I found a new author and I really like him!! Donn Taylor served in the Army during the Korean War, Vietnam a d did some recon work in Europe and Asia. Why is that important? Well, his main character seems a lot like this real life man.
Preseton Barclay is the main character in Murder in Disguise and it is the second in the series. I did not read the first novel, but had no problem jumping right in. In fact, I hope to get my hands on the first novel so I can read it, since I liked this one so much!
Preston has a history of finding himself in the middle of a murder, and at times is considered a suspect. This time, Preston returns as a visiting professor to a college where his long time friend, Jordan Collins, was the chairman of a department. Before arriving his friend committed suicide, or at least that is what they thought. Preston very quickly finds himself in the middle of lots of questionable activity while trying to figure out why his dear friend would take his life.
There were a number of twists and turns. Throughout the story the reader is not sure who is a friend and who is a foe.
I really liked characters, especially Preston. He is a man that constantly has music playing in his head. The songs change based on the people he is around and the situation he is in. His widow was a musician and he continues to hear her playing music. He is romantically involved with a woman named Mara who was in the first book, and helped him solve two previous murders. Mara is a headstrong woman very capable of taking care of herself.
I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I know I will be following along with Donn Taylor – his style of writing is easy going and deep at the same time. I am also happy to report that this would be a great book for young adults as well – it is clean and fast paced!!
NOTE : I received a copy of Murder in Disguise at no cost.
About Mr. Tayor
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. Afterward, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature at two liberal arts colleges.
He lives near Houston, Texas, where he writes fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.
More about the book:
Official verdict: Suicide. But why would that vigorous department chairman kill himself? To avoid disgrace? Those rumored ventures on the dark side? Some other secret life? Visiting professor Preston Barclay wonders. But his questions bring no answers, only anonymous threats. He has enough problems already, proving himself on a strange campus while radical faculty do all they can to undermine him. Worse yet, that sexy siren assigned as his assistant complicates his courtship of the beautiful Mara Thorn.
While Press keeps asking questions, Mara’s research reveals a cancer of criminal activity that permeates the community and even the campus itself. The more Press questions, the more dangerous the threats against him become, and the more determined he grows to clear his friend’s name.
But can Press and Mara’s stumbling efforts prevail against the entrenched forces of the police, the campus radicals, and an unseen but powerful criminal organization that increasingly puts their lives in danger…?
General Content (G): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language.