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Investigating the strangling death of the Secretary of State in the Lincoln Bedroom, White House counsel Ron Fairbanks hears that the Secretary was a womanizer with ties to a glamorous call girl, and finds evidence of unofficial connections with international wheeler-dealers. Fairbanks discovers only a few highly placed insiders had access to the Lincoln Bedroom that fatefInvestigating the strangling death of the Secretary of State in the Lincoln Bedroom, White House counsel Ron Fairbanks hears that the Secretary was a womanizer with ties to a glamorous call girl, and finds evidence of unofficial connections with international wheeler-dealers. Fairbanks discovers only a few highly placed insiders had access to the Lincoln Bedroom that fateful evening. And one of them was the president....

Title : Murder in the White House
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ISBN : 9780345443793
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 262 Pages
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Murder in the White House Reviews

  • Arlene Starr
    2019-06-13 06:54

    Murder in the White House, Margaret TrumanThis is a murder mystery written in third person by Margaret Truman, President Truman’s daughter, who is familiar with the White House, and writes with authenticity. It is not based on factual events however. The book is divided into two parts, the first includes an introduction and a day by day transcript of events as they occur from June 12 throughout June 19. The last part presents the evidence and speculation and reveals the guilty. Don’t cheat and skip to the end, it may spoil it for you. Truman does a good job of developing believable characters and realistic dialogue. Being a murder mystery it entails a lot of investigation, mystery, a little romance, and a tragic and sensitive secret.

  • Britney
    2019-06-05 09:38

    Not a bad start3.5 star. The President assigns his Special Counsel Advisor to solve the murder. He wants to keep as much as he can from the press. As the killing is being looked into you get some insight into politics and things that possibly go on in Washington. Wasn't a bad start to the series. It will be interesting to see how the next one takes place after the finish in this one.

  • Heidi
    2019-05-30 05:52

    Not a favorite of mine. It's a quick read; I'll give the book that. But that's just about the only positive thing I can say. The ending was really disappointing, and I thought the book contained a lot of unnecessary trash. Also, the author would randomly switch between 1st and 3rd person narrative right in the middle of things, and then suddenly switch back after a paragraph. I'm not sure if this was just really poor writing and editing, or if it was some weird attempt at creativity, but whatever it was, it sure didn't work for me.

  • Judith
    2019-06-17 11:05

    I read this many years ago. I didn't think it was great then and I don't think it's great now, but it's certainly readable and Truman is competent.The basic plot: the secretary of state is found murdered in the White House. An investigation by the President's Special Counsel, Ron Fairbanks, a bright young man, reveals some darkness in the Secretary of State's handling of his job. There are different reasons he might have been murdered, but there is a limiting factor: only a small number of persons had access to that floor of the White House at the time he was killed.Ron investigates so thoroughly that he is himself threatened. But why? By whom? He has his suspicions but proof is harder to find. I found Truman's use of ellipses a bit profligate. Every chapter has several paragraphs ending in three dots. As if she couldn't express certainty, but rather a kind of wandering mind. I think she should have just ended those sentences with a period and been done with it.I also felt that the story was short on nail-biting drama. Much of the story was telegraphed so there were few surprises, and times of uncertainty were short-lived. I think real life tends to be this way so I didn't mind it too much but others may. I wondered if an investigation of this type could have been handled in this way: by appointment of an investigator who was a lawyer, not a detective. Not sure how that works, although many of us have lived through years of special prosecutors who interviewed those involved, so maybe it does work that way.

  • Doug Warren
    2019-05-23 07:53

    After the first couple of pages I was coming up with one line reviews to cover this whole book;"You know those conversations you hear old people having and can't believe anyone in the world would find them interesting, this book was just a boring old person conversation." and "This book would have never been published if she were not a president's daughter." &t.But, it got better. The dialog was really good and kept the story going. The details and plot action, eh, not so much, but it was a good quick read. I really have no complaints. Well, except for the first two or three pages. Those were pretty awful. And the fact that the chapters were so long. Two were over 40 pages, and one was over 60. Ok, so I have two complaints. Three if you count how boring the stuff that wasn't dialog was.

  • Terry
    2019-05-29 09:56

    I knew Ms. Truman was a mystery writer, but I never had any interest in reading her works until I visited the Truman’s Little White House in Key West and learned Ms. Truman was inspired by Agatha Christie. Had the two been publishing at the same time, Ms. Christie would not have had to worry about the competition. I guess this was okay as far as a political thriller goes, but I figured out who did it early on, like before page 50. Usually I like figuring things out early and experiencing how the author gets to the conclusion. However, I found myself pretty bored with this. Possibly because the characters weren’t very interesting. I’ll read more of Ms. Truman simply because was able top pick up four of her novels for $1 ea. Am hoping the reading experience will deepen.

  • Keli Wright
    2019-06-11 04:02

    I loved this book. Maybe one of the reasons I loved it was because it was set in Washington DC and written by a first daughter...It was interesting to compare how things were doine in 1980 and how they are now..It is amazing that they even solved crimes back then with no DNA or ballistics or luminol or anything. ..I am going to read the rest of her was a good quick read. I reccommend it for anyone that likes mysteries and the DC area...they even mentioned going to a st. in Alexandria that I googled and it exists and I even know approximatly where it is!

  • Cathy
    2019-06-06 09:50

    This was my first Margaret Truman book. I enjoyed it and really like her writing style. I agree with some other reviewers that the story was a little lacking but it was a very quick read and I will definitely read more of this series as I understand it gets better.

