Wednesday, October 17, 2018



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?

 Book Details:

Title: The Spirit in Question 

Author: Cynthia Kuhn
Genre: Cozy mystery, amateur sleuth, humorous mystery,
Series: Lila Maclean Academic Mystery, book 3
Publisher: Henery Press (October 2, 2018)
Print length: 252 pages
On tour with: Great Escapes Book Tours


Things you love about where you live: Blue skies, sunshine, wonderful people.
Things that make you want to move: Lack of shoreline, high altitude, crazy lightning.

Favorite foods: Salad, popcorn, red licorice.
Things that make you want to throw up: Mushrooms.

Favorite beverage: Skinny caramel latte. 

Something that gives you a pickle face: Whiskey.

Favorite smell: Vanilla .

Something that makes you hold your nose: Locker rooms

Something you wish you could do: Be a librarian.
Something you wish you’d never learned to do: Trigonometry.

Best thing you’ve ever done: Marry my high school sweetheart and have children>

Biggest mistake: Wait so long to have children.

Things you’d walk a mile for: People I like, books.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: Bullies, yelling at sports.

Things to say to an author: “I enjoyed your book” or “I just wrote a review.”

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: “You did it wrong.”

Favorite places you’ve been: Jamaica, Toronto, San Francisco, Disney, any beach
Places you never want to go to again: Junior high school.

Favorite books (or genre): Academic mysteries, traditional mysteries, humorous mysteries.

Books you would ban: I would never ban a book.

Things that make you happy: Family and friends, great conversation, humor/laughter.

Things that drive you crazy: Rudeness, condescension, unnecessarily long meetings.

Things you always put in your books: Bookmarks and love. 

Things you never put in your books: Cheese slices.


The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1)
The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2)


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. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She teaches in Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Connect with Cynthia:
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