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"A thriller...a novel...a fun thing, an entertainment and good reading." LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW Who would want to kill Clarence Sutherland, a bright and handsome young man? The answer: practically everybody.


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"A thriller...a novel...a fun thing, an entertainment and good reading." LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW Who would want to kill Clarence Sutherland, a bright and handsome young man? The answer: practically everybody.

30 review for Murder In The Supreme Court

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Very good story. Margaret Truman was the daughter of 33rd President Harry Truman. She passed away in 2008 at the age of 83. This book was published 1982, what was being discussed in the supreme court was woman right to choose. Isn't that remarkable, we are still discussing the same issue. Dark money in the politics made everything worse. Love this series, all the suspects written so well, I again guessed it wrong. Take time to read this series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Keli Wright

    I had a lot of fun reading this book and until I read it .. I am embarrassed to say.. I did not realize I have not been to The Supreme Court. It is now on my to do list. fun read, glad I read it, great mystery I look forward to reading the next book :)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Gonzalez

    This mystery story takes place in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court. As with all of Margaret Truman’s stories, this is set in Washington, DC. One evening, the clerk of the Chief Justice is found murdered sitting in the chair of the Chief Justice. A Metro Police Department detective starts working with a Justice Department representative to find out what happened. As they dig deeper, they find the clerk was not a very well-liked man. In fact, he had a way of making people very angry. As the This mystery story takes place in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court. As with all of Margaret Truman’s stories, this is set in Washington, DC. One evening, the clerk of the Chief Justice is found murdered sitting in the chair of the Chief Justice. A Metro Police Department detective starts working with a Justice Department representative to find out what happened. As they dig deeper, they find the clerk was not a very well-liked man. In fact, he had a way of making people very angry. As the detective works through the information, this book takes the reader back and forth across the country and involves war heroes, psychiatrists, and the CIA. It was really interesting to read about the Supreme Court and to learn a little about what happens there. The book had lots of twists and turns with intriguing characters.

  4. 4 out of 5

    LeAnne

    Such a good story...one of her best. I almost read it in one day, except for needing to sleep. I liked the two main characters - they had chemistry. There was a long list of possible suspects, pretty much the whole Supreme Court, plus some court clerks. One by one they were eliminated until toward the end, we were directed toward two or three. The story came to a logical conclusion regarding the murderer and the motive. Margaret Truman's unique perspective of Washington makes an interesting, beh Such a good story...one of her best. I almost read it in one day, except for needing to sleep. I liked the two main characters - they had chemistry. There was a long list of possible suspects, pretty much the whole Supreme Court, plus some court clerks. One by one they were eliminated until toward the end, we were directed toward two or three. The story came to a logical conclusion regarding the murderer and the motive. Margaret Truman's unique perspective of Washington makes an interesting, behind the scenes read. I learned some of the ways the Court works and some of the ways it is not supposed to work, but .... well, you know.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    This is the third book in the Capital Crimes series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and this one is just as good. Each story takes place at a familiar landmark in Washington DC. It is not solved by the same person like a detective. In fact, it usually involves a gathering of agencies working together to solve a murder. All of the crimes so far have been kind of scandalous in the world of politics and it makes for highly entertaining reading. A clerk who work for one of the This is the third book in the Capital Crimes series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in the series and this one is just as good. Each story takes place at a familiar landmark in Washington DC. It is not solved by the same person like a detective. In fact, it usually involves a gathering of agencies working together to solve a murder. All of the crimes so far have been kind of scandalous in the world of politics and it makes for highly entertaining reading. A clerk who work for one of the Sumpreme Court Justices is found shot dead in the courtroom of the Sumpreme Court. He was not a pleasant person who as the investigation gets to digging that had many enemies. He used women and treated them like dirt. He decided that instead of working his way towards a career worth having that he would blackmail his way to where he wanted to go. With so many people who had reason to want him dead, finding his killer is not going to be easy. Everyone has secrets that they want to remain hidden and some of these people have clout. The Metro Police detective and a lawyer from the Justice Department have to be careful with how they treat the suspects. Power rules in the nation's capital and if you want to survive there you are careful of how you treat others. Still there is a killer on the loose and that cannot be allowed. It is up to those who are investigating to get to the bottom of all the secret to find out who the killer is and why they felt is necessary to kill. This book was so easy to read. Gossip has a bit of truth to it and when the secrets start raising to the surface, it is hard to narrow down the suspects. With suspects like Supreme Court Justices, family members and wrongly treated women, finding a killer is definitely going to take a sharp mind. I think in some ways this has been my favorite book of the series so far. I will definitely be reading another soon. I know this series started years ago but it is timeless in the setting and atmosphere of each story.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Not for me. Gave the book three stars because it may very well be a good fit for someone else. The plot was compelling and overall the writing is solid. My issues is that I hated most of the characters - horrible, selfish lying people making a mockery of the Supreme Court. Playing politics everywhere and suggesting that the highest court in the land can be bought through blackmail and deceit. By the end I was glad the victim was murdered but would not have been particularly sad if everyone else h Not for me. Gave the book three stars because it may very well be a good fit for someone else. The plot was compelling and overall the writing is solid. My issues is that I hated most of the characters - horrible, selfish lying people making a mockery of the Supreme Court. Playing politics everywhere and suggesting that the highest court in the land can be bought through blackmail and deceit. By the end I was glad the victim was murdered but would not have been particularly sad if everyone else had been killed off. No ethics - no values. Yuck!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    Yay! All’s well that ends well. I didn’t figure out “whodunnit”, but its revelation made sense to me. I don’t think there were any loose ends, and all the non-villainous characters were likable and relatable. I’m glad all the selfish ones got their just desserts. The pace of the story and the realistic dialogue made it easy to read. I look forward to other Ms. Truman novels.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sherrill Watson

