Murder in Disguise

Murder in Disguise

by Donn Taylor
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Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor

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...?

General Content (G): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946016263
Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Publication date: 10/15/2017
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Murder in Disguise 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell 12 months ago
Another really great mystery! This is the third in a series of Preston Barclay Mysteries, and reading this one made me wish I'd read the previous two--it's really good! Tension builds all the way through toward a great unexpected and satisfying conclusion. Preston Barclay ("Press" to friends) is a history professor afflicted with an interesting disease--Musical Ear Syndrome, which he's had since his wife died several years previous. He had been asked by his good friend Jordan Collier, the to teach a summer class in Christian history, and a month before Press arrives, Jordan is found dead by an apparent suicide. Press goes to pay a belated visit to Grace, Jordan's wife, and they are caught by her son in an embrace; never mind that it is strictly comforting. She wants him to investigate Jordan's death--she's sure it wasn't suicide. All he promises is that he'll talk to the investigators. They give him the file to peruse, and to him, it certainly looks like suicide. Grace has spread the word he's investigating, and he's constantly denying it to students, faculty, and the police. He goes to his visiting professor office and is greeted by a short-shorted, tight-bloused, tattooed sexpot wearing way too much perfume--his assigned assistant, Rainbow. She leaves perfume on everything she touches, and she straightens his tie. Trying to explain things to Mara Thorn, another visiting professor and his inamorata, earns him icicles instead of hugs, but .... Oops. Don't want to tell you too much. Grab this one before it goes away, all right? I received a free copy of this book from the author, but the opinions and evaluations are my own.
Deal_Sharing_Aunt More than 1 year ago
"Murder in Disguise" is a new addition to the series by Donn Taylor called " A Preston Barclay Mystery" series. Preston Barclay is just visiting when a department chairman is dead. It is thought by some to be a suicide. Press doesn't think that this is right so he starts to ask questions and the more he asks the more trouble he finds himself in. The campus is full of suspects and a lot of illegal activities. The suspects are not going to let him get any information and they start to try to stop him by scaring him with threats. This makes him want to solve this crime even more. Will he be able to prove that this was not a suicide but a murder before he is the next in line to get hurt? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Litfuse Publicity Group . These are my opinions.
summer_no9 More than 1 year ago
This was clever writing book and compelling to read with a good story of mystery fiction that giving us to exciting to read even more with a smart move writing from the author that had create a main character like Professor Preston Barclay with a higher education and other had to helping there friend to discovery official verdict suicide and the more they are getting closer to finding the true that the murder was hiding. It mean the more danger will come closer to them too. All of this story are keeping all taught guessing what will happen next and was hard to just walk way from this book when you start reading because this will make you busy till finished the end of this book. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for this review”.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Murder Follows Visiting Professor. Threats and Danger Imperil His Investigation and Romance. Donn Taylor has written a wonderful character in Preston Barclay. Murder in Disguise is the third book in his series. Preston Barclay is a professor teaching one summer term at the college where a dear friend was recently found dead. The verdict was suicide, but Professor Collier’s wife begs Preston to investigate—neither of them feel Collier would have done the deed. Barclay’s inamorata, Dr. Mara Thorn, is also in town for the summer doing research, and Barclay hopes, to further their budding romance. The two share opinions and research and discover a missing clue along with a web of sex trafficking, money laundering, and other nefarious crimes. Will they convince the cops that Collier was murdered—before being murdered themselves? Murder in Disguise is written from Preston Barclay’s point of view. He has a dry, almost acerbic, way of speech and a delightful quirk. He hears music that seems to accompany his thoughts and situations. You are reminded of wonderful classical music as Preston muses his way through the mystery. His hippie-looking assistant, Rainbow Glencannon, brings forth a jazz rhythm whenever she appears, however. Taylors somewhat dry manner of writing took some time to get used to, but by the end of the book, I was quite charmed by the style. If you like mysteries and eccentric characters, you’ll love the Preston Barclay Mysteries. Four Stars. Donn Taylor spent a career in the Army, in the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Europe, and Asia. The man has seen the world. Afterward, he earned a PhD in Renaissance Literature and taught at two colleges. He has written three suspense novels, a historical novel, and a book of poetry. He lives near Houston, Texas. I was gifted with a copy of Murder in Disguise, but I was in no way obligated to write a favorable review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Murder in Disguise is the third book in the