reviews

The Semester of Our Discontent

“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 is a witty portrait of academia wrapped in a murder mystery.  A masterful debut!” — Laura DiSilverio, national best-selling author of the Readaholics Book Club mysteries and the Lefty-nominated Swift Investigations series

“A very intricate, cool story featuring the depth of an institution where everyone is dying to climb the ladder of success.” — Suspense Magazine

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

“Author Cynthia Kuhn is phenomenal at conveying the tension-filled atmosphere that inundates higher institutions…” — 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

“Binge reading this first novel in a new series will be almost impossible to resist. The wealth of suspects will keep readers cramming just a few more pages in before bedtime.”  — BOLO Books

The Semester of Our Discontent takes the reader into higher education’s secrets and shadows, where the real lesson is for the new professor—how to stay alive. If you’re smart, you’ll read this book.” — Lori Rader-Day, Anthony Award-winning author of The Black Hour

“Only an insider like Kuhn can reveal the savagery behind the mask of scholarship and collegiality with such acuity and grace.” — Lev Raphael, author of Assault with a Deadly Lie

“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

“Lila Maclean is one of my new favorite detectives.” — Bookstuffed

“I have a real fondness for academic mysteries and this one is first rate.”  — For the Love of Books

“There were so many twists and turns, I was kept guessing right up to the very end. This is one of the best debut novels I have read in a long time. I highly recommend that you add this new series to your reading list.” — Booklady’s Booknotes

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The Art of Vanishing

“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

“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

“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

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

“This is the second book in a series that began with the incredible tale, The Semester of Our Discontent, and as it was with the first, this plot never lets the reader down. Between the covers is absolute humor, yet under the funny stuff lies a serious suspense-filled story.” — Suspense Magazine

“This is another highly entertaining novel…” — Kings River Life Magazine

“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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The Spirit in Question

“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

“Lila’s relative stability and sanity in the midst of chaos is always a delight. . . . Watching these intellectuals maneuver through ghost hunters, demanding students, irrational professors, and a poltergeist or two is endlessly entertaining.” – Kings River Life News and Reviews

“I LOVED this cozy mystery! . . . This is a must-read, delectable series!” — Mallory Heart’s Cozies

“Lila is on top of her game in this mystery. . . . I was pleased with the outcome at the end. I think that’s how it should be, readers should be happy when they finish a wonderful book, such as this one.” – Bibliophile Reviews

“In The Spirit in Question, author Cynthia Kuhn has woven an eccentric cast of characters and humorous scenes into an entertaining madcap read.” — Book Club Librarian

“If you are looking for a smart, intelligent cozy mystery, I highly recommend reading this one and the entire series!” — Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews

“I will be keeping up with Lila’s future adventures for sure!” – A Cozy Experience

The Spirit in Question is smart, funny, and engaging.” – Island Confidential

“If you are looking to get into the Halloween mood, you’ll definitely want to pick up The Spirit in Question.  It’s a fun mystery filled with plenty of atmosphere.”  — Carstairs Considers

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The Subject of Malice

“This continues to be a shining example of entertaining academic mysteries, where universities and their professors showcase a lethal dose of entertainment.” — Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life News and Reviews

“Absolutely addictive.” — Kathleen Valenti, Lefty and Agatha nominated author of the Maggie O’Malley Mysteries

“You know how sometimes you finish a book and just sit there for a minute to relish it? That’s what I did with The Subject of Malice. A pure delight from page one. Cynthia Kuhn’s Lila Maclean mysteries will cure what ails you. Funny and fantastic.” — Becky Clark, author of the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries

“An intelligent, witty mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.” — Libby Klein, Author of the Poppy McAllister Mysteries

“Papers, and panels, and murder, oh my! Everyone’s favorite professor, Lila Maclean (secret powers include reading and finding bodies), is back and she’s on the case (officially)! Lila’s latest adventure is full of high drama and high crimes. Such FUN!” — Julie Mulhern, USA TODAY bestselling author of the Country Club Murders

“Smart, action-packed, and immensely satisfying, The Subject of Malice had me from page one. I love this series, and it just keeps getting better.” –Wendy Tyson, author of Rooted in Deceit

“Cynthia Kuhn’s The Subject of Malice is a twisty mystery with a gentle, gracious humor and a touch of whimsy. Reading it is like spending the afternoon with a best friend. You laugh. You smile. And you want to see her again very soon. I can’t wait for the next Lila Maclean mystery.” — Keenan Powell, Lefty and Agatha nominated author of the Maeve Malloy mystery series

“This was a tightly woven drama that immediately grabbed my attention, becoming a page-turner as I couldn’t put this book down.” —  Dru’s Book Musings

“The Subject of Malice is the strongest book in this series to date. After having read it, I must give it a grade of A+.” — Carstairs Considers

“An entertaining read with twists and turns peppered throughout.” — Mysteries With Character

“An engaging cozy mystery set in the Rockies that will leave readers feeling well satisfied, indeed.” — Mallory Heart’s Cozies

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The Study of Secrets

“Sharp humor, plot twists galore, and genuinely likable characters establish this as one of best academic mystery series being written today.” — Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life News and Reviews

“Fans of the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series will be delighted to accompany their favorite English professor-sleuth on sabbatical from Stonedale University—and 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—with a charming side of humor.” — Lisa Q. Mathews, author of The Ladies Smythe & Westin Mysteries

“Kuhn 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!” — Margaret Mizushima, author of the award-winning Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries

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

“Witty and smart, Lila Maclean is everyone’s 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’s appeal. But it’s 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!” — Mary Angela, author of the Professor Prather Mysteries and Happy Camper Mysteries

“Cynthia Kuhn’s 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.” — Leslie Karst, Lefty Award-nominated author of the Sally Solari Mysteries

The Study of Secrets hooked me on page one and refused to let go until I’d 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—and the reader—must 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.” — Annette Dashofy, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Zoe Chamber Mystery Series

“The Study of Secrets finds Kuhn in full command of her cozy genre, which eschews violence and brutality for murderous doings of more genteel nature. In Kuhn’s assured hands, Lila is a spunky, inquisitive, and relentless heroine who is more than happy to risk her life to solve a murder, or two or three, when the authorities aren’t up to the task. The result . . . is a satisfying midwinter’s tale set high in the frigid Colorado Rockies, perfect for a hot summer of sheltering in place.” — Scott Graham, National Outdoor Book Award-winning author of the National Park Mystery Series

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

“The charming characters and engrossing plot make the pages fly by all too quickly.” — Carstairs Considers

“The author writes in such a clear and smart way that the books are a joy to read. Nothing is wasted and every word counts. Lila and her story grows and evolves with every book and I find myself rooting for her like I would a friend to succeed in her endeavors.” — A Cozy Experience

“I loved every minute of reading it.” — Baroness Book Trove

“An engrossing, and challenging, race to the surprising denouement for armchair detectives like me. It’s great fun to not only solve the murder but also spot the witty nods to great mysteries of the past.” — Diane Reviews Books