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Overview After his wife's death, Preston Barclay simply wants to go on teaching history and be left alone to grieve, but he has to cope with the musical hallucinations that have plagued him since his wife passed, and things become even more complicated when he stumbles across the dead body of a colleague.
Publishers Description It Was a Bad Day to Find a Corpse on Campus. Preston Barclay is a self-made recluse (and he likes it that way). Teaching college history allows him time to grieve the loss of his pianist wife and find relief from the musical hallucinations that have been playing in his head since her death. But when he and headstrong colleague, Mara Thorn, discover the body of another instructor on campus, Press's monotonous solitude is shaken up. When the preliminary evidence singles out Press and Mara, they must take some chances (including trusting each other) to build their own defense--by bending the rules just a little bit. They form an unlikely alliance to stay ahead of the police, the college's wary and incompetent administration, and whoever is trying to get away with murder. Or else they both might end up unemployed, behind bars, or worse...
From Publishers Weekly Two professors accused of murder on a Christian college campus must find the killer in a whodunit that plays to the beat of a unique soundtrack. The main character and narrator, Preston Barclay, suffers with musical hallucinations that started when his wife died and music passed from Faith's soul into mine. Repeated references to specific music he's hearing from his internal musicians distracts in this second novel from a war veteran with a Ph.D. in English literature. Barclay's female colleague is Wiccan, hired as part of the university's new policy of inclusion. Her blue gaze burns Preston, but their budding friendship intrigues. Suspended by the administration and suspected by police of killing a fellow professor, evidence mounts against the pair, even as they conduct a risky investigation of their own. While the style is usually witty and sensitive, puns and dialogue are overexplained, and prose tends toward the pedagogical. However, the ending has an unpredictable and satisfying twist, and both characters' journey toward faith will resonate with Christian readers. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Rhapsody in Red by Donn Taylor has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 06/30/2008 page 161
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 64
CBA Retailers - 09/01/2008 page 40
Christian Retailing - 09/08/2008 page 18
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Studio: Moody Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Moody Publishers
Series Preston Barclay Mystery
ISBN 0802451160 ISBN13 9780802451163
Availability 0 units.
More About Donn Taylor
Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he completed a PhD degree at The University of Texas and taught English literature (especially Renaissance) at two liberal arts colleges. His novels The Lazarus File, Deadly Additive, and Rhapsody in Red have received excellent reviews, and he has also authored Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences such as Glorieta and Blue Ridge. He and his lively wife of 61 years live near Houston, Texas, where he continues to write fiction, poetry, and articles on current topics.
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