Preston Barclay Mystery series by author Donn Taylor and I believe it is my favorite to date. Preston has signed up to be a visiting history professor at a more liberal college and Mara his love interest is going as well to stay with an old friend to do some research. Preston is arriving at the college after his longtime friend has supposedly committed suicide. This is so out of character for his friend, Jordan, that even Jordan’s wife has asked him to prove it is murder. Preston already saddened by the news is hesitant to step back in to a possible murder investigation. Well, the story is sprinkled with so many unusual faculty members and students, not to mention the cops don’t really want Preston nosing around. And because she is Mara, and loves Press, she steps into the pot as well. This situation quickly escalates and becomes more dangerous as Preston begins uncovering the truth. As with all of author Taylor’s books, I so enjoy the wit and wisdom he uses in a tongue in cheek way. Not at all a preachy book but it does show the ridiculous realities that colleges are becoming. Not just a funny subject, but quite a serious and terrifying one as well when you consider the ramifications this will have on our culture, society, and our children. This was a book that I was invested in and wanted to pursue the truth with Press and Mara at whether their friend did commit suicide and why, or was it truly murder in disguise? The overarching theme of Preston’s and Mara’s romance was also something I have been looking to read more of and I was not disappointed. I highly recommend this cozy mystery and cleverly, witty written book. I received a copy of this novel for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Wonder what it might be like to have a professor at a college who isn't afraid to stand up for his beliefs? His Christian beliefs that is, and not concerned with sharing his point of views with students that attend his classes. That is just one of the more interesting insights in Donn Taylor's latest novel, Murder in Disguise. This combines just the right elements to make this a must read for all fans of detective and mystery novels, and like most of our well known universities, faith is also under fire from those more liberal in their teaching styles and beliefs. Preston Barclay is returning back to college in hopes of finding out the real reason his good friend has died. While the police have ruled this a shut and closed suicide, it just doesn't sit well with what Preston knows of his friends character and moral beliefs. This just seems to easy to sweep it under the rug without probing a bit further. Of course to complicate things a bit and to get in the way of an ongoing relationship, Preston is assigned an assistant to aid in his investigation and that would cause most women to be a bit more than just concerned. His relationship with Mara, isn't as complicated as most think. She helps to balance him and sees things from different perspectives because she isn't as emotionally involved in this as Preston is. What she begins to uncover reveals much more than a simple motive for the death of his friend, but also an ongoing hot bed of criminal activity that those involved would like to see left alone and unexposed. Is this the real reason for his friends death? Did he stumble upon something accidentally and paid for that with his life? Oh things are about to get interesting and Preston has no plans to go anywhere until all the cards are on the table. I received Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor compliments of Lamplighter Mysteries and Litfuse Publicity. I love it when you really get into the mystery attempting to solve it before your characters do and this is just the right mystery to do just that. However, I am not the great detective that I always hope I am, and follow the wrong rabbit down the hole too many times. Murder mystery fans will love the complexity of this novel and the way each character creates just the right element to make this novel work and keep you entertained but mostly turning pages as fast as you can to get to the very end. I would rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my opinion. This is the third novel in the Preston Barclay Mystery Series.
Steve_Doc_Hilton More than 1 year ago
Professor Preston Barclay undertakes the teaching of two courses at a state university in the midwest as a visiting professor for the summer term. It provides for several pressing issues in his life. The need for income, obviously. The desire to make an impact on the minds of the succeeding generation. Oh, and then there’s the little issue of his friend and colleague committing suicide that he has questions about. And when the widow beseeches him to “prove” that the suicide was anything but . . . his musical hallucinations simply increase volume and tempo. The state university proves to be more of a minefield than an institution for higher education, and try as he might to avoid scandal, controversy and violence, all three seem to be mandatory courses in his rather busy “class schedule.” And then there are the “electives,” which include a hijacking, money laundering, Christian rights in the marketplace, and human trafficking. And you thought you had a full day! As Professor Barclay investigates without investigating, his momentum – and its impact – become increasingly similar to the proverbial bull in a china shop. And then . . . the walls came tumbling down. There is so much to say about this book; the puns, the musical references, the lectures, all woven together in a beautiful tapestry that will hold your attention to the final crescendo. This is a book that needs to be experienced, as well as read. 5 stars for a cozy mystery that causes you to rethink your commitments. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.