Professor Barclay lost his wife three years ago, and he has been pretty much a hermit since. He spends his days teaching history and listening to the music his brain has fed him ever since he lost his wife.
Mara Thorn is another enigma, and she pretty much keeps to herself as well.
They both do until they find themselves the top suspects in a murder.
This book was interesting for several reasons. Very few write in first person POV. I like it myself as it is rare. I must admit that the "Rhapsody" part of the book was a bit annoying to me. That and the middle of the book dragging is all that keeps this from a five star read.
The theme of the university pulling away from its Christian roots to be more open and inviting is definitely a good one for these days. Once again Donn Taylor always manages to weave a faith theme so well in his books.
The mystery part of the book is fascinating...a very good " who done it" novel. One that keeps the reader guessing. It has many twists and turns and some strange characters thrown in for good measure. The storyline is interesting, and with the reader only knowing one character, the mystery and suspense is stronger than most.
I really enjoyed this book. It stated that a sequel is to come out, and I'd be thrilled to see that occur....especially if the rhapsody is less.
I received this book through bookfun.org for my honest opinion which I have given.
Preston Barclay has become a bit of a hermit since his wife passed away. He's a professor who lives for his teaching, but doesn't really have any other life outside of the university. So when a fellow professor, Mara, comes to him for help in mediating a problem with another co-worker, he's reluctant to get involved. Turns out he should have listened to his reluctance. Now he and Mara are neck deep in a murder mystery. With a killer on the loose, an police officer with revenge on his mind, and a inept boss, they need to come together to share clues before they both end up dead.
I've read another book by this author and enjoyed it. But this one was even better. The characters were well defined and fit with the genre. The author adds their backstories without overwhelming the plot. This is labeled as a Christian mystery, but the elements of faith were subtle and flowed well with the story. The mystery was wrapped up in the end, but the author left a couple of things open to lead the way for the next book.
I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Rhapsody in Red is another Christian suspense novel with a touch of romance by Donn Taylor that is well worth taking the time to read. Full of twists and turns, each chapter reveals something new that keeps the reader guessing until the end of the book. All the references to music were a little confusing since I am not a music major, but it did not distract me from being engrossed in the plot of the story. Preston Barclay is a professor at a Christian university teaching history and for three years has lived a solitary life grieving the death of his wife which was the love of his life. Her music dominates his mind, and he cannot even face going to church without her. His life is disrupted by another professor, Mara Thorn, a Wiccan hired to teach in the department of religious studies, when she asks him to escort her to a colleagues office. On entering, they find the teachers body and end up in the pool of suspects. Preston and Mara must learn to trust each other and conduct their own investigation in order to clear their names and save their jobs. This adventure leads them through dangers of the additional murder of a student and losing friendships, their jobs, and even their lives. Will they be able to solve the murders? Can Preston overcome his grief to trust God and love? Is Mara a true Wiccan or will she rediscover a relationship with the Lord? I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
This was an excellent book! I had a hard time putting it down because I couldn't wait to find out who the killer was!
Professor Preston Barclay is a college professor who keeps to himself. His wife has passed away and now he pretty much just teaches. But then him and a colleague find a body of another colleague. Since they found the body, they become the prime suspects. They form an unlikely alliance, and try to find out who the real killeris so they can clear their names.
This was a great inspirational suspense novel. I would recommend this to everyone. I can't wait until the sequel comes out! I received this book from bookfun for my honest opinion.
Professor Preston Barclay teaches history at a small Midwestern university. His friends call him Press, but he has few of those. Most faculty shun him as he is not afraid to say what he thinks and stand up for what he feels is right. He is a widower in his mid-fifties with a college age daughter. His wife died about three years ago and he has stopped going to church due to his overwhelming grief, which he still experiences sometimes more deeply than others. He hasnt lost his faith, but he isnt practicing it either. He becomes involved in a murder investigation when a fellow colleague, Mara Thorn, asks for his help confronting another teacher. They go to confront this teacher and find her murdered.
Press and Mara soon find themselves among the suspects and begin their own investigation to find the murderer. The captain in charge of the investigation is someone from Prestons past and has a personal score to settle with Press, so he finds any and every excuse to keep Press as the prime suspect. As Press and Mara continue to ask questions, more and more threats are made against them. Then, they are on the run for their very lives. Mara is in her mid-thirties with an aversion to being touched and is very much in control of herself. She was raised in a very strict religious environment that claimed to be Christian, but in truth didnt practice what the Bible says, which in turn has soured her on Christianity. She says she is now a Wiccan, but will these beliefs sustain her when she is on the run?
This is an excellent mystery filled with witty dialogue, sarcastic wit; some laugh out loud moments for readers as well as some really awful puns! I loved it and hope there are many more Professor Barclay novels that come from the mind and pen of Donn Taylor. I liked seeing the coming out of the fog of grief to return to an active faith-based life, his fight against political correctness when that violates his religious freedoms and the different songs that play through his mind at various times. I am a big mystery fan and am so excited Ive found a new author with a great talent for this genre. This one is definitely a book readers will want to buy for their collection. Great job Donn!!