“Lila Maclean is one of my new favorite detectives. She’s smart, she works hard, and she just solves a crime when it’s needed.” – BookStuffed
When 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.
“Cynthia Kuhn is phenomenal at conveying the tension-filled atmosphere that inundates higher institutions, where one’s fate rests entirely on a few out-of-touch, pompous faculty members.” – Kings River Life Magazine
“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 Bestselling Author of the Readaholics Book Club Mysteries (on 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 (on The Semester of Our Discontent)
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Books in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series:
THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT (#1)
THE ART OF VANISHING (#2)
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…
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. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Every spring semester, Stonedale University puts on an arts festival, and Lila has been roped into serving on the committee. The big name for the week is author Damon Von Tussel, who has just released his second book decades after his critically acclaimed debut. Lila is sent to interview him before the big event to gain some publicity, but before she can talk to him, he disappears. Then everyone on the committee starts to get threatening e-mails. What is going on? I don’t read too many mysteries set in the academic world, so I enjoyed changing that with this book. The internal politics of the college and Lila’s worries since this is her first-year teaching there overshadowed the mystery at times. The mystery itself is a little different than many of the books I read, and I found it a refreshing break. The characters are fun, especially Lila’s mother, and I am curious how some of these relationships will develop in the future.
Title: The Art of Vanishing - A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 2 Author: Cynthia Kuhn Publisher: Henery Press Published: 2-28-2017 Pages: 262 Genre: Mystery & Thrillers Sub-Genre: Suspense, Amateur Sleuths. Women's Fiction, Cozy Mystery ISBN: 978163511699 ASIN: B01NBHR7Y6 Reviewed For NetGalley and Henery Press Reviewer: DelAnne Rating: 4.5 Stars When 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. Books in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series: THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT (#1) THE ART OF VANISHING (#2) Lila Maclean is a strong intelligent woman who does not the world walk on her. When she is given lemons she makes lemonade and then sweetens it with the joys she has built in her life. The novel is well written and flows smoothly and quickly as the story unfolds. The newest characters add to the overall balance of the story, yet lead to future possibilities. A good cozy mystery well worth the time to read. My rating of "The Art of Vanishing - A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 2" is 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Cynthia Kuhn's second offering in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series is full of surprises and reversals. Not only is the plotting artful, Kuhn's understanding of the trials and tribulations faced by young tenure-track faculty is spot on! Lila Maclean is authentic in every detail, from her ready-for-replacement automobile to her reactions to every challenge and setback. The secondary characters are classics in academia-- from the lying elitist and the back-stabbing colleague to the pompous administrator-- but all are well-drawn and capable of unsettling the plucky savvy Lila as she does her very best to survive. If you haven't yet picked up Kuhn's series, you're in for a treat.
A different kind of setting for me. The academic setting was a bit unusual for me. My sister would love this book. This one was a little bit of a slow read for me. I think I would have enjoyed it more had I read the previous book. There are a few other surprises in this unusual cozy mystery. Lila's character is interesting. She seems to stumble along and solve the mystery without a lot of effort or seeming expertise. There is a little hint of romance in the installment. I look forward to going back to the beginning with this one and then reading through to the next. For additional reviews visit the Great Escapes Book Tour click here. I had the opportunity to visit briefly with the author. Watch for the post coming soon. I received a complimentary copy of The Art Of Vanishing. This review will appear at retail sites where the book is available. This review will appear on Good Reads and My Reading Journeys.
The Art of Vanishing by Cynthia Kuhn is the second book in her Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series. I was excited when this book came out and I'm happy to report that I was not disappointed. It was an enjoyable read that I could not put down. I like Lila and her independent nature but she seems to be a little too naive considering her worldly upbringing with her mother, Violet O. She should have been more aware of Simone and her wily ways. Lila is also kind and supportive of her friends and her colleagues. In this book we get to know more about her and the secondary characters that were introduced in the first. I also got a kick out of finally meeting Lila's mom. She is definitely in a class all by herself and made a memorable appearance in this book. It was especially nice to meet Lex when he is off duty and begin to know him personally as we only met him professionally in the first book. More academic politics, a cranky author, unsuccessful attempts to prevent the author from appearing at Stonedale and enough twists to keep you guessing until the reveals (yes, reveals!) There was also a hint at a possible romantic triangle which I hope does not happen as I really have enjoyed this series. I dislike romantic triangles as they often add nothing to the mystery and make the female protagonist seem indecisive. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Henery Press via NetGalley.