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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?

Interview with the Author

What initially got you interested in writing?

My parents reading books to me when I was young, followed by visits to the library, which seemed like such a magical place.


What genres do you write in?

I write fiction, poetry, essays, and literary criticism.


What drew you to writing these specific genres?

Literary criticism and essays arose as part of my job as an English professor. The fiction and poetry—I started writing them as a kid and never stopped. However, I didn’t write mystery until about 7 years ago, when I decided to go after my dream of writing a novel.


How did you break into the field?

After I finished my first novel, Semester of Our Discontent, I submitted it to the William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant and to Henery Press. Both of those things kicked off the rest of the adventure!


What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?

First and foremost, I hope they enjoy reading the books. That’s the most important thing! Then, if they are left thinking about some of the issues raised by the books, that’s wonderful. (The books are traditional mysteries, and light in tone, but they do touch on serious topics as well.)


What do you find most rewarding about writing?

The creative process addresses a need I have to try and articulate something about the world. And the shaping of that in words is deeply engaging. Later, when the writing is out in the world, it’s wonderful to talk with readers.


What do you find most challenging about writing?

Making the page reflect what I see in my mind.


What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?

Read as much as you can, join professional organizations dedicated to your genre, and don’t give up!


What type of books do you enjoy reading?

Traditional, humorous, and academic mysteries are at the top of the list, but I read all kinds of things. As long as the voice is compelling, I’m in.


Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?

I’m a mom of two. Keep trying to get my sons to read mysteries, but it’s hard to compete with Fortnite and soccer!


What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?


Website: cynthiakuhn.net

Blog: chicksonthecase.com

Twitter: @cynthiakuhn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Kuhn

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/cynthiakuhn

Book Bub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/cynthia-kuhn

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 cynthiakuhn.net.

Author Links

Webpage: cynthiakuhn.wordpress.com

Blog: mysteristas.wordpress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiakuhn

Twitter: @cynthiakuhn

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2 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR – The Spirit in Question

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the book tour for “The Spirit in Question” by Cynthia Kuhn. Enjoyed reading the interview with Cynthia. Always love learning more about the person behind the books that I want to read. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read the book.

  2. Cynthia Kuhn

    Thank you very much for the interview, Shannon! 🙂

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