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Between them, Senator Cale Caldwell and his blue-blooded wife controlled as much power on Capitol Hill as the law would allow. Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient to protect him from a killer, even surrounded by his friends at a champagne reception in his honor. The senator’s murder wasn’t the family’s first brush with violence. Only two years ago, a niece had been murdered, her Between them, Senator Cale Caldwell and his blue-blooded wife controlled as much power on Capitol Hill as the law would allow. Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient to protect him from a killer, even surrounded by his friends at a champagne reception in his honor. The senator’s murder wasn’t the family’s first brush with violence. Only two years ago, a niece had been murdered, her killer never found. But when attorney Lydia James, counsel to a senate committee investigating the tragedy, suggests there might be a connection between the two deaths, she’s voted down fast. Yet strange rumors persist. The senator’s death could benefit many people, among them a bitter political adversary, an ambitious talk show host, and a master of spin who makes even murder look good. . . .


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Between them, Senator Cale Caldwell and his blue-blooded wife controlled as much power on Capitol Hill as the law would allow. Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient to protect him from a killer, even surrounded by his friends at a champagne reception in his honor. The senator’s murder wasn’t the family’s first brush with violence. Only two years ago, a niece had been murdered, her Between them, Senator Cale Caldwell and his blue-blooded wife controlled as much power on Capitol Hill as the law would allow. Sadly, it wasn’t sufficient to protect him from a killer, even surrounded by his friends at a champagne reception in his honor. The senator’s murder wasn’t the family’s first brush with violence. Only two years ago, a niece had been murdered, her killer never found. But when attorney Lydia James, counsel to a senate committee investigating the tragedy, suggests there might be a connection between the two deaths, she’s voted down fast. Yet strange rumors persist. The senator’s death could benefit many people, among them a bitter political adversary, an ambitious talk show host, and a master of spin who makes even murder look good. . . .

30 review for Murder on Capitol Hill

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I have read a few other of Margaret Truman's mysteries but this second entry in the series had somehow escaped me until now. Well done and now I can cross Washington D.C. off my Read-the-USA mystery challenge :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    iamnotabookworm

    I found this book at a second hand bookstore in a mall here in Cebu. I have read books of Margaret Truman before and they were similar to this one. They were all about politicians in DC. I think these kind of stories are Margaret Truman's specialty. By the way, Margaret Truman is the daughter of former US President Harry S. Truman. Just so you know. :) What is in this story? A dead senator. A lot of suspects. A shady religious cult who is accused of brainwashing its members to keep them. A female I found this book at a second hand bookstore in a mall here in Cebu. I have read books of Margaret Truman before and they were similar to this one. They were all about politicians in DC. I think these kind of stories are Margaret Truman's specialty. By the way, Margaret Truman is the daughter of former US President Harry S. Truman. Just so you know. :) What is in this story? A dead senator. A lot of suspects. A shady religious cult who is accused of brainwashing its members to keep them. A female defense lawyer as a protagonist. A very nosy radio announcer. An unsolved murder that might or may not be related to the case but the victim was related to the senator. Add in a few more people with their own motives and agendas. All these make for a very chaotic and big mess. The only way to solve the case is to check each possible angle without dismissing any single thing, no matter how tiny that might have any relevance or shed light to the case. Margaret Truman's insider knowledge of DC is shining through here. No one does it like her. The classic question of who has done it lives in every page. It seemed like everyone could be a suspect but the real culprit is never ever obvious. You have to read the whole book to find out and be astonished in the revelation. This is definitely one of those mind-boggling crime mysteries I have read. The suspect I had in mind was not the real killer. If there were clues as to who has done it, they were so subtle that even I, a self-proclaimed mystery, thriller and suspense junkie had missed them. Which means, the author is at the top of her game. I am happy to be told that my hunch was wrong. I love that the story is so unpredictable. The best thing about mysteries is to never know what's coming. To surprise and to bewilder both the suspicious and the unsuspecting reader. I give the book 4/5 video tapes. This is a classic case of leave no stone un-turned. The puzzle has to be solved by connecting the pieces one at a time. Unraveling the secrets bit by bit. This is one good old-fashioned mystery in its finest. This story reminds me why I was so drawn into this genre. I think most of the books I have read is composed of 50% of this genre. When YA was not yet the thing, this was my default setting for stories to read. It was like second nature to me to hunt for these kind of stories. I live for these kind of stories. I admire people who demand the truth, even if they are annoying. - Margaret Truman, Murder on Capitol Hill -

