October 17, 2020

The Bouchercon World Mystery Convention is online this year. Looking forward to this panel–hope you can join us!

Madcap Mayhem: The Age of Screwball Comedy

Screwball comedies in the 1930s and 40s took a light poke at mores during the Depression. How do today’s authors build on this tradition with improbable set-ups, quirky characters, and wacky plots?

Heather Haven (M), Kellye Garrett, Cynthia Kuhn, Heather Weidner, Elizabeth Little

For more information, please visit the full schedule of events.



Academic Mystery Giveaway

Happy to be collaborating with four wonderful authors to bring you a giveaway opportunity: five winners will win one ebook each and one grand prize winner will win all five!

And if you like academic mysteries, among the five of us, there are more than twenty books in our series:

You’ll have over thirty entry options between Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Newsletter Sign-Ups and More. The giveaway opens on September 15th and will close at 11:59 PM EST on September 20th. We will randomly choose the winners shortly afterward and announce the winners on our websites and social media; you can also see the winners from the giveaway link once we select them. Good Luck to Everyone!!!

Click here to enter: Rafflecopter Academic Mystery Giveaway



Facebook Launch Party

You are invited to the Facebook launch party for The Study of Secrets (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #5) and Nora Page’s¬†Read or Alive (Bookmobile Mysteries #3) on May 27, 2020¬†at 5 pm Pacific / 6 pm Mountain / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern. Hosted by Marie at A Cozy Experience, who kindly provided this graphic:

How to attend: Visit the event page, click ‚Äúgoing,‚ÄĚ and invite your friends! The more, the merrier. Once the party begins, all you have to do is click on the discussions tab to participate. We would love for you to join us!

The Study of Secrets

The Study of Secrets (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #5) is now available for pre-order! 

Publication date: May 26, 2020 from Henery Press

There could be nowhere more fitting for English professor Lila Maclean to spend her sabbatical than in a proper Victorian mansion. The whimsical Callahan House seems to have materialized from the pages of the mystery novels she is researching, with its enchanting towers, cozy nooks, and charming library. Unfortunately, it also features a body in the study.

Residents of Larkston have long believed that the Callahan family is cursed‚ÄĒthe murder on the estate sets the town buzzing. Wild rumors are fueled by a gossipy blogger who delights in speculation, and further crimes only intensify the whispers and suspicions. A newly discovered manuscript, however, appears to expose startling facts beneath the fictions. When Lila steps in to sort the truth from the lies, it may cost her everything, as someone wants to make dead certain that their secrets stay hidden.

‚ÄúFans of the¬†Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series¬†will be delighted to accompany their favorite English professor-sleuth on sabbatical from Stonedale University‚ÄĒand even more thrilled to learn that her temporary escape from the ivy-covered halls of academe does not include a break in solving murders. In The Study of Secrets, award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn once again offers mystery lovers what they crave most: a smart, thoughtful, and fiercely-determined heroine; an intriguing puzzle; an idyllic setting, and a cast of suspects worthy of Agatha Christie‚ÄĒwith a charming side of humor.‚ÄĚ — Lisa Q. Mathews, author of¬†The Ladies Smythe & Westin Mysteries

‚ÄúKuhn earns top marks with¬†The Study of Secrets, her best academic mystery yet. Heroine Lila Maclean uncovers secrets both old and new, the most exciting revealed to her at the very end. Outstanding!‚ÄĚ — Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries

‚ÄúWith The Study of Secrets, Cynthia Kuhn resurrects the gothic settings, keenly observed characters, and tricky puzzles of the Golden Age of detection. You‚Äôll be up all night finishing it!‚ÄĚ — Angela M. Sanders, author of the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries

‚ÄúWitty and smart, Lila Maclean is everyone‚Äôs favorite English professor. In her latest adventure, secrets abound, and only Lila can decipher fact from fiction. An atmospheric mansion, a missing manuscript, and a haunting disappearance add to the novel‚Äôs appeal. But it‚Äôs the fast-paced plot that will keep readers up long past their bedtimes, unraveling clues to multiple mysteries. A delightful read by one of my favorite authors!‚ÄĚ — Mary Angela, author of the Professor Prather Mysteries and Happy Camper Mysteries

‚ÄúCynthia Kuhn‚Äôs Lila Maclean series has been a welcome addition to the academic mystery canon, and I am happy to report that her newest,¬†The Study of Secrets, only continues to delight. With its smart and intrepid protagonist, witty writing, and insightful look into the power struggles that erupt when literary and academic egos collide, this clever and puzzling whodunit earns top marks in my book.‚Ä̬†— Leslie Karst, Lefty Award-nominated author of the Sally Solari Mysteries

‚ÄúThe Study of Secrets¬†hooked me on page one and refused to let go until I‚Äôd stayed up well past my bedtime to finish. The always likable Lila Maclean will keep you cheering for her and worrying about her as she faces a cast of characters who vary from mysterious to quirky to downright sinister. With secrets abounding, Lila‚ÄĒand the reader‚ÄĒmust constantly question who they can trust.¬†Beautifully written,¬†The Study of Secrets¬†teems with fascinating characters, a maze of a plot, and description so deep and real, you can smell the woodsmoke mingling with the pines.‚ÄĚ — Annette Dashofy, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Zoe Chamber Mystery Series

‚ÄúCynthia Kuhn has done it again!¬†The Study of Secrets¬†is a well-crafted and engaging mystery.‚ÄĚ — Debra H. Goldstein, Agatha- and Anthony-nominated author of the Sarah Blair Mysteries

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ps: On May 27, please join us on Facebook for the launch party! 

