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Murder Mezzo Forte by Donn E. Taylor

Sunday, July 17, 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 . . .

Goodreads Summary

Preston and Mara have a tendency to get in trouble and have to rely on their smarts and intuition to get themselves out of it.  Preston is infused with dry humor and slightly caustic wit.  Mara reminded me of one of the older women on the Father Brown show.  I've always had an appreciation for English humor and this book delivered on that front.  The mystery wasn't easy to guess at and I liked the twists the author incorporated in the novel.  

The supporting characters added a lot to the intrigue and possibilities of the mystery.  It felt like one mystery spiraled into another.  The book was difficult to put down and I liked how the author handled the ending.  My mom and sister also enjoyed the novel; it was quite a fun read!  Overall, this book is recommended to adult mystery readers.

4 Stars

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