Left Coast Crime

April 5, 2022


Left Coast Crime is happening this week–if you’re attending, please say hello!

I’ll be on the following panels:

  • Lefty Humorous Nominees Ellen Byron/Maria DiRico, Jennifer Chow, Cynthia Kuhn, Raquel V. Reyes, Wendall Thomas, Lucinda Surber  
  • The Contradiction of Humor and Crime Kris Bock, Becky Clark, Cynthia Kuhn, Rob Osler, Susan C. Shea  

Can’t wait to see everyone! 🖤


How to Book a Murder (Starlit Bookshop Mystery #1)

How to Book a Murder is out now from Crooked Lane Books! 

Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Kate Carlisle, in award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn’s series debut, small-town bookseller and literary event planner Emma Starrs is out to close the book on a killer intent on crashing the party.

To help save her family’s floundering Colorado bookstore, Starlit Bookshop, newly minted Ph.D. Emma Starrs agrees to plan a mystery-themed dinner party for her wealthy, well-connected high school classmate Tabitha Baxter. It’s a delightful evening of cocktails and conjecture until Tabitha’s husband, Tip—hosting the affair in the guise of Edgar Allan Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin—winds up murdered.

In a heartbeat, Emma and her aunt Nora, a famous mystery writer, become suspects. Emma is sure the party’s over for Starlit events, until celebrated author Calliope Nightfall, whose gothic sensibilities are intrigued by the circumstances, implores the bookseller to create a Poe-themed launch event for her latest tome. Throwing a bash to die for while searching for additional clues is already enough to drive Emma stark raven mad, but another shocking crime soon reveals that Silvercrest has not yet reached the final chapter of the puzzling case.

Someone in this charming artistic community has murder on the mind, and if Emma cannot outwit the killer, she and her beloved aunt will land behind bars, to walk free nevermore.

“An unbeatable combination of Golden Age styling and modern-day intrigue, woven through with wit and keen observation” — Angela M. Sanders, author of the Witch Way Librarian and Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing mysteries

“Beautifully written and so full of love for books and their authors and readers” — Vicki Delany, national bestselling author of the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop mysteries

“A fast-paced delightful read” ~ Debra Goldstein, author of the Sarah Blair Mystery series

“With her trademark humor, engaging characters, twisty plotting, and literary references sure to charm mystery fans, she has created the bookstore we all want to browse in” –Laura DiSilverio, national best-selling and award-winning author of The Readaholics Book Club mysteries

“A gifted storyteller, Kuhn has created a delightful cast of quirky characters and a bookstore full of charm as a backdrop to an intriguing murder mystery.” — Kathy Aarons, national bestselling author of the Chocolate Covered Mysteries

“With its intelligent sleuth, bookish setting, and twisty plot, How to Book a Murder is a booklover’s dream come true!” — Mary Angela, author of the Happy Camper cozy mystery series and the Professor Prather academic mystery series 

“Smart, suspenseful, and brimming with intrigue, Kuhn crafts the perfect page-turner in a town and bookshop so thoroughly crafted and real.” — Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 series

Available in hardcover, ebook, and audio!

Launch Events


Twelve Days of Cozies (December 1-12, 2021)

Great Escapes Blog Tour (December 6-19, 2021)

Creating Conversations (December 7, 2021) Holiday Celebration Panel with Ellen Byron, Jennifer J. Chow, and Becky Clark

Murder by the Book (December 9, 2021) Conversation with Laura Bradford

Sisters in Crime-Colorado Book Club Discussion (December 15, 2021)


Books Are Awesome Signing (December 11, 2021)

Tattered Cover Bookstore (January 19, 2022) Crime Writers in Conversation Panel with Becky Clark, Kate Lansing, and Barbara Nickless

Many thanks to all of the event hosts and the participants in the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour!


December 6 – The Book Diva’s Reads – SPOTLIGHT

December 6 – The Book’s the Thing – REVIEW

December 7 – Mochas, Mysteries and Meows – CHARACTER GUEST POST

December 7 – Lisa Ks Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 8 – Literary Gold – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

December 9 – Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

December 10 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

December 10 – Cozy Up With Kathy – REVIEW

December 11 – Maureen’s Musings – SPOTLIGHT

December 11 – Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 12 – Laura’s Interests – SPOTLIGHT

December 13 – Socrates Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

December 13 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – REVIEW

December 14 – Christy’s Cozy Corners – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

December 14 – Book Club Librarian – REVIEW

December 15 – Reading, Writing & Stitch-Metic – SPOTLIGHT

December 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – REVIEW

December 16 – Mysteries with Character – GUEST POST

December 16 – Moonlight Rendezvous – REVIEW  

December 17 – Ascroft, eh? – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

December 17 – Diane Reviews Books – GUEST POST

December 18 – Author Elena Taylor’s Blog – REVIEW

December 19 – BookishKelly2020 – SPOTLIGHT  


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 “going,” 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!