reviews

The Semester of Our Discontent

“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

“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

“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

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

“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

“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

“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 Hearts 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