Review of Murder in Disguise by Donn Taylor: A Christian Fiction Murder Mystery

It’s nice to find a murder mystery that is “clean.” The book I recently reviewed- Murder in Disguise- fits the bill. It turned out to be one that isn’t my favorite, but if you enjoy mysteries and are looking for a Christian fiction murder mystery, this is one you can try.

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About the Book…

From the book’s description: “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…?”

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My Thoughts…

The humor of the main character- Preston Barclay- just didn’t resonate with me. He made comments that I knew were supposed to be funny, but they just weren’t. Some of the dialogue just came across as corny.
I didn’t feel as if the characters were developed very well. They came across as rather flat. Most of the book is written as just a description of what’s happening along with dialogue. There isn’t much in the way of character’s inner thoughts, and I miss that.
The book is Christian fiction and was a great clean read. There isn’t any bad language or inappropriate situations. There is focus on the persecution of Christian ideas on the college campus, and there are times that the book came across as “preachy” to me.
This one just wasn’t a favorite. It is a good, clean murder mystery, though, so if you enjoy those, it’s worth checking out. You can find it on Amazon here.

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I give this one three stars and a PG rating for content (just because it is a murder and there are some tense situations).

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in any other way.