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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. MoEnglish 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. Related subjects include: women sleuths, cozy mysteries, amateur sleuth books, murder mysteries, whodunit mysteries (whodunnit), book club recommendations. Books in the Lila Maclean Mystery Series: • THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT (#1) Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all…...

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  • Carrie
    2019-04-07 16:24

    Lila Maclean has just started her job as an English professor at Stonedale University. She's just starting to make some friends with her colleagues and learn her way around but after a confrontation with a colleague she later walks in to find he's been murdered. More attacks on professors follow the first but when Lila's cousin is arrested in the case Lila vows to find out more about what is going on and clear her name. The Semester of Our Discontent is one of those cozy mysteries that has the main character sticking to who they are and doing their investigating with their own skills and knowledge. One thing I never enjoy is when the characters become some sort of super sleuth when they are supposed to be everyday people caught up in a crime, thankfully this book kept Lila in the world she would be comfortable with as a professor and I certainly appreciated that. However, I will say some of the debates and discussions among the group of university professors could be a bit dull here and there. Some parts were interesting but after a few discussions about the male literary authors versus females and what should or could be taught the story got a bit slow paced for my taste. Now, my biggest complaint overall with the book may be considered a slight spoiler but it involves the ending and the killer. The big killer reveal at the end isn't something a reader could really pick out and guess from the story and the overall explanation really was rather weak for a killing spree. It's also really not realistic to have the killer basically giving a haha it's me speech when those involved hadn't a clue. Overall, some good aspects to the story and writing but in the end I wasn't extremely overjoyed either. In the end decided to go with 2.5 stars for The Semester of Our Discontent.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.wordpress....

  • Andrea Stoeckel
    2019-03-24 14:00

    [ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]“Even if much learning makes one person mad it need not make everybody mad.” Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy NightNewly minted Dr. Lila Maclean is in her first semester at Stonedale University. She loves teaching; is passionate about Gothic and Mystery writers, and seems frazzled by the unspoken "publish or perish" rule that the chair of her department seems to use to keep things they way they've always been ( aka: the old boys' network) and the less women in the department the better it is....for HIM.Lila's cousin Calista is a poet, professor and scholar of note that was instrumental in her coming to Stonedale. Her dissertatuon work broke enough new ground that she was welcomed and despite the pressure of the department chair, was settling in...until the chair is murdered with a symbolic knife. Calista is arrested and Lila is frightened and "there's the rub".Written in the style of a Gothic mystery, this book is extremely satisfying. Who else has sent me on a search for obscure book references like Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance? Cynthia Kuhn's breath of knowledge and sense of humor are both evident in Lila's development as a character that I will eagerly anticipate enjoying well into the future.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-07 13:02

    This was the first in a series and the first I have read by this author. Someone is out to get the professors at Stonedale. And personally, I think the first professor was lucky to have lived as long as he did. What a grumpy, opinionated old man. The killer should have got an award for that one. Ha!! Anyways, there are lots of suspects and the cops are curious why Lila is always the one to find the bodies. Whether living or just injured. There is also something creepy going on around campus with gargoyles on the buildings and mysterious statutes just showing up. This was a great little cozy mystery and I look forward to reading more by this author. I would absolutely recommend this book! Thanks to Henery Press for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mark Baker
    2019-04-02 16:24

    Lila Maclean is excited to be teaching her first semester as a professor. She’s not so happy with her department chair, however, especially after he shoots down her idea for a course on mysteries and basically tells her to sit down and observe. Walking into a department meeting a couple of hours later, she finds him stabbed to death on a table. With rumors that she knows more than she is saying, she decides to find the killer herself.This is a fun debut. The college came alive for me, and I really enjoyed the setting. Now that Lila’s co-workers won’t be suspects, I’m looking forward to seeing them grow more as well since I liked most of them. While the book starts out quickly, I did feel the pace lagged a little in the middle before things came together for a logical end.Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  • Wendy
    2019-03-26 15:21

    Just finished this one and loved it! In her first semester teaching at fictional Stonedale College, English professor Lila Maclean steps right in the middle of a mysterious murder. Soon enough, Lila realizes she may hold the clues to solving the mystery and takes you on a journey of connecting the dots and dodging danger at every corner. This whodunit kept me guessing until the very end. I love that in a story!The author's writing style is so engaging. Weaving imagery and theme together seamlessly, she created a story and setting that you can picture in your mind's eye. Her characters are likable and relatable. Lila is a fun, witty, intelligent, and strong lead character and I can't wait to read about her again in the series. Next Lila Maclean book, please!

