Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries

by Cynthia Kuhn
Published by Henery Press

The Semester of Our Discontent (Book 1)

Semester of our Discontent.pngEnglish professor Lila Maclean is thrilled about her new job at prestigious Stonedale University until she finds one of her colleagues dead. She soon learns that everyone, from the chancellor to the detective working the case, believes Lila—or someone she is protecting—may be responsible for the horrific event, so she assigns herself the task of identifying the killer.

More attacks on professors follow, the only connection a curious symbol found at each of the crime scenes. Putting her scholarly skills to the test, Lila gathers evidence, but her search is complicated by an unexpected nemesis, a suspicious investigator, and an ominous secret society. Rather than earning an “A” for effort, she receives a threat featuring the mysterious emblem and must act quickly to avoid failing her assignment…and becoming the next victim.


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

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“Kuhn earns a solid A+ with the best cozy debut I’ve read this year. An engaging heroine, a college setting that will have you aching to go back to school, and a puzzler of a mystery make this a must-read for cozy lovers.” — Laura DiSilverio, national best-selling author of the Readaholics Book Club mysteries and the Swift Investigations series

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“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 of anxious newbies, tweedy old troublemakers and scholars as sharp as they’re wise. Lila’s Stonedale is a world I’m thrilled to have found.” Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Dandy Gilver series and The Child Garden

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The Art of Vanishing (Book 2)
Coming February 28, 2017

The Art of Vanishing.pngWhen Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.

The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.

“Entertaining, intricate, and oh-so-smart! The talented Cynthia Kuhn treats mystery lovers to an insider’s look at the treacherous world of academia—seething with manipulation, jealousy, and relentless ambition. 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

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“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

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The Art of Vanishing is cozy perfection! This engaging mystery is a must read for cozy lovers everywhere. 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. This is the ideal book for a lazy afternoon and the best cozy I’ve read in a long time. Hoorah for Lila Maclean.” – Jennifer Kincheloe, award-winning author of the Anna Blanc mystery series

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