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    The review on the back cover said," A good old fashioned mystery." I can't add anything to that. A+

  4. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Interesting read! Fun mystery. Since we are from the area....it is nice to know all the landmarks!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    "Jason DeFlaunce"? SERIOUSLY??? (view spoiler)[ Later: Oh. GUESS WHO DID IT. Jason DeFlaunce. (You can tell he's gay by his name, natch.) I was hoping it wouldn't be so damn obvious that I'd be able to guess the culprit by page 3, but no such luck. (hide spoiler)] Why did I do this to myself. Seriously, that's about 2 hours of my life I'll never get back. I could have spent that time staring at the back of the bus seats, it would have been better for me. This book, which was worse even than Murder "Jason DeFlaunce"? SERIOUSLY??? (view spoiler)[ Later: Oh. GUESS WHO DID IT. Jason DeFlaunce. (You can tell he's gay by his name, natch.) I was hoping it wouldn't be so damn obvious that I'd be able to guess the culprit by page 3, but no such luck. (hide spoiler)] Why did I do this to myself. Seriously, that's about 2 hours of my life I'll never get back. I could have spent that time staring at the back of the bus seats, it would have been better for me. This book, which was worse even than Murder at Union Station, is probably the biggest steamiest pile of crap I've ever read, and I've read Elsie Dinsmore. The characters are absurd, the plot completely unbelievable, the dialog stilted, the love scene -- gosh, the love scene is the worst I've ever read.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    I read another of her books, Murder at the Opera and enjoyed it. I realize that this was written in 1981 by someone born in the 1920s, but I found the sexism in this book REALLY off-putting. Murder at the Opera was written in 2006, and it was her 22nd book. I'd recommend sticking to her later books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dany

    Another decent political mystery from Margaret Truman, who certainly used her White House knowledge to portray a gritty Washington reality. It reads like a thriller, with plenty of twists and turns. While the murderer was pretty obvious from the get go, the motive kept me guessing right until the end.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Very good book. Will be reading all the books written by Margaret Truman. Even forty years ago our elected officials didn't work for the people, murders, brain washing and family dynamics.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    I loved all of the different angles that kept appearing in this novel. The mystery would seem clear cut, then it would run off in a different direction. Eventually it all xame back together. My only criticism would be that there were a few loose ends left, but that is true in life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Conni Harness