  • Mary Angela
    2019-04-15 11:23

    This book was so much fun! I enjoyed all the light-hearted academic infighting as well as the protagonist's more serious desire to research an unknown female mystery writer. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series to find out where Lila Maclean's studies take her.

  • Sara
    2019-04-12 18:18

    (Full disclosure-- I personally know this Author. She is a professor at the University I attend, and she happens to be one of my favorites! So yes, I have a somewhat personal bias towards her, but I will do my best to review the novel in a bipartisan way.)This was a delightful, light mystery! In the mystery canon, I am sure it would be placed in the cozy category. It has just the right amount of action and suspense and I found the use of more than a few red herrings, while some were obvious, others were not, very well done. There are many intertextual references to real authors and their works that are highly interesting and entertaining. The author also does a great job of painting a vivid campus setting, one that manages to be both very realistic and just a bit magicial. The novel is well written, the characters are relatable and interesting, and the story is a great mix of mystery and real life. It is an engaging read, in fact, I read the entire novel in one night! Even if I didn't know Dr. Kuhn, I would still highly recommend this novel to all who love a great mystery!

  • Jacqie
    2019-04-01 14:21

    The author of this mystery is an English professor at a small Colorado university, writing about an English professor at a small Colorado university. However, nothing about the experience about working at a university rang true to me- I also work at a university in Colorado, albeit a large state university. The first chapter: our protagonist has been summoned to meet with her department head. A secretary "with short dull brown hair in the exact same shade as her suit" bids her to wait, which she does in a nice office with beautiful views. My main office has windows, it's true, and a second-hand couch from the 80's that our admin found and repurposed since we don't have money to spend on nice furniture. The department head then seems to have forgotten that he set the meeting because he's annoyed to even see this new professor. Mostly the first scene serves to make him as unpleasant as humanly possible. But he's the first body to be found anyway, so no great loss.There's a lot of tension in the English department. Our new professor wants to publish about a female mystery author, but all the established male professors think she should stick to the traditional literary canon (dead white males, pretty much). This makes no sense to me. At the university where I work, there's great concern across the board to be more inclusive and to promote diversity in your teaching. Sticking with the same topics that have been written about time and time again is no way to make your mark on the field- most professors are looking for original topics and new positions, because that's how you make your academic reputation. In fact, quite a bit about this book feels archaic. People are always leaving notes in people's mailboxes to communicate. Has no one ever tried email? Most professors I know rarely check their office mailboxes because they're mostly full of marketing flyers and other random detritus that everyone gets in the mail. You'd never put anything time-sensitive in there without first warning someone that you're doing so! The whole "stick with the male literary canon" thing feels right out of the later 70's or early 80's, when it was actually somewhat daring to write about women. These days? Not even a cause for comment.Other weirdness: the department head lets our heroine know that he didn't even really want to hire her. Later another character tells her that she beat out 400 other applicants. What?! There's no way a department head is going to sign off on a hire he doesn't want, especially with that kind of applicant pool. He doesn't like her research area (which he would have known before hire) and doesn't think she'll be useful to the department, so why on earth would this happen? Nepotism from some other professors is given as one reason, but I just can't see that flying. In an effort to give detail, the author ends up giving information that's contradictory to everything I know about the university hiring process. Either you've got a weak pool of applicants and you've got to hire someone less than ideal, or you've got the best of a very large pool. From the first meeting, the department head is threatening to withhold tenure. This is unheard of for a new professorial hire. Again, why pick someone only to tank their career? Tenured professors only increase the prestige of a department. This book ended up feeling really clunky. I know that the author's own academic area of interest is mystery, but it seems to me that she needed a bit more time to practice her craft. Weird details kept drawing me out of the story. When our heroine goes to a friend's house to talk, the friend offers to heat up some leftovers. Fine. Then we get a ton of detail: a plate of red pepper quiche, broccoli with almonds and ginger sauce, and spinach salad with cranberries and feta. Who offers limp leftover salad to someone? Or is it thrown together freshly? And why include the exact ingredients? Just a plate of food would have been more than enough description- the food isn't the point of the scene. These are the places my mind goes when weird details get thrown in.And finally (I was skimming by this time) we have a secret feminist academic society for female professors. Their opening ceremony for meetings includes stabbing the air with a knife to symbolize cutting the vines of patriarchy, or something. I'm sure you see this sort of violent symbology at all your academic club meetings! You'll not be surprised that a knife just like the ceremonial one was used to kill the department head at the beginning of the book. The murderer's motivation? People weren't nice enough to one of her friends (family? I'm not even sure) and so she wants them to suffer. This friend/family member suffered a loss. People reached out to see if she wanted help and she said that she preferred to be alone. (This is all spelled out in the book.) The murderer thought they should have tried harder!! Weak sauce. Weak.Most of this book seems to be the author's musings on university politics and feminism's struggles, her desire to educate others on things like literary canon and the foibles of getting tenure. There isn't much emphasis on mystery solving. I am a feminist myself, and I have to say that the points of view that her characters hold feel like a blast from the distant past. They are contrary to everything I know about how research and academic publishing work now. If this is how things work at the author's place of employment, I would urge her to contact Human Resources because there's a lot of room for litigation in the sexism and academic undermining going on in this book. Maybe this is a case of me just knowing too much, but so much in this book was jarringly wrong that I could not even enjoy the book as a piece of escapism.I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lola
    2019-04-14 13:28

