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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Book Review--Rhapsody in Red by Donn Taylor

Well, this post is 28 days after my last one, but I did manage to keep my promise to post again this month. Barely! My husband and I returned this past Tuesday from a 10 day vacation--5 day cruise to Mexico and then a stay at Orange Beach, AL. I was without computer access the whole time, but did have plenty of time to read!

First I want to give my own personal review for Donn Taylor's book Rhapsody in Red. I will draw tomorrow, December 1st, then post the winner of this book. They are in for a real treat. Donn's writing and characters draw you in from the very start. There is a musical quality to his writing and a musical theme throughout the book that adds much to the storyline. I even suggest you play some of the classical pieces his hero, Preston Barkley, is hearing in his head, while you are reading this book, to heighten the mood and the effect of the words.

I don't want to give away much of the plot line other than the back cover blurb I quoted from in my last post. I will share that Donn is a master at working all the subplots together seamlessly into a whole that will keep you guessing who the murderer is because he introduces us to so many well-written red herrings that you may not figure out the villain until almost the very end like Professor Barkley. The last line of the book leads me to believe there will be a sequel, and I certainly hope so. Preston Barkley now seems like a friend with whom I want to stay in touch. So, hurry up and write more, Donn.

4 comments:

Holly said...

This sounds like a great book, Rose. I love the title & I'm always looking for another good mystery. I look forward to reading it. Thanks for doing the review!
Holly
PS - Your vacation sounds wonderful. I'm in Northern Michigan and we are in the middle of a big snowstorm. :-)

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a good book from your review. :-)

Thoughts from South Moon said...

I've heard lots about this book and look forward to reading it. Thanks for the review.
deb cleveland

Karin said...

Thanks for taking the time to read and review - I'm looking forward to reading it!