    See Swanbender and Tulay's reviews. Not a murder of a Supreme Court Judge, but of one of his clerks(?) Interesting how the Justice system and pre-911 Washington works, and does not work. Many twists and turns, as should all mystery stories, but the ending seemed contrived; anyone could have done it, I thought, and I didn't really care who. Ms. Truman is / was knowledgeable.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joyce Loth

    the title appealed to me. Love mysteries but this one was disapointing. story was scattered and no tension in this story. it was disgusting that the top in governement had bad secrets and still got to their top position. A story like this does not help increase trust in government. At least the bad guy deserved his death.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Well, of course, full of corrupt and nasty characters, not exactly what I like to read about, and probably wouldn’t have, except that it was free on Bookbub. Almost a hard-boiled detective story, but at least not graphic. It held together really well, she’s a good writer! A mystery until the very end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    I enjoyed this book, but it felt a little more...scattered around than the first two, and one element of the story, though not important to the actual mystery, was never completed. Just a little disappointed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maryann Winfield

    I really enjoyed this book. I had no idea until the end who did it. Well-written without profanity, vulgar sex scenes, and unnecessary violence. This is the second one of her books that I’ve read. I plan to read them all.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Willis

    Enjoyable reading Margaret Truman wrote interesting stories. Her insight into Washington D.C. makes her tales very readable and enjoyable. I recommend her books.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claudine Suor

    Good read, I did not figure out who committed the murder until about page 200....Getting ready to go to Washington DC, so thought it was a good time to read some of this series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Atticus

    a fun mystery to untangle

  16. 4 out of 5

    Atticus

    entertaining and suspenseful

  17. 5 out of 5

    John

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A brilliant gigolo uses information his well-connected psychiatrist dad had in Giles to blackmail members of the Supreme Court.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Hymes

    This was an interesting book about the Supreme Court and its inner workings. Loved the storyline and how it all tied together.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Teri Heyer

    This is a great series. Murder in the Supreme Court was an interesting & fast read. This book can be read as a standalone, although it's always nice to read a series in order. This is a great series. Murder in the Supreme Court was an interesting & fast read. This book can be read as a standalone, although it's always nice to read a series in order.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Feliciano

    Excellent mystery in a distinct setting!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Supremes, opera, smooth writing... a good mix.