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThis book missed the mark for me, I think my problem was to have wrong expectations. I expected a cozy mystery similar to those I've read before, but then set at a school and with a teacher as main character. Instead I got a book about academic politics, literature and a mystery that was unsolvable unless you made a lucky guess. I didn't know 90% of the authors the characters talked about, only one author sounded familiar, and I felt like I was missing something due to that. I didn't really was interested in the literary talk, I wanted more about the mystery, but even that was lacking. Then about halfway through it did got a bit better and the mystery played a bigger role, but even then I didn't really got into the book. I am glad I finished the book though. I kept reading because of the mystery even though that was disappointed, but all in all even though it wasn't a book for me, I don't feel sad to have read this book. So it's more towards the upper range of the 2 star. The writing felt very dull to me, I couldn't visualize how anything looked like s there weren't enough descriptions to get me going. So I only had vague shapes and purple-ish buildings, courtesy of the cover.Then there is the mystery, which was pretty intriguing for the most part, it just moved along very slowly, almost like it wasn't quite the focus, but it was. At times it felt like they didn't really come closer to solving the mystery and it took till almost the end of the book till the main character thought she had it figured out things moved forward. And let's not talk about that stupid thing the main character did towards the end. Also once we figure out who is behind this all it didn't make sense, yes it got explained pretty well and I could see the why. But there are no hints pointing towards that, no way to figure it out. And that's what I like about the mysteries, figuring it out and getting closer to the truth. Here the culprit just dropped out of thin air at the end, the only way you could've guessed the culprit right was by a lucky guess.Even while it's told form first person perspective I had a hard time getting a feel for the main character and I didn't even get why she enjoyed teaching so much as all the academical politics and stuff didn't seem like it made for a nice environment. She insisted this was her dream job, but I never felt that way. I wanted to see why she loved this school and teaching so much, get a feel for her job, but there was more about the academic politics than the actual teaching. I kept confusing the side characters and had a hard time keeping them apart as we never learned a lot about anyone to get a feel for them. Some characters I did get a bit of a feel for, at least Judith and Wilma seemed to stand apart from the rest a bit. And then there was Calista, the cousin of the main character. But beside that it just blended together in nice male professor, nice female professor, grumpy female professor and nasty male professor.To summarize: The Semester of Our Discontent wasn't a bad book, but it just wasn't what I expected and it missed the mark for me. I felt like there was too much focus on the academical politics and literary talk in which I wasn't really interested, an I felt like I missed something due to not knowing any of the authors they talked about. The mystery was there, but the main character didn't really take in an active role and didn't really seem to figure anything out until the end. Then there were no hints of clues to found out the actual culprit and only with a lucky guess you could've figured it out. The lack of descriptions made visualizing things difficult and the setting and character stayed very vague in my mind. I had a hard time keeping characters apart or getting a feel for them as we hardly learn anything about them.

