Wednesday, October 10, 2018


The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery) by Cynthia Kuhn

About the Book

The Spirit in Question (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

3rd in Series

Henery Press (October 2, 2018)

Trade Paperback | 252 pages

ISBN 9781635114065, 1635114063

Digital ASIN: B07FDL54HG

English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.

But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.

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?

About the Author


Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She teaches in Denver, serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and blogs with Chicks on the Case. For more information, please visit

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Where are you from?
East coast, originally. Now I live in Colorado.
What do you do for a living?
I’m an assistant professor of English at Stonedale University.
What is your favorite thing to teach?
Gothic literature and Mystery
What is it about that subject that intrigues you?
The elements of suspense and surprise, the way they both push boundaries and explore things that we might not really focus on or talk about in our day-to-day lives. Also, shivery goodness.
Who is your favorite colleague?
My cousin Calista James is an amazing poet, teacher, and friend. She makes me laugh all the time, and she lets me cat-sit.
Who is your least favorite colleague?
They’re all great.
(Not really.)
(If you read the books, I bet you can guess who and why.)
(And shhh...there’s probably more than one.)
What do you like most about Stonedale University?
The students, my colleagues (the friendly ones anyway), and the gorgeous campus nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
What are you working on right now?
I’m consulting on a play called Puzzled: The Musical.
How’s it going so far?
Wonderful except that we seem to have a ghost...

The Spirit in Question (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #3)The Spirit in Question by Cynthia Kuhn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review: THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION by Cynthia Kuhn

I LOVED this cozy mystery! It's so well-written, the mysteries are multiple (present and past), there's a paranormal element, strong human emotions, gentle romance. The identity of the "Bad Guy" is well concealed, and when we do discover who is at fault--the revelation is just extraordinary, and the person's character is very scary! I found it so easy to relate to the characters, especially series protagonist Lila MacLean. This is a must-read, delectable series!

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  1. Thank you so much for reading and reviewing SPIRIT--thrilled that you enjoyed it.

  2. Thank you very much for reading and reviewing! So happy that you enjoyed it. :)