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Murder at the National Cathedral
Truman, Margaret, 1924-2008.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, [1990]

Physical Description:
503 pages (large print) ; 25 cm.
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"One of her most enjoyable books." ASSOCIATED PRESS The brutal murder of a friend drags Mac Smith and Annabel Reed from their newlywed bliss into an unholy web of intrigue and danger. When a second murder is commited in England, which the honeymooners had just visited, the Smiths go back across the seas, and straight into the center of an ungodly plot of secret agents, a playboy priest, a frustrated lover, a choleric cleric...and a murder so perfect it's a sin.

Author Notes

Mary Margaret Truman, daughter of President Harry S. Truman, was born on February 17, 1924 in Independence, Missouri. She graduated from George Washington University in 1946. She was also known as Margaret Truman or Margaret Daniel. She was an American singer who later became the successful author of a series of murder mysteries and a number of works on U.S. First Ladies and First Families, including a biography of her father, President Harry S. Truman. The only child of Harry Truman and First Lady Bess Truman; she was called "Margaret" for most of her life.

Truman made her concert debut with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 1947 and her first television appearance on Ed Sullivan's Toast of the Town. She substituted for Edward R. Murrow on Person to Person, and later had her own radio shows (Weekday in the 1950s and Authors in the News in the 1960s). She was active with organizations such as the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation and the Truman Centennial Committee.

She published her first book, Souvenir: Margaret Truman's Own Story in 1956. She also wrote a series of mysteries set at historic locations in Washington, D. C. She died on January 29, 2008 following a brief illness.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Truman's latest capital city mystery ( Murder at the Kennedy Center ), well served by the rich ecclesiastical accoutrements of its solemn setting, gets off to a fine start as law professor Mackensie Smith and his new wife, art gallery owner Annabel Reed, investigate the murder of high-profile Episcopalian priest Paul Singletary. Leader of Word of Peace, an international anti-apartheid group whose followers number an unsavory element as well as idealists, the dashing Singletary had acquired many enemies who could have bludgeoned him to death in a Cathedral chapel. Combining business with pleasure, Mac and Annabel continue sleuthing on their honeymoon in London and the Cotswolds, where another priest is killed and Annabel's life is threatened. Back in D.C., government agencies interrupt the investigation, a soloist from the Cathedral boys' choir exhibits great anxiety, two canons accuse each other of murder, the choir director quits and Truman's mystery unravels disappointingly in a melodramatic, arbitrary resolution. Gentlemanly Mac and lively Annabel deserve a more convincing vehicle. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

YA-- When Episcopal priest Paul Singletary is murdered in Washington's National Cathedral, there are so many logical suspects that it's difficult to choose among them. This latest volume in Truman's series of tales of murder and mayhem in the nation's capital again features law professor Mackensie Smith and his intelligent new wife, Annabel Reed. Their companionable relationship is a definite plus, as are the details of life in Washington. While the plot is not as exciting as in some of her earlier works, Truman's writing and characterization continue to please in this well-drawn mystery.-- Judy Williams, Fairfax County Pub . Lib . , VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.