  • Craig
    2019-04-04 18:02

    I am not a typical mystery or cozy reader, and I read this book more for the academic angle. For me, therefore, Kuhn's book is, first and foremost, a terrific and funny look at life in a university's English department. I felt like Charles Dickens or Jane Austen had written about a modern English department with all of its infighting, strange and lovably horrible characters, and politics, politics, politics. Kuhn's book is an interesting mystery, don't get me wrong. But I have to say that I loved it more for its insightful and darkly funny depiction of academic life in this particular, if imagined, Colorado university.

  • Theresa Crater
    2019-04-20 12:14

    What fun. Kuhn has a truly wicked sense of humor disguised beneath sweet Lila's new-professor naivete and social anxiety. I've been in higher ed for entirely too long now, so I enjoyed the scenarios and quips quite a bit. As Henry Kissinger said, "Academic politics are so vicious because the stakes are so low" (or something like that). Here Kuhn pushes those stakes over the edge until there's a body on the conference table. Enjoyed her smart, snappy writing style. Looking forward to more from this author.

  • Terri
    2019-04-21 10:25

    Lila is teaching at a private school in Colorado and working on her tenure track. The misogynistic department head is murdered and her cousin is jailed for the crime. She knows she didn't do it but what are the secrets she is hiding?This book was rich in setting and a delightful time in ugly academic politics and secret societies. A very fun read!

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-08 13:10

    Disclosure: I won this book in a Goodreads giveawayA great first entry in what I hope is a continuing series. Would rate this 4 1/2 stars if partial stars were available.Lila MacLean is a newly minted professor of English Lit at Stonedale University. Unfortunately, she stumbles upon a dead body, and everyone seems to feel that she somehow has some involvement, whether direct or indirect. A series of possibly connected events occur, including an attack on a colleague, an arrest, another murder....a curious symbol that seems to recur in the oddest places...and Lila is drawn into the investigation.The author did a great job of introducing characters (not too much detail, just the right amount) and as Lila learns about her colleagues, so do we, in real time. The narrative was great, the interactions between characters seemed real, and the ah ha moment at the end where the protagonist is revealed made a lot of sense. We also get a feel of campus politics, which made absolute sense since the book takes place at a university and perhaps, just perhaps the politics play into the story. All in all, I enjoyed the heck out of this book. Would definitely buy any new entries in the series.

  • Emma Probst
    2019-04-19 16:06

    This is a fantastic mystery! It fuses an excellent plot and intriguing characters while infusing the entire thing with a wonderfully humorous quality that made it a joy to read. My favorite books are usually the ones that make me laugh and think, so I loved that this book contained so many funny gems that made me laugh audibly while reading alongside thought-provoking concepts at the heart of this mystery. The wide variety of lively characters reminded me of what I have read of Agatha Christie and the characters all seemed so real. Most mysteries need to plunge you deeper into the fictive world than you otherwise would have gone, to immerse you in it so that you can understand the characters and the motives for their actions. This was one of the first mysteries I've read where I understood the world I was going into so well, and I loved being plunged into it.

