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MURDER AT THE WATERGATE: Capital Crimes Series, No. 15.
By Margaret Truman

Fawcett Crest, 1999 (pbk. 356 pp.) $6.99

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

Law professor Mac Smith and his art historian wife Annabel have given up their Georgetown row house for a Watergate condo to give them more time for their varied activities. Among other things, Mac has been asked by the president to serve on a special commission to study relations between the U.S. and Mexico and Annabel spends a lot of time traveling to make purchases for her gallery. The Smiths also want time to help their friend Joe Aprile, the current vice-president, campaign for the presidency in the next election.

The Watergate becomes the scene for the murder of a mysterious Mexican national who might have been involved in an assassination plot, and the supposed suicide of a young woman from a prominent Mexican family working for the Mexican-American Trade Alliance.

The forces behind these crimes threaten the relationship between the two countries. Aprile asks Mac to go to Mexico on a special mission, and he reluctantly accepts.

He and Annabel spend some time in San Miguel de Allende, where Washington socialite and philanthropist Elfie Dorrance maintains a palatial residence, and get more involved in local political matters than is healthy for them.

Truman is a master of political and historical detail, and keeps the reader's interest from beginning to end.

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