Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn Taylor

About the book:

Murder Mezzo Forte (Lamplighter Mysteries, June 2016)

He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .

She a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they're probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs.

Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.

Can this ill-matched pair's stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college's incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse.

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My Review:

Professors’ Preston Barclay and Mara Thorn are back to being a crime solving duo, through no choice of their own.  Just a few months after the events in Rhapsody in Red, they both find another fellow professor dead.  No one knows for sure if this death is murder, suicide, or natural.  All anyone can agree on is that it is suspicious. 

Rounding out this story is the various guilty like other professors, questionable trustees of the university, and even the police themselves cannot be truly trusted.  Preston and Mara both have some ups and downs in this story as their careers are in jeopardy, their lives are in danger, and neither will bring up that kiss

Once again I was transported to this university and their ridiculous mindset and rules, I enjoyed and chuckled at Preston’s dry wit, and was amused with his and Mara’s back and forth banter.  I look forward to more in the Preston Barclay Mystery series; I just hope my two favorite professors get some time to relax.

I was provided a copy for review through Litfuse Publicity and the opinions are my own honest ones. 

About the author:  

Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in Renaissance literature and taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. His publications include three suspense novels, one historical novel, and a book of poetry. He lives near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.

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