  22. 5 out of 5

    D Nichols

    Good story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Truman's books are always fun to read. This one had almost too many plot twists & potential murderers, though. Truman's books are always fun to read. This one had almost too many plot twists & potential murderers, though.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    Confession time (since I'm reviewing a mystery book): I chose to read this again due to the death of our own Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia. I feel so much mystery shrouds his death at a remote ranch in Texas, that I'm surprised the conspiracy theorists are not out in force! I know I said to myself that this event would make a great mystery novel. So, I dug this Margaret Truman book off the shelf in the library to see how a fictional account corresponds to a real event. In this story, the Confession time (since I'm reviewing a mystery book): I chose to read this again due to the death of our own Supreme Court justice, Antonin Scalia. I feel so much mystery shrouds his death at a remote ranch in Texas, that I'm surprised the conspiracy theorists are not out in force! I know I said to myself that this event would make a great mystery novel. So, I dug this Margaret Truman book off the shelf in the library to see how a fictional account corresponds to a real event. In this story, the victim is actually the senior Supreme Court clerk, and not a justice. However, several of the justices are suspected, due to their own skeletons. I have long contended that a person who aspires to be a writer should do two things: write the kinds of books they like to read, and write about what they know. For those two reasons, I rate Margaret Truman one of the best in the genre. Being the daughter of a U.S. president gives her insight in the inner workings of Washington and its politics. Given the time period that she was exposed to Washington, and the strong implications then of deception and cover-up, it stands to reason that in 2016 those elements are even more evident. If you enjoy mystery, don't neglect this series!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Gary Smith

    A well- written story, but I wish Truman could have kept her thinly hidden liberal politics out of the story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    This book was not bad. My two stars come from my personal dislike of the era of the setting. Fiction set in the eighties holds little that I want to read. The issues intertwined in this murder/who-done-it held no interest for me either. The abortion debate, influence peddling, crooked politicians, women's rights were all there, and they are also in the present. But in reading about them from an eighties point of view, they seem old and tired. Another old and tired theme was the love interest bet This book was not bad. My two stars come from my personal dislike of the era of the setting. Fiction set in the eighties holds little that I want to read. The issues intertwined in this murder/who-done-it held no interest for me either. The abortion debate, influence peddling, crooked politicians, women's rights were all there, and they are also in the present. But in reading about them from an eighties point of view, they seem old and tired. Another old and tired theme was the love interest between the two detectives. For some reason, there was no real spark. I see the effort and it tries to happen. But it bores rather than ignites. Pleasant and so-so. I also got tired of having to plow through the description of the characters' clothes. After awhile, I began to laugh because I knew a fashion flash was about to begin. There was nothing alarmingly bad about this novel. But there was also nothing memorable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Phillis

    The story line was good. I did figure out who done-it by the last 25 pages. Either I am getting better at guessing Truman's twists and turns in her plots or this one wasn't as good as the first two. Still it was a good story, it kept my interest through out the book. On to reading book #4 "Murder in the Smithsonian". If this one turns out to be a so-so plot then I may have to take a break.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I enjoyed the characters, the complexity of the case, with its multiple layers of suspects, and the pace of the story. My biggest issue is that it seemed to end abruptly. The ending made sense, but I felt like it ended before there were completely satisfying conclusions to two characters' stories: Rawls and Brazier.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Moore

    This was another interesting book from Margaret Truman. I like her writing style and her intricate plots. There were enough suspects to maintain my interest, and the murder was not solved until the end of the book. The police detective and the Justice Dept. representative made a good team of investigators. I liked learning more about the Supreme Court and this period of U.S. history.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Rae

    The victim is the Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court and he is shot while sitting in the Chief Justice's chair. I loved the "inside" setting of this mystery written by the daughter of Harry and Bess Truman.

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