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The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery Book 3) Kindle Edition
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"Lila Maclean returns with theatrical hilarity and otherworldly suspense. A fabulous backstage whodunit." -- Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-nominated author of the Davis Way Crime Caper Series
"Delightful heroine Lila and her supporting cast conjure a fun show stopper in The Spirit in Question. Old scandals, new rivalries, a ghostly menace, and a determined killer will keep readers puzzling over whodunit until the final act." -- Vickie Fee, author of the Liv & Di in Dixie Mysteries
"Murder,protests and a haunted theater--Stonedale University English professor Lila Maclean deals with it all with wit and humor in The Spirit In Question, a must-read for cozy mystery fans." -- Sybil Johnson, author of the Aurora Anderson Mysteries
"An A+ academic mystery! This delightful cozy deserves extra credit for its clever protagonist, laugh-out-loud dramatics, and layers of mystery."-- Nora Page, author of the Bookmobile Mysteries
- Publication date : October 2, 2018
- File size : 1979 KB
- Print length : 254 pages
- Publisher : Henery Press (October 2, 2018)
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07FDL54HG
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1635114063
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #629,291 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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?
At the request of Lex Archer, Lila stays (mostly) out of the hunt for the murderer, but there are enough other puzzles to keep her busy. The play is being staged in a deteriorating opera house owned, but not much cared for, by the university and protected by the remarkably officious head of the Stonedale Historical Society. The building not only presents mechanical dangers—what with characters dropping from the rafters and popping up through the trap door, what could go wrong?—but it may be haunted by the ghost of a previous owner, who hanged himself on the stage.
By the time the production opens, no one, least of all Lila, is quite sure who might be a target, or why. Between accidents, a seance, and a missing journal, the opera house is up for grabs—literally. At least Lila has a chance to rekindle her friendship with Detective Lex Archer—if the ghost doesn’t get her first.
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.
Pacing was awesome.
Action was good.setting was fun. I mean, a haunted theater? What could be better!
Dialogue moved quickly, but sometimes I did have trouble deciphering who said what.
Clues and red herring plentiful, and had me changing my mind constantly on who the killer was. Well placed.
The characters were delightful. Ones to love and ones to hate. Although I wish Nate was is this book more.
It’s part of a series, but can definitely read them out of order if you have to.
Read this in 4 days, unusual for me to do it that fast.
Definitely deserving of 5 stars.