Donn Taylor's Murder Mezzo Forte (This one's for the guys!)


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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.


If you've been looking for a good yet clean murder/mystery series-I've got one for you to look into. Donn Taylor's Murder Mezzo Forte is the second book in his Preston Barclay Mystery series. Although you could honestly read this without reading the first one-I think picking up Rhapsody in Red would be beneficial.

"In that first week of February, we didn't know that Overton University was about to exceed its annual quota of murders."

After reading some other reviews, I can see many people didn't like the main character, due to his quirky ability to hear concertos in his head. I actually like this detail. It makes him a highly unique character-and a memorable one at that. If you don't know the music he's describing, I would suggest YouTube. It really brings the story to life!

Faith has a huge place in this book, being that one of the main characters has moved to Christianity from Wicca. It's not in-your-face evangelism, but works really well with the story line.

Murder Mezzo Forte has a pretty great pace with not many pages lagging in action, or feeling like fillers. I enjoy Taylor's writing style, and I'm interested in checking out his other books (which the covers suggest to have a military theme) like The Lazarus File or Deadly Additive.  I think all of Donn Taylor's works would be great gifts for the special guys in your life too!

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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.




*I received this book in exchange for my honest review*

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