Agatha Award Nomination

Still cannot believe this happened: “The Blue Ribbon” has been nominated for an Agatha Award in the short story category.¬†Thank you so much,¬†Malice¬†community, and congratulations to all of the nominees!

The Agatha Award Nominees
(for works published in 2019)

Best Contemporary Novel
Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (Crooked Lane Books)
The Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur)
Fair Game by Annette Dashofy (Henery Press)
The Missing Ones by Edwin Hill (Kensington)
A Better Man by Louise Penny (Minotaur)
The Murder List by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Forge)

Best First Mystery Novel
A Dream of Death by Connie Berry (Crooked Lane Books)
One Night Gone by Tara Laskowski (Graydon House, a division of Harlequin)
Murder Once Removed by S. C. Perkins (Minotaur)
When It’s Time for Leaving by Ang Pompano (Encircle Publications)
Staging for Murder by Grace Topping (Henery Press)

Best Historical Mystery
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs by Rhys Bowen (Penquin)
Murder Knocks Twice by Susanna Calkins (Minotaur)
The Pearl Dagger by L. A. Chandlar (Kensington)
Charity’s Burden by Edith Maxwell (Midnight Ink)
The Naming Game by Gabriel Valjan (Winter Goose Publishing)

Best Nonfiction
Frederic Dannay, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and the Art of the Detective Short Story by Laird R. Blackwell (McFarland)
Blonde Rattlesnake: Burmah Adams, Tom White, and the 1933 Crime Spree that Terrified Los Angeles by Julia Bricklin (Lyons Press)
Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Knopf)
The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women by Mo Moulton (Basic Books)
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt)

Best Children/Young Adult
Kazu Jones and the Denver Dognappers by Shauna Holyoak (Disney Hyperion)
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen MacManus (Delacorte Press)
The Last Crystal by Frances Schoonmaker (Auctus Press)
Top Marks for Murder (A Most Unladylike Mystery)
by Robin Stevens (Puffin)
Jada Sly, Artist and Spy by Sherri Winston (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)

Best Short Story
“Grist for the Mill”¬†by Kaye George in¬†A Murder of Crows¬†(Darkhouse¬†Books)
“Alex‚Äôs Choice”¬†by Barb Goffman in¬†Crime Travel¬†(Wildside Press)
“The Blue Ribbon”¬†by Cynthia Kuhn in¬†Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible¬†(Wildside Press)
“The Last Word”¬†by¬†Shawn Reilly Simmons, Malice Domestic 14: Mystery Most Edible¬†(Wildside Press)
“Better Days”¬†by¬†Art Taylor¬†in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine

Lefty Award Nomination

Congratulations to all of the Lefty Award nominees! Honored that The Subject of Malice is in the company of books by authors I admire so very much. Thank you to everyone who has supported the Lila Maclean series.

Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel. The nominees are:

  • Ellen Byron, Fatal Cajun Festival (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Leslie Karst, Murder from Scratch (Crooked Lane Books)
  • Cynthia Kuhn, The Subject of Malice (Henery Press)
  • Catriona McPherson, Scot & Soda (Midnight Ink)
  • Wendall Thomas, Drowned Under (Poisoned Pen Press)

Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel. (Bruce Alexander Memorial) for books covering events before 1970. The nominees are:

  • Susanna Calkins, Murder Knocks Twice (Minotaur Books)
  • L.A. Chandlar, The Pearl Dagger (Kensington Books)
  • Dianne Freeman, A Lady‚Äôs Guide to Gossip and Murder (Kensington Books)
  • Jennifer Kincheloe, The Body in Griffith Park (Seventh Street Books)
  • Sujata Massey, The Satapur Moonstone (Soho Crime)

Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel. The nominees are:

  • Tori Eldridge, The Ninja Daughter (Agora Books)
  • Angie Kim, Miracle Creek (Sarah Crichton Books)
  • Tara Laskowski, One Night Gone (Graydon House)
  • John Vercher, Three-Fifths (Agora Books)
  • Carl Vonderau, Murderabilia (Midnight Ink)

Lefty for Best Mystery Novel. The nominees are:

  • Steph Cha, Your House Will Pay (Ecco)
  • Tracy Clark, Borrowed Time (Kensington Books)
  • Matt Coyle, Lost Tomorrows (Oceanview Publishing)
  • Rachel Howzell Hall, They All Fall Down (Forge Books)
  • Attica Locke, Heaven, My Home (Mulholland Books)