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 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 THE AUTHOR:
Cynthia Kuhn teaches and writes in Colorado. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD and other publications. She is the current president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado and blogs with Mysteristas. Visit her at cynthiakuhn.net or @cynthiakuhn.
Review of The Semester of Our Discontent
Review: (3.75 Stars): The Semester of Our Discontent was an enjoyable well-written mystery with entertaining characters that will delight readers. Lila Maclean was excited about her first semester as an English Professor for Stonedale University until she finds the dead body of an unpopular colleague. Now, she must help find the killer before her first semester ultimately becomes her last.
This was a very interesting mystery for me because I love college campuses. Lila was a great engaging heroine and I loved learning more about the inner workings of a college English department. There were so many possible suspects for this murder and Lila had her hands full trying to figure out why someone would murder her colleague and terrorize other professors on campus. I could see each of these characters on previous college campuses that I’ve visited before so it made this mystery more enjoyable for me.
The Semester of Our Discontent is the first in a new series and I’m looking forward to spending more time with Lila in the future. I liked the time that I spent with Lila and the other professors of Stonedale University and I can’t wait to read book number two.
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