Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries, beginning with The Semester of Our Discontent, which received an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama, PhD, and other publications. She is a professor of English at Metropolitan State University of Denver and president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.
The Art of Vanishingby Cynthia Kuhn
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"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, Mary Higgins Clark Award-Winning Author of The Other Woman
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.
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"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
"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, USA Today Bestselling Author of Plantation Shudders
"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." -- Jennifer Kincheloe, Bestselling Author of the Anna Blanc Mystery Series
"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 Pillow Stalk
"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
Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), academic mysteries, book club recommendations.
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.
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