Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for sending me a copy of Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor. All opinions listed are 100% my own.
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…?
This is the first of Donn Taylor’s books that I have read. If you like a really good mystery that keeps you guessing all the way to the end, then you’re going to love this book.
In the 3rd book of this series, we meet up again with Preston and Mara as they get themselves pulled into yet another murder.
Even though this is a 3 part series, each book stands alone. You won’t be lost if you haven’t read the other books in the series, but I highly recommend you do. For me, this is a great way to get ALL the information in a series. By the end, you always feel like you are part of the book.
There are so many great things about this book. It made it really hard to pick out the ONE reason why I loved it so much. There is a lot of funny dialogue making it a light hearted read.
I can’t recommend this book enough. If you enjoy Christian suspense novels, then you will like this book.
About Donn Taylor
With a PhD in English literature (Renaissance), Donn Taylor taught literature for 18 years at two liberal arts colleges. Now retired, he has published suspense novels, mysteries, and poetry.
His historical novel “Lightning on a Quiet Night” was a finalist for the 2015 Selah Awards. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences.
In a prior incarnation, he led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. He now lives in the woods near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction, poetry, and essays on current topics.