Agatha Award, Best First Novel
William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant
English professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University until she finds one of her colleagues dead. She soon learns that everyone, from the chancellor to the detective working the case, believes Lila—or someone she is protecting—may be responsible for the horrific event, so she assigns herself the task of identifying the killer.
More attacks on professors follow, the only connection a curious symbol found at each of the crime scenes. Putting her scholarly skills to the test, Lila gathers evidence, but her search is complicated by an unexpected nemesis, a suspicious investigator, and an ominous secret society. Rather than earning an “A” for effort, she receives a threat featuring the mysterious emblem and must act quickly to avoid failing her assignment…and becoming the next victim.
“A very intricate, cool story featuring the depth of an institution where everyone is dying to climb the ladder of success.” — Suspense Magazine
“The first sentence grabbed me, the ending surprised me and, in between, The Semester of Our Discontent was a box of delights. A pitch-perfect portrayal of academic life with a beguiling cast.” — Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series and The Child Garden
“The Semester of Our Discontent leads the reader on a journey worthy of any crime mystery and serves up an ending you are unlikely to see coming regardless of how long you have studied the mystery genre…It may take place in the world of certificates and tweed suits, but it is sharp.” — Criminal Element
“Kuhn earns a solid A+ with the best cozy debut I’ve read this year. An engaging heroine, a college setting that will have you aching to go back to school, and a puzzler of a mystery make this a must-read for cozy lovers.” — Laura DiSilverio, national best-selling author of the Readaholics Book Club mysteries and the Lefty-nominated Swift Investigations series
“I was fascinated from the first until the final page. This is a mystery-fan’s dream read. I highly recommend this book.” — Book Review Crew
“Author Cynthia Kuhn is phenomenal at conveying the tension-filled atmosphere that inundates higher institutions, where one’s fate rests entirely on a few out-of-touch, pompous faculty members.” — Kings River Life Magazine
“College professor Lila Maclean gets an A+ for her detecting skills in this twisty mystery set at a Colorado university. A great book…I can’t wait to see what author Cynthia Kuhn does next!” — Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 series and the Maeve Conlon mysteries
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Lefty Award Nominee, Best Humorous Mystery
When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.
The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.
“Entertaining, intricate, and oh-so-smart! A terrific plot—with a surprise around every corner.” — Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author of Say No More
“The Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series should be required reading for anyone who loves a great mystery! Tightly plotted with a deliciously memorable cast of characters, The Art of Vanishing kept me guessing from start to finish, and Kuhn’s smart sense of humor made every page a pleasure.” — Marla Cooper, author of the Kelsey McKenna Destination Wedding Mysteries
“The Art of Vanishing is cozy perfection! Author Cynthia Kuhn takes readers to the sometimes-treacherous academic world and proves once again that protagonist Lila Maclean is not just educated, she’s smart.” — Jennifer Kincheloe, award-winning author of the Anna Blanc mystery series
“Whether Stonedale University English professor Lila is confronting a backstabbing colleague or investigating a murder attempt on a cantankerous bestselling author, readers will root for this enormously likeable heroine.” — Ellen Byron, Agatha nominee and USA Today Bestselling author of the Cajun Country Mysteries
“I love Lila! She’s smart and relatable, with engaging friends, fun family, and some decidedly un-collegial colleagues. This academic mystery kept me on the edge of my seat.” — Ann Myers, author of the Santa Fe Café Mysteries
“Incomparable manuscripts and competitive colleagues unfold into a surprising mystery about love, loss, and betrayal. Author Cynthia Kuhn schools us in the art of duplicity, and the grade is A+.” — Diane Vallere, National Bestselling Author of the Costume Shop Mystery Series
“Cynthia didn’t disappoint with this fabulous second book.…her books are smooth like a really good cup of tea, not bitter, not sweet, just right.” — Bibliophile Reviews
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Best Book on Atwood and Her Work — Margaret Atwood Society Award (2005)
This study examines the associations between dressing and storytelling in Margaret Atwood’s fiction, focusing particularly on The Robber Bride and Alias Grace.
The essays collected here demonstrate how scholarly attention to literary fashioning can contribute to a deeper understanding of texts, their contexts, and their innovations.
Reading Chuck Palahniuk examines how the author pushes through a variety of boundaries to shape fiction and to question American identity in powerful and important ways.