Donn Taylor’s Rhapsody in Red was a very intriguing character driven murder mystery story. Preston Barclay is one of the most interesting characters I have been inside the head of in fiction recently. He is a widowed 50 years old father of one college age daughter and is just trying to get through life teaching history which is a passion of his. He also has an interesting syndrome in which he has musical hallucinations, having different music play in his head all the time. He works at a college that seems to have turned its back on the whole reason it was founded, especially when enrollment dropped.
Mara Thorn is a fellow professor and a Wiccan that was hired by this Christian university for the religious studies to attract more students. She comes to Press seeking help concerning another female professor. However, this other professor ends up dead on campus and Preston and Mara are two of the main suspects. As all fingers began to point at the two of them, they decide to do some investigating of their own. All kinds of secrets are uncovered and the other suspects have some really good motive for seeing their fellow professor dead and both are given multiple warnings to quit asking questions. I was kept guessing who the true murderer was until the very end.
This was a smart who –done- it with some really great questions asked and answered concerning faith that were seamlessly woven into the story. Along the way, not only did I experience reading pleasure, but I learned some things as well. I look forward to the next adventure with Professors’ Preston Barclay and Mara Thorn and see just where they may be headed.
I received a copy for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.