Synopses & Reviews
Margaret Truman, who knows where all the bodies are buried inside the Beltway, has written her most thrilling novel of suspense yet. Murder at the Opera features the popular crime-fighting couple Mac Smith and his wife, Annabel Reed-Smith, as they navigate the glitz, glamour, and grime that is Washington, D.C.
It aint over till the fat lady sings . . . but the show hasnt even started yet when a diva is found dead. The soprano in question, a petite young Asian Canadian named Charise Lee, was scarcely a star at the Washington National Opera. But when the aspiring singer is stabbed in the heart backstage during rehearsals, she suddenly takes center stage.
Georgetown law professor Mac Smith thought hed just be carrying a rapier in Tosca as a favor for his beloved Annabel, but now theyre both being pressured by the panicked theater board to unmask a killer. Providing accompaniment will be former homicide detective, current P.I., and eternal opera fan Raymond Pawkins.
Soon the Smiths find themselves dangerously improvising among an expanding cast of suspects with all sorts of scores to settle. What they uncover is an increasingly complex case reaching far beyond Washington to a dark world of informers and terror alerts in Iraq, and climaxing on a fateful night at the opera attended by none other than the President himself.
"Bestseller Truman's 22nd D.C. mystery (after 2005's Murder at the Washington Tribune), one of her strongest, opens with what looks like a simple crime of passion: a promising young Canadian opera singer found dead at the Kennedy Center's Washington National Opera. Criminal lawyer turned law professor Mackensie Smith and retired cop Ray Pawkins both happen to be at the theater when the body is discovered, both there as extras in an upcoming production of Puccini's Tosca Mac pressed into service by his wife, Annabel, and Ray involved because of his love of opera. While the two put their talents to solving the case which turns out to involve corrupt talent agents and international terrorism Truman widens her scope to reveal a charming supporting cast including fictitious U.S. president Arthur Montgomery. Opera buffs will enjoy the Tosca anecdotes and occasional glimpses of intelligence gathering in the Middle East lend a timely feel." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
When the Washington National Opera becomes the scene of the brutal murder of a young soprano, Mac Smith and his wife, gallery owner Annabel Reed Smith, launch their own investigation that leads them into a race against time to stop an assassination plot targeting the president of the United States on opening night at the Kennedy Center. 50,000 first printing.
When a young soprano is found murdered, life imitates opera, and suddenly all the performers seem to have something to hide The murder investigation is in a race against time mere weeks before opening night, a black-tie gala at which everyone--including the President himself--will be in the seats.
About the Author
Margaret Truman has won faithful readers with her works of biography and fiction, particularly her ongoing series of Capital Crimes mysteries. Her novels let us into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nations capital. She is the author of many nonfiction books, most recently The Presidents House, in which she shares some of the secrets and history of the White House where she once resided. She lives in Manhattan.