This just in: The Spirit in Question has been named a finalist in the Mystery category of the Foreword Indie Book of the Year Awards! So honored to be on the list–congrats to all. For more information, please visit Foreword Reviews.
Left Coast Crime has released the 2019 Lefty Award nominations, and The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #3) has been nominated in the “Best Humorous Mystery” category! So honored–thank you to everyone who voted!
Congratulations to all of the nominees!
Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery Novel:
- Ellen Byron, Mardi Gras Murder (Crooked Lane Books)
- Kellye Garrett, Hollywood Ending (Midnight Ink)
- Timothy Hallinan, Nighttown (Soho Crime)
- Leslie Karst, Death al Fresco (Crooked Lane Books)
- Cynthia Kuhn, The Spirit in Question (Henery Press)
- Catriona McPherson, Scot Free (Midnight Ink)
Lefty for Best Historical Mystery Novel (Bruce Alexander Memorial):
- Rhys Bowen, Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Berkeley Prime Crime)
- David Corbett, The Long-Lost Love Letters of Doc Holliday (Black Opal Books)
- Laurie R. King, Island of the Mad (Bantam Books)
- Sujata Massey, The Widows of Malabar Hill (Soho Crime)
- Ann Parker, A Dying Note (Poisoned Pen Press)
- Iona Whishaw, It Begins in Betrayal (Touchwood Editions)
Lefty for Best Debut Mystery Novel:
- Tracy Clark, Broken Places (Kensington Books)
- A.J. Devlin, Cobra Clutch (NeWest Press)
- A.J. Finn, The Woman in the Window (William Morrow)
- Dianne Freeman, A Lady’s Guide to Etiquette and Murder (Kensington Books)
- Aimee Hix, What Doesn’t Kill You (Midnight Ink)
- Keenan Powell, Deadly Solution (Level Best Books)
- J.G. Toews, Give Out Creek (Mosaic Press)
Lefty for Best Mystery Novel:
- Lou Berney, November Road (William Morrow)
- Matt Coyle, Wrong Light (Oceanview Publishing)
- Louise Penny, Kingdom of the Blind (Minotaur Books)
- Lori Rader-Day, Under a Dark Sky (William Morrow Paperbacks)
- Terry Shames, A Reckoning in the Back Country (Seventh Street Books)
- James W. Ziskin, A Stone’s Throw (Seventh Street Books)
Looking forward to participating on this panel with Margaret Mizushima, Bruce Most, and Mark Stevens at the January meeting of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America!
WHAT: Authors with varied publishing backgrounds will discuss their social media strategies and experience. Please join them as they share their ideas on internet networking and book promotion. Audience participation and questions are welcome.
WHERE: Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, 290 East Speer Blvd. (corner of Speer and Grant) in Denver. Limited free parking is available and CADA is fully accessible with an elevator.
WHEN: Thursday night January 10th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. conversation and networking; 7:00 p.m. dinner & program
COST: $20 for members, $25 for guests & everyone at the door.
RSVPs are necessary. Please RSVP and pay via PayPal on the website by Monday, January 7th to ensure your reservation. You may also email our catering director Sue Hinkin if you plan on paying at the door or have special dietary requests.
Thinking of writing a mystery? You are invited to the Writing Mystery Workshop on October 25, 2018 at the Parker Library, 6:30-8:30 pm!
We’ll cover genres and characteristics, strategies for writing your draft, techniques for developing your manuscript, and information about how and where to submit your work. In short: we will discuss the path from idea to submission!
Hosted by Douglas County Libraries. Free and open to the public.
[Update: registration is waitlist-only now.]
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.
About the book:
English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical. But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.
The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad. With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?
“Lila Maclean returns with theatrical hilarity and otherworldly suspense. A fabulous backstage whodunit.” — Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author of the Davis Way Crime Caper Series
“Delightful heroine Lila and her supporting cast conjure a fun show stopper in The Spirit in Question. Old scandals, new rivalries, a ghostly menace, and a determined killer will keep readers puzzling over whodunit until the final act.” — Vickie Fee, author of the Liv & Di in Dixie Mysteries
“Cynthia Kuhn has a keen ear for what makes the worlds of the academy and the theater such a rich vein of humor and such a great backdrop for a mystery.” — Roger Johns, award-winning author of the Wallace Hartman Mysteries
“Murder, protests and a haunted theater–Stonedale University English professor Lila Maclean deals with it all with wit and humor in The Spirit In Question, a must-read for cozy mystery fans.” — Sybil Johnson, author of the Aurora Anderson Mysteries
“An A+ academic mystery! This delightful cozy deserves extra credit for its clever protagonist, laugh-out-loud dramatics, and layers of mystery. Add in ghostly intrigue and a haunted opera house, and The Spirit in Question is the perfect Halloween read.” — Nora Page, author of the Bookmobile Mysteries
“With The Spirit in Question, Cynthia Kuhn graduates from an author to watch to one to add to your must-read list for a fun mystery set in academia.” — USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author Gigi Pandian
October 9, 2018 ~ Tattered Cover Bookstore (Aspen Grove) ~ 7 pm
Please join Scott Graham, Margaret Mizushima, Barbara Nickless, Nora Page, and me at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove for a panel discussion on crime writing.
Book clubs are the BEST. If you’re looking for new reads for your book club, Book Club Central is a terrific resource.
It’s a thrill to be included in this list of academic mysteries, with these wonderful books from authors Mary Angela, Carole B. Shmurak, and Lori Rader-Day–have read and enjoyed them all!
The Colorado Gold Conference is happening this week, September 6-9! If you’re attending, please say hello–I’ll be at the Friday night author signing as well as the Cozy Mystery Roundtable and the “How to Write a Traditional/Cozy Mystery Series” presentation with Linda Joffe Hull on Saturday.
Please join us…
Saturday August 18, 2018
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Anderson Room, Englewood Library
1000 Englewood Parkway
1st Floor, Englewood Civic Center
Englewood, CO 80110
“The Write Crime” panel with Mary Birk, Peg Brantley, Jennifer Kincheloe, Cynthia Kuhn, Shawn McGuire, and Barbara Nickless
For over one hundred years, since the world was first introduced to Sherlock Holmes, both writers and readers alike have been fascinated by the mystery novel. Join six members of Sisters in Crime-Colorado as they present an author panel discussion on writing, research, publishing, self-publishing, and sneak previews of their latest works. Book sales and signing to follow. For adults & teens. No registration required.
The Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries are now available in large-print editions from Thorndike Press!