywed plucky perfect protagonist couple gets tangled in another murder mystery despite halfhearted protestations of not wanting to get caught up in other people's drama. Entertaining bedtime reading but you bet my suspension of disbelief is on its last legs.

  • Catherine Woodman
    2019-05-27 09:09

    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