“A vigorous tale of twists and turns . . . An authentic thriller.”—The Washington Post Book World
Murder didn't stop Mac Smith or Annabel Reed from falling in love, or from getting married at the glorious church on the hill in Washington, D.C., the National Cathedral. But the brutal murder of a friend drags them from their newlywed bliss into an unholy web of intrigue and danger.
The body is found in the cathedral. There are scant clues and no suspects. And to further complicate matters, a parallel crime is committed at a church in England's Cotswolds, where the honeymooners have recently been visitors. Across the sea go the Smiths again, 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.
Praise for Murder at the National Cathedral
“One of her most enjoyable books.”—Associated Press
“Margaret Truman has become a first-rate mystery writer.”—Los Angeles Times Book 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.