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…?
As part of the Litfuse Bloggers Program, I was able to join in on the Blog Tour for Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor. This is the first novel I’ve read by Donn Taylor, and I have to admit that it took me a little bit to dig into the book due to a slow start on my part and too many things on my plate. Once I got into the book though, it was a “cover to cover” read.
Preston Barclay is returning back to college hoping he will find out why his good friend, Jordan Collier, has died. Even though the police considered it a closed case of suicide, Preston felt that his friend’s character and moral beliefs just didn’t support a suicide. Preston was a visiting professor for a few weeks during the summer at the state University. When Grace, Jordan’s widow, asked Preston to look into it, he felt that he had to look into it. The end result is that every time something happened, it led Preston and Mara to think that there was something more to this than Jordan’s suicide.
As a side note, I really liked this about Preston: He is a man with music constantly playing in his head. Depending on the people he’s with or the situation he was in, the music would change. Apparently his widow was a musician and he would continue to hear her playing music. As a musician myself, I thought it was very endearing.
There are many twists and turns to this story that make readers uncertain about who anyone really is – whether they are a friend or an enemy. I enjoyed this book and recommend it to other mystery lovers. It has talk of Christianity and it fits very well within the story.