Book Launch for Cynthia Kuhn's The Semester of Our Discontent

On Tuesday, April 5th, BookBar wil be hosting author Cynthia Kuhn for the launch of her new book The Semester of Our Discontent, first in the Lila Maclean Mystery series.

About the book

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.

About Cynthia Kuhn

Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Cellar Door, The Edge, and other publications. She also contributed to the collections Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life and Reflective Activities: Helping Students Connect with Texts.  Scholarly books include Self-Fashioning in Margaret Atwood’s Fiction: Dress, Culture and Identity; Styling Texts: Dress and Fashion in Literature (co-edited with Cindy Carlson); and Reading Chuck Palahniuk: American Monsters and Literary Mayhem (co-edited with Lance Rubin).  The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean #1) received a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant in 2015.  Originally from upstate New York, Cynthia currently teaches literature and writing at MSU Denver. In addition, she serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado and blogs with Mysteristas.

Praise for the book

“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 Lefty-nominated Swift Investigations series

“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

“Murder is on the syllabus in The Semester of Our Discontent and college professor Lila Maclean gets an A+ for her detecting skills in this twisty mystery set at a Colorado university.  With suspects and motives galore, solving the murder of department chair Roland Higgins won't be easy, but Lila's got brains and guts to spare.  A great book...I can't wait to see what author Cynthia Kuhn does next!” -- Maggie Barbieri, author of the Murder 101 series and the Maeve Conlon mysteries

“Cynthia Kuhn takes readers on a mind-boggling safari into the wilds of academia where we encounter thundering pedants, rampaging sexists, slavering narcissists, run-amok egotists--and come to relish the few oases of sanity and kindness.  Only an insider like Kuhn can reveal the savagery behind the mask of scholarship and collegiality with such acuity and grace.” -- Lev Raphael, author of Assault with a Deadly Lie

“The Semester of Our Discontent takes the reader into higher education's secrets and shadows, where the real lesson is for the new professor—how to stay alive. If you're smart, you'll read this book.” -- Lori Rader-Day, Anthony Award-winning author of The Black Hour

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
The Semester of Our Discontent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635110098
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Henery Press - April 5th, 2016