Murder Mezzo Forte

July 5th, 2016. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

Murder Mezzo Forte

By Donn Taylor

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 .


What an unlikely partnership. A professor with musical hallucinations and a former Wiccan would appear to have very little in common.

Well, there is that murder that they worked together to solve, and they are both employed by the same college. But other than that . . .

Preston and Mara just seem to fall into these things. But this one is a bit bizarre. Hopefully, they can straighten things out, keep their jobs and not end up dead.

This is the first book I’ve read by Mr. Taylor. I now have to go back and read Rhapsody in Red – the first book in the Preston Barclay Mystery series.

I don’t know how many murders a small campus can handle, but I don’t want them to stop. I like this unlikely partnership.

***A special thank you to litfuse for providing a review copy.***


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. Check out Mr. Taylor’s website here.

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