  • Brenda
    2019-04-09 12:25

    Good characters and plot twists have suspects becoming victims.Dr Lila Maclean's new job as Assistant Professor of English should have come with a specialty subtitle "finder of dead bodies".Stonedale University's English Dept. is run by a relic, Dr. Roland Higgins, whose views are archaic especially where women are concerned. When Lila finds him murdered then her cousin is arrested and Lila under suspicion she decides she has to investigate. Secrets begin to pile up and Lila finds herself in more danger than she had ever imagined.Upper Academia at its cozy best.

  • Larissa Reinhart
    2019-04-11 10:01

    Wonderful debut! Smart, taut page-turner.

  • Shelly
    2019-04-06 17:25

    I guess I'm what you might call a "ringer" reader since I work at a university. In that capacity, there were a few things that irked me. First, the faculty were all VERY well dressed. The ones I deal with are wearing the same outfits they've had for the last 30-40 years so it stood out to me as odd (but then again, I work in a history department; maybe people in English are more hip). I resented the portrayal of the department secretary from the moment she first appeared since that is my role. I know all too well the amount of crap that woman would be dealing with on a daily basis. She was portrayed as the stereotypical bad-tempered crone and, knowing as I do the amount of crap she'd be dealing with in her job, that didn't sit well with me. What I did find very realistic was the snobbery among academics (see it daily), the political in-fighting (see it), the idea that academics can be some of the biggest sexist pigs you'll ever meet (oh boy has that been my experience), and the obsession with tenure. The idea that any of these things could lead to murder didn't seem far-fetched. I don't want to give away who did it, but the motivations behind the murders were believable and not unsympathetic though clearly the killer also has some mental-health issues.Our protagonist is a fairly inept amateur sleuth. Since the victims are wholly unsympathetic characters her motivation for investigating is to clear her cousin, and herself, of any involvement in the deaths. She works this in around her teaching and grading, which means there are gaps between stages of her investigation which seem rather lengthy to me - if it were my relative languishing in jail I think I'd move with a greater sense of urgency. By the end, I was several steps ahead of Lila and the reveal of the killer did not come as a surprise though it was a disappointment.

  • ClaraBaker Baldwin
    2019-04-08 16:07

    Ended up pretty good, even though it took a while for the author to grab me.

  • Kristina
    2019-04-18 13:04

    The Semester of our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn is the first book in the new Lila Maclean Mystery series. Lila Maclean is a new assistant professor at Stonedale University in Stonedale, Colorado. Lila just graduated from NYU the previous spring. Lila is going to a faculty meeting with her faculty mentor, Judith Westerly. They enter the conference room to find Roland Higgins dead on the table! He was stabbed with a knife with a pattern on it. Roland Higgins was not well liked (he was pompous, egotistical, rude, and down on women) so the suspect list is long. However, Detective Lexington Archer (Stonedale Police Department) seems to have narrowed it down to Calista James, Lila’s cousin (Lila’s mom raised both girls). The knife (decorative) belonged to Calista. Then Judith Westerly, English professor and Lila’s faculty mentor, is attacked with a book (a very big and heavy book). The book has the same decorative pattern as the knife. The police find the pattern on Calista’s computer and she is arrested. Lila knows Calista did not commit the murder (or attack Judith) and sets out to prove her innocence. Someone, though, does not like her poking around. Lila’s office is trashed and then bookshelves are sent tumbling down upon her in the library. The killer means business. Then Eldon Higgins (Roland’s brother and has the same attitude problems) is murdered (and Calista has a great alibi). Can the killer be apprehended before more people are murdered?The Semester of our Discontent was not as good as I was hoping it would be. The book contained too much about academic life. Professors have to publish or perish which was repeated a few times in the novel. It also discusses the politics of academia which dominated the book. The murder occurred in the first chapter (within the first few pages) of the book which was too early. There was really no lead in to it and then we have the whole novel to get through as the main character tries to find the killer. I thought the killer was extremely obvious. I knew the identity of the killer when the body was discovered. The writer did try to distract the reader and lead them down the wrong path with different theories. The Semester of our Discontent contains many literary references and quotes (from classic literature). I think the book was a little overdone (with the academic life and literary references). The average reader might not enjoy all the references to classic books. I give The Semester of our Discontent 3 out of 5 stars. I think the series has potential. I will be interested to read the next book in the Lila Maclean Mystery series to see if there is improvement.I received a complimentary copy of The Semester of our Discontent from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of the novel.

