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!!
Donn Taylor's debut cozy, Rhapsody in Red, is a mystery "to die for" (please excuse the cliche). Preston Barclay, history professor, is an engaging character with all too human traits and a daily life accentuated with unexpected musical hallucinations. The curious combination tickled this reader's funny bone, keeping me entertained and flipping the pages. Taylor's myriad skills as a writer were front and center along with his amazing ability to spin a story. I didn't know "who done it" until the murder was revealed by the professor himself. Also enjoyable was the interaction between the protagonist and professor Mara Thorn, who played a reluctant Dr. Watson to Barclay's Holmes.Overall, an expertly woven yarn that delights on every page. Don't miss it! Rhapsody in Red is delicious.
What happens when a widowed history professor and a man-shy religious studies professor walk into a colleague's office and find her dead? You will discover a true mystery when you read Donn Taylor's new book, Rhapsody in Red. Preston Barclay has built a reclusive life for himself. His simple days of teaching history, going home quietly, and listening to the musical hallucinations in his head end the moment Mara Thorn walks into his office seeking help. They discover the body of a fellow teacher and suddenly find themselves the prime in her murder. Mara and Preston bend a few rules and start their own investigation into the murder. Mara's lack of trust for men and Preston's distancing from women creates a tension that, in itself, complicates their search. The cast of characters all seem to have unusual connections with the dead professor and as Mara and Preston uncover the mysteries, it pushes them further from a solution.Donn Taylor wrote an intriguing mystery. His skill with the whodunit kept me going back and forth with my own thoughts on who I thought it was. The music Preston's mind assigned to each of the people and situations he faced created a most interesting backdrop in the book. I could almost hear the background music whenever the Dean entered a page. This book is a fun read and a good mystery. I look forward to reading more of Donn's books.