Murder in Disguise

November 14th, 2017. Filed under: Tuesday's Tempting Reads.

Murder in Disguise

By Donn Taylor

Preston Barclay finds himself in the midst of mystery and danger once more.

When visiting professor Preston Barclay questions his long-time friend’s suicide, he receives threats. Press has enough problems already in proving his competence to students and faculty in the newly-hostile environment of the state university. For the new department chairman and campus radicals do all they can to undermine him. And the female siren assigned as his student assistant creates problems there and with Press’s courtship of his colleague Mara Thorn.

The more things don’t add up, the more dangerous the threats become, and the more determined Press becomes to clear his friend’s name and find the truth about the alleged suicide.

But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts to find the truth prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger. . . ?
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When is a suicide not a suicide? Or maybe it really is a suicide. Jordan Collier’s widow thinks he was murdered. His friend, Preston, isn’t sure what to think. He just knows he doesn’t want to get involved in an investigation.

He and his lady friend, Mara, get sucked into it anyway. It does get confusing as well as dangerous.

I enjoy Preston and Mara, but their relationship is very slow moving as they both are rather skittish. And the music plays on.

You can read the beginning of Mara and Preston in Rhapsody in Red. I didn’t meet them until Murder Mezzo Forte. Thank you, Mr Taylor, for these enjoyable books. I’m looking forward to the next Preston Barclay mystery.

***I received this book free of charge from Litfuse.***


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.
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