  • Judy Lesley
    2019-04-13 16:20

    Now this is what I want to read when I look for a somewhat lighter amateur sleuth mystery novel. The main character in this novel is Professor Lila Maclean, an Assistant Professor of English at Stonedale University southwest of Denver, Colorado. That career for the main character means that the reader should expect to read about a character who is intelligent and responsible and thankfully that is exactly what author Cynthia Kuhn produced. The novel takes place over an entire semester so the first murder takes quite a while to be solved, but that portion of the story is shown to happen simply because the guilty party was so well concealed, not because the investigating police department was inept. This story is filled with all the behind the scenes rivalries, jealousies and departmental political maneuverings that take place within many work places, not just among academics. Lila is intelligent (and is legitimately shown to be so), but she is also reasonable, practical, and level headed, not prone to throw herself into improbable situations from which she constantly needs to be rescued. She also knows her limitations and doesn't hesitate to seek help from others and to listen to advice. Heroines lacking in these qualities make me wonder why any author would spend time creating such a person so it is annoying to me and sets the book up for failure with me.As is apparent from the additional information adjoining the title of this novel, this is the first novel in a series planned by the author. With the pleasant surroundings and the addition of many interesting and likeable characters I can certainly see how this group can go on to feature in future stories. Lila has a family member, her cousin Calista, already in place on the faculty of Stonedale and frequent mentions of her famous artist mother tell me they will figure prominently in other novels. The entire English Department of Stonedale is rife with potential subject matter and the author hasn't even introduced other departments yet. There is plenty of material to make this a new series that I am definitely interested in following.I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Henery Press.

  • Maria Beltrami
    2019-03-24 10:07

    In an American university, one of those that were founded only the day before yesterday but that pretend to be thousands of years old houses of knowledge, a young teacher arrives, and suddenly everything happen. An old professor, horrible figure, is found with a knife in the chest, other people, including the newcomer, are found injured in varying degrees, the brother of the professor, associate with the previous both with profession and bloody-mindedness, dies as Vampire die, and everywhere turns up a strange symbol in respect of which no one agrees to provide explanations.Between secret societies, ritual objects, and so on, the riddle is at the end provided by something as simple and as human jealousy.Written in good English, but by a professor of literature I would have expected a better and less predictable management of the plot.Thank Henery Press and Netgalley for giving me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.In una università americana, una di quelle che sono state fondate l'altro ieri ma che si atteggiano a millenarie case del sapere, arriva una giovane professoressa, e improvvisamente comincia a succede di tutto. Un vecchio professore, figura orribile, viene ritrovato con un coltello nel petto, altre persone, tra cui la nuova arrivata, si ritrovano ferite in vario grado, il fratello del professore morto, accomunato al precedente da professione e stronzaggine, fa la fine del vampiro, e ovunque salta fuori uno strano simbolo riguardo al quale nessuno si presta a fornire spiegazioni.Tra società segrete, oggetti rituali e quant'altro, alla fine la soluzione dell'enigma viene data da qualcosa di semplice e umano come la gelosia.Scritto in ottimo inglese, ma da una docente di letteratura mi sarei aspettata una migliore e meno scontata gestione della trama.Ringrazio Henery Press e Netgalley per avermi fornito una copia gratuita in cambio di una recensione onesta.

