Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Book Review - Murder Mezzo Forte


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.


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.


This book continues the story of Preston and Mara and their investigative escapades. This is book two of this series but it definitely stands alone on it's own. After reading this, however, I'm sure, like me, you'll want to pick up the first book, Rhapsody in Red.

What  I love about this book is the dry humor that the author brings to the story. Murder is not a humorous subject by any means, but his humor truly adds to the story and gives us a break from anything too dark.

When Preston and Mara find the body of fellow professor, Mitra Fortier, after she has summoned them to her office, a story full of twist and turns starts. Since they had solved a murder before, those around them expect them to do the same again, whether they want to or not.

There is also a bit of romance between Preston and Mara that adds to the story. They are always trying to be very careful because of the jeopardy it may bring to their jobs. The musical hallucinations of Preston give us a huge glimpse into his personality and humor. The intrigue of the mystery keeps you reading to find out what happens and I always love a page turner. Plus, it kept me guessing until the end which is what a good mystery should do!

This was a fun book to read and if you enjoy a good mystery, you'll enjoy this book. I highly recommend it!

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

Blessings - Julie

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