Posted in 4 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, Review on March 21, 2016

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The Semester of our Discontent

The Semester of Our Discontent
Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: Henery Press (April 5, 2016)
Paperback: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1635110098
E-Book ASIN: B01A7BH83S


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.


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An interesting twist on murder in academia.

Lila is a new professor to a very cliquish university.  The professors that have tenure make it hard on those that don’t and heaven forbid if you don’t do what they want done or study what they believe in or write on what they consider proper topics!

There are several mysteries going on but the main one is who killed the professors?  The answer is quite surprising and the character that is the murderer surprised me because it was not a main character…but then it probably shouldn’t be otherwise if you kill off or use main characters as the murderer then you don’t have a core group left!  Anyway, just a little rambling from me there.

I did like how several of the professors banded together to try and solve the mystery and managed to not get themselves into too much trouble!

We give this 4 paws up and think it could become an interesting series.


About the Author

cynthia kuhnCynthia 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 or @cynthiakuhn.

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