  • Jenna
    2019-04-22 13:59

    For bibliophiles, book nerds, and die-hard readers, books set in the world of academia are kind of like a double bonus. Like a donut with cream filling and sprinkles; or going for your booked massage only to find that the client before you paid for a double session in an effort to "pay it forward." Even more so with the academic realm is literature. It's a book about people who teach and write books! Queue the bonus round!The Semester of Our Discontent is the first in a new cozy series from Cynthia Kuhn. Professor Lila Maclean is still finding her footing at Stonedale University when she stumbles upon the body of one of her colleagues. While she can't quite say she's sorry to see him dead - the man was combative, acerbic, and chauvinist - she is stunned to find herself suddenly thrown into the middle of a fire storm of investigations and continuing attacks on members of the English department. Lila can't imagine any of her new colleagues being a murderer, but when the suspicion lands squarely on her cousin's shoulders, she will do whatever she can to figure out who is wreaking havoc on campus.I really enjoyed this story. Aside from the fact that it's set in an English department at a university (kid, meet candy store), the characters were intriguing, as was the mystery of the rose and thorn symbols that kept turning up on every corner. I was trying to puzzle it out and was as confused as Lila! And the descriptions of her forays into the creepy dark basement? I'm shivering just thinking about it! The Semester of Our Discontent is a great read; I'm looking forward to more from this series.

  • Nash Norden
    2019-04-02 11:24

    I know I wanted to read this when I read the description. This was the first time I read a mystery book surrounding an English professor in a university and I was intrigued!The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn is undoubtedly a good cozy mystery book. I love the premises and the mystery. I like Lila's approach in her investigation. Her curiosity to find out the real culprit and the strange emblem, and the determination to free her and her cousin as the suspect were great. Although, somehow, she was always the person who would accidentally be at the crime scene. I like how the characters would have a conversation about authors, but sadly, I have never heard of most of the authors mentioned.I thought the author did a good job with the plot and mystery. But I was a bit disappointed with how the culprit was revealed, especially since there was no hint that pointed Lila suspecting the culprit, even just a little bit until the end. I know that sometimes people would commit a crime with motives that I couldn't comprehend, but I have to say that the motive to attempt another murder towards the end of the book was a bit crazy. Overall, I thought that The Semester of Our Discontent was a good read. I did enjoy the book, but I wish the revealing of the whodunit could be better. I received a copy of this book from the Netgalley & Henery Press in exchange for my review.

  • Tien
    2019-04-20 12:16

    A cover crush! The purple is eye-catching but I love all the curlicues found on the title & fence. Lila Maclean is easily likeable as main character and did not come across as nosy. She is however determined to proof her cousin innocent. She is new at this University and therefore, unsure of her steps but she’s courage enough to stand for what’s right. This applies also in her academic profession which involves a fairly complex politicking and a rival who wants her job. In addition to all this, there exists a secret society with a mysterious purpose.The trouble with first books in series is that they can be quite slow with a lot of setting up. I found that I skimmed quite a bit and got a little confused with unfamiliar authors; there is a mix of real and fictional authors. I don’t really want to have to look them all up myself so I just sort of ignore that and kept going. Despite all this, I really enjoyed the resolution at the end and think that this is a fairly promising start of a series.The Semester of Our Discontent is an engaging mystery with hints of romance and lots of references to books to appeal to fans of cozy mysteries.Thanks to Henery Press for copy eARC via NetGalley in exchange of honest review

  • Stephanie Graves
    2019-04-19 10:16

    For all the terrible "academic" fiction (particularly mysteries) out there, this one was quite excellent. It's grounded in something akin to reality when it comes to how English departments function, and I quite liked the protagonist Lila, a first semester professor and freshly-minted PhD just beginning her career at a university (and who is aware of her great luck that she landed a tenure track position, yay reality!). The mystery was maybe not so tremendously mysterious, and perhaps if Lila were a big enough fan of mysteries that she wrote her dissertation on a mystery writer, it would stand to reason she was a little more involved/ interested in the whole mystery playing out around her, but still, I found the depiction of departmental politics interesting enough to stick around for. The Old White Man trope is done well here, the sanctimonious scholars who appoint themselves gatekeepers of the canon and fight tooth and nail to keep most women writers out of it... it was a little parodic, but also uncomfortably true to life, if you can imagine both at the same time. (Those scholars usually are a sort of parody, anyway, though lord help you should you point that out.)The sequel will be out in February, and I preordered it, if that tells you anything.