  • Ellen Moore
    2019-06-15 06:45

    This was a very interesting book. Truman writes extremely well and makes good use of her knowledge of Washington politics as a first daughter who had lived in the White House in creating her novel. I liked the book.

  • Susan
    2019-06-02 09:55

    House of Cards set in the 1980sSolid story, well written; perfect for a mystery lover. I couldn't help but imagine a young Francis Underwood as this story's President Webster. Love a good Washington intrigue.

  • Sharon
    2019-05-25 03:43

    A good old-fashioned whodunit, by a woman who knows the ins and outs of Washington politics. Even though these were written years ago, they still have plenty of intrigue.

  • Deranged Dreamer
    2019-06-20 10:38

    This was terrible.It had so much potential.But in the end you don´t care about any of the characters.

  • Ij
    2019-06-13 04:38

    Big surprise, no Mac or Annabel.

  • Ryan
    2019-06-09 10:49

    this was a great murder mystery set in our nation's capital, and penned by Margaret Truman, daughter of former US president Harry S Truman. set around a fictional presidency of Robert Webster, his wife Catherine, in his daughter Lynne. the protagonist in investigator is a security guy, and advisor to the president, Ron Fairbanks. the mystery is that Lansard ' Lan' Blaine, the Secretary of State, is found strangled in the Lincoln bedroom. Ron is tasked with the investigation, with high recommendation from the president himself. Ron is a super sleuth, an investigator and former lawyer. the book is very well written and the characters and settings jump off the page given to how much detail was put in this book. it is very descriptive and easy to picture the characters settings include me in the novel.

  • LeAnne
    2019-06-14 05:41

    For a first book, it was good. Interesting characters. Built suspense with a slightly surprise ending (I had guessed some of it, but not all.) Having already read many of this series, I can see a slight difference from the later ones - there isn't as much in-depth, behind the scenes look at life in the book's location (in this book, the White House). After reading most of the other Capital Crimes books, I came away with an informative picture of life in the National Gallery of Art, the House, the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian, etc. This story mostly centered around the characters with not much atmosphere. It did become a page turner all the way to the end. The series gets better and better.

  • Marisa Collett
    2019-05-28 08:59

    I think this book is a good catapult to the rest of the series but lets be honest: this is murder and its in the White House. The real suspects are few in number so a lot of the story is told in flash backs that really have nothing to do with the case and are not interesting enough to hold your attention. And some of the so called "suspects" could not possibly be guilty so it seems like a waste of time. And as is probably the case in real life D.C, the guilty are not really brought fully to justice. The best part of the whole book is the climax right before the finale. I would however, read more books in this series because I think the plots would be more plausible.

  • Rachel Burke
    2019-06-02 10:03

    I absolutely adored this book. To be fair the first chapter (54 pages) were very, very slow. I was very, very concerned. However, once the book got started (Chapter 2) it was wonderful. Admittedly I'm a policy work who lives DC and politics, but I loved this book. The policy details, the history, and, yes, the mystery. The mystery itself was well thought out, as was the characters and the plotting. I honestly don't think anyone but a former White House residence and insider could have written this with the realism that Ms Truman did, and I doubt anyone else could have gotten away with the plot. A great book that you I couldn't put down (after I got 50 pages in.)

  • Rebecca Mulligan
    2019-06-07 06:43

    A wonderful first book!Margaret Truman's entry into the world of mystery writing is a stellar addition to the genre. As an insider, she knows the workings of the White House and the political maneuvering that takes place in an administration. It is very cleverly plotted and wrongdoer is a true surprise that literally left me breathless. I look forward to reading the other books in the series and highly recommend Murder in the White House.

  • Leslie
    2019-06-11 06:46

    White House Politics and MurderSuspenseful and well written. The intriguing plot has some holes put pulls you along fast enough that you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. The ending was abrupt and left a lot of unanswered questions. All in all an enjoyable, game say and quick read.

  • Dana Stone
    2019-05-21 02:59

    This book has a fast pace which I liked.It is the first Margaret Truman book I have ever read.It pulled you in and you kept reading.It had a twist at the end which I had not suspected at all.It was interesting was the most political book I have ever read also.

  • Lorraine
    2019-05-29 03:50

    Old fashioned mystery!Just plain fun written in 1980 - so good nostalgia for the pre-internet pre-cell phone age by someone who clearly knew the ins and outs of our Beloved hometown.

  • gwen graves
    2019-05-30 10:37

    Interesting The first few chapters were a little slow going, but then I really got into it. The characters were fairly interesting, but I prefer more insight into their lives. The end was really great and made up for the slow beginning.

  • Bonnie Ainsworth
    2019-06-09 10:52

    This is starting out to be a great series so far. Margaret Truman is a new author to me, and I think I'm going to find this series intriguing. I have no doubt I will enjoy some books more than others, but so far so good.

  • Hannah Johnson
    2019-05-27 02:51

    Didn't love the ending; the resolution was weak.

  • Steel Jo
    2019-05-28 10:40

    quick read.......enjoyed it.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-31 02:56

    The first in this author's series of murder mysteries. Liked it well enough to continue on in the series.

  • Michael
    2019-06-02 10:55

    3 1/2 stars. Good read

  • CynthiaSanders
    2019-05-27 04:47

    Love such an intriguing murder mystery written by an author who grew up with a historical connection to the White House. i am looking forward to following the rest of this series. A very good start!

  • Christopher Ramsay
    2019-06-07 04:00

    Nice easy read, but not the most interesting book I've read this year. The first half of the book was a bit slow moving, but it did have an interesting twist at the end.

  • Joy
    2019-05-31 08:05

    This is a bit dated but it was worth a read.