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The Semester of Our Discontent (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"The Semester of Our Discontent leads the reader on a journey worthy of any crime mystery and serves up an ending you are unlikely to see coming regardless of how long you have studied the mystery genre...It may take place in the world of certificates and tweed suits, but it is sharp." - Criminal Element
"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. Roll on book two!" - Catriona McPherson, Multi-Award-Winning Author of the Dandy Gilver Series
"A very intricate, cool story featuring the depth of an institution where everyone is dying to climb the ladder of success." - Suspense Magazine
"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!" - Maggie Barbieri, Author of the Murder 101 Series
"Cynthia Kuhn takes readers on a mind-boggling safari into the wilds of academia...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
"I have a real fondness for academic mysteries and this one is first rate." - For the Love of Books
"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
"Binge reading this first novel in a new series will be almost impossible to resist. The wealth of suspects will keep readers cramming just a few more pages in before bedtime." - BOLO Books
"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
About the Author
- File Size : 474 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 246 pages
- Publisher : Henery Press (April 5, 2016)
- Publication Date : April 5, 2016
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01A7BH83S
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #362,332 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's a funny thing to me, as a professional academic, to think that for many people higher education is a kind of exotic, fascinating setting, just perfect for a cozy mystery a certain kind. Those people will probably enjoy "The Semester of Our Discontent" very much, as it gives an insider view on the kind of suffocatingly cozy petty intrigue at which academics excel, while still including a murder plot full of clues and symbols and secret societies that our plucky heroine must decode. For some of us the academic infighting might be a little too close to home to be entertaining, but some of the exchanges are all too realistic, alas. A fun, old-fashioned kind of cozy mystery, where the bodycount is high but the blood is mostly hidden, set against the backdrop of a cute college campus, with digressions on "the canon" and the importance of feminist scholarship in the field of English-language literature. If you like that kind of thing, you will like it; if not, then you won't, but "The Semester of Our Discontent" is likely to appeal to lots of cozy mystery fans who are looking for something with a touch of intellectualism.
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.
I’ve always loved school-based stories, and I enjoyed this one, with its departmental infighting and an interesting layer of feminist scholarship. I’ve already downloaded the next installment, The Art of Vanishing.
An enjoyable read.
Top reviews from other countries
Dr Lila Maclean's new job as Assistant Professor of English should have come with a specialty subtitle "finder of dead bodies".
Stonedale University's English Dept. is run by a relic, Dr. Roland Higgins, whose views are archaic especially where women are concerned. When Lila finds him murdered then her cousin is arrested and Lila under suspicion she decides she has to investigate. Secrets begin to pile up and Lila finds herself in more danger than she had ever imagined.
Upper Academia at its cozy best.