    OK, I'm hooked. Good series. Good author.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This was an okay mystery--I really became interested in the character of Lydia James--but it ended up having a convoluted, non-credible, almost ridiculous plot. In addition to the poor resolution of the plot, the things that really struck me were: (1) the senator from Utah is described as a hard-drinking, philandering man. This is not credible, as almost all the senators from Utah have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes known as the Mormons (which is what This was an okay mystery--I really became interested in the character of Lydia James--but it ended up having a convoluted, non-credible, almost ridiculous plot. In addition to the poor resolution of the plot, the things that really struck me were: (1) the senator from Utah is described as a hard-drinking, philandering man. This is not credible, as almost all the senators from Utah have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes known as the Mormons (which is what the author calls us). Latter-day Saints do not drink alcohol and do live the law of chastity. While some Latter-day Saints have violated these commandments, a candidate who was revealed as a drinker and philanderer is highly unlikely to be elected from Utah or to have a long political career as a representative from Utah. (2) That same senator from Utah was working to get a missile system based in Utah. Historically, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the federal government was trying to get the MX missile system based in Utah. It was initially well-received, at least in one county (Beaver County), but support fell off considerably after the First Presidency of the Church opposed it on environmental grounds and because of the Church's basic opposition to war and nuclear weapons. (See The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “First Presidency Statement on Basin of MX Missile,” Ensign, June 1981, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/s...) Daniel's book was published in 1981, so the author would not have known about the opposition to the MX missile in Utah, but it had been strongly opposed in Nevada and it seems non-credible that a Utah senator would have sought it for his state--although I could be wrong about that. That plot element was dropped without resolution so who knows how it would have turned out? Anyway, the book wasn't worth it in general; these things just made it irritating, as well.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    This is the second book in the Margaret Truman mystery series; however, I use the word "series" loosely. It appears that they are stand alone books, so I don't think you need to read them in order. This particular book starts with a senator being killed at a party to honor him. We also find out that his niece, who his family raised, was murdered two years previously, and the murder has gone unsolved. The senator's wife asks an attorney friend of hers, Lydia, to head the senate investigation This is the second book in the Margaret Truman mystery series; however, I use the word "series" loosely. It appears that they are stand alone books, so I don't think you need to read them in order. This particular book starts with a senator being killed at a party to honor him. We also find out that his niece, who his family raised, was murdered two years previously, and the murder has gone unsolved. The senator's wife asks an attorney friend of hers, Lydia, to head the senate investigation committee that is looking into the senator's murder. When Lydia mentions that maybe the two murders are connected, she is pushed aside and almost forced from the committee, even by the senator's wife. Lydia finds there are many secrets involving unseemly love affairs, cult memberships, and a squirrely radio host. Lydia has an investigative team to help her, but it's difficult to say if they are truly there to help or to spy on her progress. She also has her love interest to listen and support her. She is not going to give up, and she is not going to let others steer her away from the truth. I liked the characters and the story line.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    It was a page turner, learning about the amazing Caldwell family. The murder of the Senator at a celebration affected many, and the story unfolded in many interesting sub plots. Although some of the story seemed forced to me, it still was a fun diversion. I may read another Margaret Truman book soon

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Burke

    An excellent read I enjoy politics and have an interest in cults. Combine the two with a mystery and you have Murder on Capitol Hill. It's well put together,,and the mystery itself is quite well thought out. It's not quite the page-turner Murder in the White House is, but it's still a great read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline G. Dickinson

    Great story as only Margaret Truman can do. This book kept me mesmerized from beginning to end. The characters were believable, and seemed come alive. She will always be a favorite author of min.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    This book was definitely better than the first book in the series. A little more going on to hold your interest. The pace moved a little faster and it was, for me, more exciting than Murder in the White House.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Classy & Suspenseful This book reads like a Murder She Wrote episode. There is a classiness to the writing that I enjoy. I'm sorry it has taken me so many years to read this series of books. It was worth the wait.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Roselyn

    Not in my alley. I dnf-ed it halfway. Only one thing I discovered by reading this book was Margaret Truman was an American actress, daughter of a former US president , whose full name I have forgotten now ( great ).

  19. 5 out of 5

    gwen graves

    Great story This the second one I've read of Margaret Truman's stories and the keep getting better. I loved the story line and the characters were really well written. I plan on reading all her other ones, because she writes such good stories.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Orr

    This was a very good read, I could not put it down. Again Miss Truman hands done . A great job with her writing. m . Truman as a. Author is great. I have read other books that she has written. I have e joyed all the books of hers that I have read

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charlene A. Lester

    Political Nightmare Very good book and well done. It kept the readers interest. Storyline was that of a politician being murdered. Investigation takes the reader to a very interesting place. Well worth the read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    This was an enjoyable read, nothing spectacular, but it kept me reading. And it’s fun reading something by President Truman’s daughter.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Dharia Scarab

    Not for me. Too many POVs

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tim Shepperson Shepperson

    Good Read I am getting into this author and I intend to follow her writing. These books are very interesting and I enjoy them. I find the characters are very interesting.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Arthur M.P.

    True to its form. Gorgeously Original.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Green

    Enjoyed it. Recommend it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Agnes DiPietrantonio

    I can always count on her books to fill my need for a mystery. And for those of us from the DMV, it kind of feels like "going home."

  28. 4 out of 5

    laurel jones

    enjoyed the twists and turns. figured out the who and some of the why before the end. Light interesting read

  29. 5 out of 5

    Teri Heyer

    The second book in the Capital Crimes series. An interesting and fast paced read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    L. Gaye Drake

    Not bad, not great Light reading. Has a decent plot and she develops the plot line fairly well. Im not a fan of the food abd clothing details.

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