Murder Mezzo Forte

Murder Mezzo Forte

by Donn Taylor

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Overview

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 . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938499098
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Preston Barclay , #2
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

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.

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Murder Mezzo Forte 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
"Murder Mezzo Forte" is about a man who is a professor of history who in the past solved a muder with a fellow worker who is a religious professor. But, when a woman is found dead and she happens to work where they do, they become suspects in the murder. They have no one to help them prove that this is wrong but each other. They have a big problem because they have no idea who to trust. Will they solve this or will they be found guilty of something they did not do? I give this book a 4/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group and all opinions are mine.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Professors’ Preston Barclay and Mara Thorn are back to being a crime solving duo, through no choice of their own. Just a few months after the events in Rhapsody in Red, they both find another fellow professor dead. No one knows for sure if this death is murder, suicide, or natural. All anyone can agree on is that it is suspicious. Rounding out this story is the various guilty like other professors, questionable trustees of the university, and even the police themselves cannot be truly trusted. Preston and Mara both have some ups and downs in this story as their careers are in jeopardy, their lives are in danger, and neither will bring up that kiss. Once again I was transported to this university and their ridiculous mindset and rules, I enjoyed and chuckled at Preston’s dry wit, and was amused with his and Mara’s back and forth banter. I look forward to more in the Preston Barclay Mystery series; I just hope my two favorite professors get some time to relax. I was provided a copy for review through Litfuse Publicity and the opinions are my own honest ones.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wanted to like a book, because you're so tired of reading in certain genres, that when a book for your favorite genre is offered you snatch it up. Only to be half-entertained? This is where I am. The story was an o.k. story, not great, not so bad it made me want to quit the book. Just o.k. Which is disappointing for an avid reader. I wanted thrilled, I wanted to keep guessing who dunnit. I wanted to like the characters. I just didn't relate to this story, the names were confusing, too many names too close to the same. So what was good about this book? The quirkiness was amusing, and entertaining. The setting was good. The writing is good. It just didn't come together for me. 3.5 stars from this reviewer. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
mymissdaisy More than 1 year ago
About the book (provided by Litfuse) . . . 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 I thought . . . Actually I am still thinking. Not done reading. This one has been a slow read for me. I received a complimentary copy from Litfuse in exchange for my honest review. And I was assigned a day to post which is today. To meet that criteria I'm giving you a sneak peak. My thanks to Litfuse for the complimentary copy of Murder Mezzo Fortea nd introducing me to this fine author.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
The first thing I’m going to do after I finish writing this review is track down a copy of Rhapsody in Red, the first Preston Barclay Mystery by Donn Taylor. Not because I felt I was missing anything by not having read it before I read Murder Mezzo Forte (it works very well as a standalone) but because I enjoyed Murder Mezzo Forte so much that I want to go back and catch up with the series! Donn Taylor has such a delightfully droll writing style, displayed most clearly in the narrative voice of his main character Preston Barclay. Full of literary allusions, puns (in all their groan-inducing glory), and witty dialogue, Preston keeps us apprised of the situation with dry humor and his own melodious soundtrack, and it reminded me of the type of subtle but hilarious humor you find in British literature. The mystery itself is layered and entertaining, and I also enjoyed the small liberal arts college setting. Having graduated from one, which is also now a “university” (even though nothing really changed except the name), I could easily identify with the politics and the ins and outs of campus life. There’s even a bit of romance to appease diehard KissingBook fans like me Colorful characters, ironic humor, and a cleverly written story are the strengths of Murder Mezzo Forte. If you love British humor and/or cozy mysteries like I do, then you will find much to enjoy about Preston Barclay and this latest novel by Donn Taylor. Faith is at the core of the characters’ lives but never overpowers the story, and the romance is sweet and well-paced. A very entertaining mystery, and a new-to-me author whose backlist I need to stalk ASAP! (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
VicG More than 1 year ago
Donn Taylor in his new book, “Murder Mezzo Forte” Book Two in the Preston Barclay Mystery series published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas gives us another adventure with Preston Barclay. From the Back Cover: 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 gives us another adventure with Preston Barclay and I have to say this time is even better than the last. For someone who likes his isolation Professor Barclay is involved with the murder of a colleague. What is even worse they think he might have done it. So he and Mara are looking for the real murderer. To keep their jobs with the school in addition to keep the police from arresting them they are going to find out who really did it but that person is going to do their best to stop them. This is how you say excitement! Go to the bathroom, take the phone off the hook, make a big bowl of popcorn and start early you are going to want to finish it that night. Mr. Taylor has given us a thriller that will have us reading and flipping pages as fast as we can. I am so looking forward to more from this highly talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"Murder Mezzo Forte" by author Donn Taylor is about 2 people who are trying to keep their job and stay away from being arrested for murder . Mara Thorn who is a religion professor and Preston Barclay is a history professor, who is not at all outgoing, are both now being looked at by the police as being guilty of murder of another worker. Someone has made the sneaky attack behind the scenes. But, how are they going to make sure that everyone knows they are really innocent. It even looks like they have put their safety on the line. If everyone is trying to show that they are guilty will they be able to show they are not. These are both great characters that you will grow to like. Will they be locked up? What will become of their jobs if they can keep them? I was given this book for a review by Litfuse Publicity. I give this book a 4/5. These are my opinions.
Kathy_Rouser More than 1 year ago
Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn Taylor is a refreshing kind of murder mystery. Taylor populates his story with colorful characters with even more colorful names. Sprinkle in witty dialogue along with some puns and you have a recipe for a delightful read. Preston Barclay is in trouble on every side and his musical hallucinations don’t help. Still mourning the death of his beloved wife, Faith, after a few years, Press is a lonely history professor, navigating the political arena of Christian academia, when a co-worker informs him their jobs are all on the line. When he discovers Mitra Fortier’s lifeless body while running into the lovely Professor Mara Thorn, the difficulties intensify. Rumors fly, along with accusations. Press and Mara, who have solved a murder together once before, are rather forced into the investigation to absolve themselves of being involved in an alleged love triangle with the victim, along with other unsavory charges. Soon, not only are their jobs threatened, but also their lives. Their unwitting investigation and partnership take them through unexpected twists and turns in plot and their lives. While I think it would have been helpful to read Taylor’s first novel in the series, Rhapsody in Red, to better understand Preston’s tenuous partnership with Mara, the author does sprinkle a fair amount of helpful back story throughout the novel. Taylor gives his main character depth—he is a thinking man’s detective, facing difficulties on more than one level. Loose ends are nicely tied with the conclusion—something not always done well in such stories. With mystery, suspense, humor, and a touch of romance, Murder Mezzo Forte is worth adding to this summer’s reading list. Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for my honest review.