The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Series #3)

The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Series #3)

by Cynthia Kuhn


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English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad.

With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague...or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?

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THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION by Cynthia Kuhn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.

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ISBN-13: 9781635114065
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication date: 10/02/2018
Series: Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 656,444
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

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The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
iiiireader More than 1 year ago
As with other books I have read in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series by Cynthia Kuhn, I found that reading this book was a several day read. It isn’t that the book is difficult to read but rather, I think it is because the setting (a private small college) is foreign to me. It took several chapters for me to understand why our sleuth (Lila) was involved in the production of a musical play. Once I understood that, I was able to relax and go with the flow. The play sounds hysterical and I could only wish I could see it in reality. Lila feels that it is doomed to failure and is working hard with the director to save it. A murder occurs and Lila gets involved. The mystery is one that I didn’t solve until it was revealed. There were elements of the story’s end that I did figure out early on. It didn’t make the read less enjoyable but perhaps, in some small ways, a bit predictable. I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series thus far and will be looking forward to more in the future. This novel stands alone and can easily be read as such. I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Edelweiss
CozyMarie More than 1 year ago
This series has been on my radar for awhile now and I was excited to finally get the chance to read it. I enjoyed the style of writing. The author writes in clean and smart way I appreciated. The story was organized and well thought out. I enjoyed Lila as a protagonist and found her to be someone you wanted to root for. To make things even better, I loved that this had a supernatural feel to it, but not in an overt way where it overpowered the rest of the story, but enough to make you wonder if what was really going on was beyond this world. I will be keeping up with Lila’s future adventures for sure!
Librarirun More than 1 year ago
Competing forces and agendas collide over the staging of a play at the Stonedale Opera House, the historic college theater in Stonedale, Colorado. On one side is the college faculty led by the outspoken Jean Claude Lestronge, the visiting professor directing the musical written by another professor. On the other side are members of the Stonedale Historical Society represented by its equally outspoken president, Mrs. Clara Worthingham. The Society fears the fragile facility will be further compromised by going forward with the play and seems willing to stop it by any means. And there is another interested party: developer Chip Turner who has offered to purchase the aging theater from the college, with plans to replace it with a state-of-the-art performance space. With such a backdrop, is it any wonder that Puzzled: The Musical, a post-modern murder mystery featuring iconic sleuths and their authors seems doomed from the start? A series of accidents and mishaps ensue during its production, most troubling of which is the onstage death of the play's director during a rehearsal. Who killed Jean Claude? Professor Lila Maclean, the play's assistant director and Detective Lex Archer are determined to find out. There are plenty of people with motive and opportunity. Is someone with evil intent in their midst, or are otherworldly forces responsible? Some believe the theater is haunted by the ghost of a former professor who died there years before. Instances of flickering lights, unexplained noises, and moved objects during rehearsals lend credence to such a theory. As Lila and Lex concentrate on credible facts, a psychic and a paranormal team pursue the supernatural aspect. Beyond their search for the killer, Lila and Lex also come closer to unravelling a mystery from the past that has significance to several of Stonedale's citizens, and deepen their own relationship as well. In The Spirit in Question, author Cynthia Kuhn has woven an eccentric cast of characters and humorous scenes into an entertaining madcap read. The story's insider look at the larger-than-life egos, creativity, and passions involved in staging a play made this reader feel a part of the production. The book is the third entry in the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Series, but can be read as a stand alone. I find Lila's adventures in academia intriguing, and will now immerse myself in the series' previous novels -- The Semester of Our Discontent, winner of an Agatha Award for Best New Novel in 2016, and The Art of Vanishing, Lefty Award Nominee for Best Humorous Novel in 2017 -- while awaiting the next installment.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Lila has been talked into working on a play that her university is putting on this semester. The play is Puzzled: The Musical written by Tolliver Ingersoll, a fellow professor at Stonedale University, and it's being directed by Jean Claude Lestronge, who is visiting the college for the semester. Putting the play on is proving to be a struggle, but things get more interesting when someone is shot during a planned blackout. That's when Lila starts to hear some stories about the history of this particular theater. Could that have something to do with what is currently happening? Or is there a more modern motive for murder? There is a lot happening in this book, and at times, the plot appears to ramble as a result. The murder definitely takes a back seat to some of the other things going on, but I never found myself getting board since everything was entertaining. And the various bits and pieces do begin to tie together the further we get into the book. Because we get so many new characters, we don't see much of most of the series regulars, but the new characters are all developed enough to make us care about the outcome, and Lila continues to be a strong lead. And the play! I was laughing at the little bits we did learn about it over the course of the book. Heck, the song titles alone are great. It looks like a fun spoof of the mystery genre that I would go see if I could.