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The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn
A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 1
English 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.
1) What is the best part of being an author?
Writing the story you are compelled to tell; hearing from readers who connected with it.
2) If you could write from anywhere in the world, where would you write from and why?
A beach! There’s something so inspiring about the waves rolling in. Plus it would be energizing to swim and walk along the shore during quick writing breaks (as opposed to the current practice of wandering aimlessly around the house).
3) Do you write on a schedule or whenever you are inspired?
Regularly, but not quite on a schedule. Writing has to happen whenever I can wrestle a few hours from teaching and parenting responsibilities, so it’s different every week.
4) Do you see yourself in any of your characters?
I suppose there’s some crossover with Lila in that we are both English professors and teach in the same area. 🙂
5) Do you have any favorite holiday movies?
Favorite holiday films are Love Actually and The Holiday.
6) What are you working on right now?
I’m writing various things for the launch of book two, The Art of Vanishing, which comes out in February. And I have just started book three in the series (wish I were at the aforementioned beach right now).
About Cynthia Kuhn
Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD and other publications. She teaches English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.
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Thanks for all the great reviews and interviews.
Dianne Nickel Casey
Sounds like an intriguing read. Another new author to me. Can’t wait to read.
I love academic mysteries. My two dream jobs were college professor and author. Lol!
sounds like a book with great characters and plot. I am going to put thus on my my must read list