Murder in Disguise (A Preston Barclay Mystery #3) by Donn Taylor
I haven’t read the other 2 books in this series so I wasn’t really prepared for the fact that the main character Press loves music and constantly has orchestra music playing in his mind and relating music to situations. I found it very odd and unrelatable even though I love music. I’m not sure if the other 2 books are like that. I also found Press and Mara’s relationship very odd and strained as well. I couldn’t help but think they need professional counseling to continue as a couple.
Overall the story line was good since it had some mystery and drama which I liked. There were also some unexpected twists and turns. I probably wouldn’t read this book or series again though-it just wasn’t my style.
I received a copy of this book complimentary for blog and social media review. All opinions are my own.
About the Book
Official verdict: Suicide.
But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.
While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name.
But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…?
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About the Author
With a PhD in English literature (Renaissance), Donn Taylor taught literature for 18 years at two liberal arts colleges. Now retired, he has published suspense novels, mysteries, and poetry. His historical novel Lightning on a Quiet Night was a finalist for the 2015 Selah Awards. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences. In a prior incarnation, he led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. He now lives in the woods near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.