  • Sharon Mensing
    2019-04-04 14:59

    Lila Maclean is a new professor at a snooty Colorado college, having just completed her PhD, when she happens upon a dead body. In short order, her mentor is attacked, and Lila is among the first upon the scene of another murder. The resulting plot includes a handsome and enigmatic policeman, a number of feisty women professors, a number of misogynistic male professors, a secret society, hidden tunnels below the old buildings, and a potential love interest for Lila. The plotting and characterization are light, and there are some unfair twists with information added in the final denouement that keep the reader from guessing the villain. On the one hand, this is a favorite kind of mystery for me, taking place in an academic setting and focusing on literature. On the other hand, it's one of my least favorite sorts in that it ends with one person explaining the entire plot to everyone else. Hopefully, as Cynthia Kuhn moves on into this series she will get better at incorporating the details of the mystery into the plot rather than just telling us about it at the end. Nonetheless, this was amusing and I enjoyed reading about all the intrigue associated with gaining tenure. Thank you to netgalley for making a copy of this book available for review.

  • Sunsettowers
    2019-03-30 13:11

    I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.Give me a cozy mystery with a literature professor as the protagonist, and I'm in, especially when it's one who is researching mystery authors and teaches a Gothic Literature course, going as the woman in the wallpaper (from The Yellow Wallpaper) to a faculty Halloween party.This was a really fun read, full of unique and differentiated characters, a mystery that began almost right away and didn't let up, and lots of great literary and teaching references.Kuhn captures both the fun and the work of being in the teaching profession, and highlights the sometimes-cutthroat (quite literally in this book) world of academia.Lila Maclean, a very likable and strong protagonist, is a new hire at a college, and is immediately thrust into a mystery when she stumbles on the body of a colleague. The mystery is unpredictable, and well-written, and as the bodies pile up, the stakes get higher.This is a series I definitely want to read more books in.

  • Paul Franco
    2019-03-24 17:14

    A newly minted college professor at an exclusive university clashes with the evil department head, so of course he turns up dead. Is her cousin the poetry teacher guilty? Why won’t she explain about the design that keeps showing up, especially as a tattoo on her body? The story is a little longwinded; when I got to chapter 8 I was surprised to find how much there was left. I did like the main character; witty always does it for me. There’s plenty of fun dialogue, aside moments that have nothing to do with the plot. But here’s another example of my pet peeve, where no clue is given as to who the murderer might be. We read mysteries to see if we can figure out who it was before the detective in the story, but the author needs to play fair and give us a chance, more than “it’s the person you last suspect.” I also have to agree with the protagonist that the secret her cousin and others was keeping was not worth all the crap that happened, especially spending weeks in jail.

  • Betty
    2019-04-09 10:05

    This the first book in this series and a new author for me. I am not sure about the genre but feel it is a novel with mystery as a subplot. Lila Maclean is a newly hired first-year teacher by the prestigious college to instruct in English Literature. She is slowly learning about college politics as Lila attempts to settle into a new life. She is presented when mangled bodies are discovered. The homicide detective begins to suspect that she knows more about the case and might even be accessory to the murders. The murders are connected by a single unusable printed design. It appears that design is a mystery as there is no information about it. .Lila must find the answer before she is overcome by the event.Disclosure: I received a free copy from HENERY PRESS through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

  • Pia
    2019-04-04 15:10

    Lila Maclean is one of my new favorite detectives. She's smart, she works hard, and she just solves a crime when it's needed.Just hired into the English department of a recognized university, Lila stumbles unto a murder, and then into another...Even if it were not hard enough to adapt to a new job, new colleagues, new town, new students, now she has to deal with murder. And with being a suspect and then trying to get her cousin out of jail when she, in turn, is arrested for the murders.And who thought Academia was a quiet place? How those teachers complain, gossip and bad mouth their peers is beyond my understanding... but completely true.This book is extremely well written, very well paced, and the characters are great! Likable, human, real. And for once, it's so nice to read a book without any foul language, sex, violence, etc! Waiting anxiously for Book 2 in series!I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.