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The Semester of Our Discontent (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The realistic depiction of academic life is a reminder that publish or perish is more than an idiom. Also, it is true that many still underrate or deny the literary contributions of female and minority authors. Lila is a new adjunct in American Literature at Stonedale University. As a new professor, her position is tenuous, but she isn't a shrinking violet. She stands up for what she believes in despite it leading to her being considered a suspect. I was fascinated by the idea that her area of concentration is a little known author of mysteries. When the police concentrate on her cousin, Lila starts her own investigation.
Lila is an engaging heroine who is smart, but willing to admit when she needs help. Unlike some of the other professors, she does not have an agenda other than finding the truth. Like many universities, Cynthia Kuhn's Stonedale is filled with a variety of personalities, some kind and caring, others derisive and irascible. Reading The Semester of our Discontent brought back many memories from my own days at university.
The Semester of Our Discontent is an enthralling cozy featuring a delightful and intelligent heroine. If you enjoy cozy mysteries and have a desire to walk the old school grounds, The Semester of Our Discontent is a wonderful choice. I can't wait to see what Cynthia Kuhn has in store for Lila next.
I received a copy of The Semester of Our Discontent from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
An enjoyable read.
I loved the portrayal of strong women and especially the asides from Lila. Appropriate humor gave me pleasure. Lila had all my fears of creepy places, yet she overcomes her fears, I just buy houses without basements.
Lila is strong and admirable in going to a new place to start her career. She fit in quickly with her ability to 'read' new people during their first meeting. It's a gift for an author to be able to weave many strands of information and situations without giving away too much of the final outcome.
It was informative and interesting to know how office politics work in higher education. The tenure process certainly creates a stressful situation for many years. Then there are the expectations that a new teacher knows the establishment way of "That's the way we do it here at Stonedale!" At the same time the dedication which is demonstrated by the staff to the curriculum and the students transcends the office politics. New enthusiastic staff members and older established professors present the challenge of mutual compromise and change for both parties.
The chapter endings kept me from putting the book marker in and encouraged me to peek at the next. The WOW factor was there and the journey has made me put this author on my 'want to read' list. I'll be looking for more of Lila.