The beauty of orbiting various communities of writers is that I get to meet so many great writers and read books I might never have stumbled on otherwise.
Plus, I love sharing new writers and books with you!
If you like cozy mysteries, you will love Cynthia Kuhn‘s The Semester of Our Discontent. It’s set in the world of academia and is full of little tidbits about that world. One of the cool things I like about books — cozy mysteries especially — is getting immersed in a world I know nothing about.
I know, I know. It is surprising I’m not an academic. I exude such deep, scholarly … you know … juice ‘n stuff.
Here’s the blurb….
The Semester of Our Discontent (Henery Press, 2016)
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.
I’m so proud to know Cynthia. Not only does she write these Lila Maclean academic mysteries, but she’s one of those rare creatures who makes the world a happier place simply because she’s in it. You want to be a better person because she’s so fantastic. I met her when a few of us decided to start up the Colorado chapter of Sisters in Crime. She’s our President and Fearless Leader. (Don’t tell her, but I kinda can’t say no to her. I went to the first meeting having vowed right out loud that I wasn’t volunteering for anything. I left as one of the programming coordinators.)
This is Cynthia’s debut novel, but her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Muddy River Poetry Review, Mama PhD and other publications. She has also produced studies on contemporary gothic and dress/fashion in literature. Originally from upstate New York, Cynthia currently teaches English at MSU Denver and really IS a scholar!
Get your hands on a copy of The Semester of Our Discontent and enjoy meeting Lila Maclean and her cohorts. (When you’re done, don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads … and tell your friends!)