Title: The Art of Vanishing
Series: A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery
Author: Cynthia Kuhn
Publisher: Henery Press
Release Date: Feb 28th, 2017
Genre: Cozy Mystery
When Professor Lila Maclean is sent to interview celebrated author and notorious cad Damon Von Tussel, he disappears before her very eyes. The English department is thrown into chaos by the news, as Damon is supposed to headline Stonedale University’s upcoming Arts Week.
The chancellor makes it clear that he expects Lila to locate the writer and set events back on track immediately. But someone appears to have a different plan: strange warnings are received, valuable items go missing, and a series of dangerous incidents threaten the lives of Stonedale’s guests. After her beloved mother, who happens to be Damon’s ex, rushes onto campus and into harm’s way, Lila has even more reason to bring the culprit to light before anything—or anyone—else vanishes.
Say Hello to author Cynthia Kuhn!
Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series, which includes The Semester of OurDiscontent (an Agatha award nominee) and The Art of Vanishing. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She teaches English in Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please visitcynthiakuhn.net.
What kind of writer are you when beginning a new story – panster, planner or something entirely different?
Somewhat of a hybrid. I begin with a numbered outline—one action or idea for each chapter that serves as a backbone for events, but as I write, the story goes wherever it needs to. (I do enjoy the surprises as they unfold.)
What are you reading right now?
The Widow’s House by Carol Goodman. She’s an amazing writer; I’ve loved all of her books so far.
What’s your favorite reading/writing snack?
Skinny vanilla latte. Though I wish Starbucks would bring back the sugar-free caramel—still miss it tremendously.
What is your favorite season?
Glorious, wonderful fall. Adore the brisk weather and gorgeous turning of the leaves.
Which book do you wish was a movie or TV show?
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which is very smart and very dark. Or more of Sophie Kinsella’s delightful and uplifting books. (I’ve always wanted to see Margaret Atwood’s incredible book Alias Grace onscreen, and they’re making it now—so excited!)
Coffee, Wine or something else?
Coffee and water daily; red wine (cabernet, please) on special occasions.
Where are you most inspired?
I grew up on the edge of Lake Ontario, and every time I walked on the beach next to the crashing waves, I felt inspired. I’m out west in a landlocked state now, though, so inspiration happens more randomly. (But I’m always grateful when it does happen!)
What are you working on now?
Book three in the series, in which Lila once again bumps into a campus mystery and must don her sleuthing cap!
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Thank you, Cynthia, for allowing me to feature you and your fabulous new release, The Art of Vanishing on For the Love of Chick Lit. I really need to start this series, it sounds great!