Murder Mezzo Forte (Lamplighter Mysteries, June 2016)
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.
I'm a sucker for a good romantic murder mystery and Donn Taylor gave me just that in Murder Mezzo Forte. The writing style is smooth and easy to follow, but not dull at all. It is entertaining and engaging. The characters are fleshed out and well defined. I liked the personality dynamics between the characters and the sarcastic humor. The mystery is not an easy one to figure out. I love that. I hate to read a book and know "who done it" with in the first couple of pages. This book keeps the twists and turns coming, making it hard to guess the ending. As a recent college grad, I found this to be particularly interesting from that regard, as well. Preston reminded me of a few different professors I had HAHA! This book was delayed getting to me, but as with all things-"the best things come to those who wait!" Overall, I loved it!
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