Review & Giveaway: THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT by Cynthia Kuhn


Today, as part of a Blog Tour organized by Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours,  it is my pleasure to tell you about a new cozy mystery – The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn.


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.

My Review

This mystery features  a young, level-headed professor, faced with  meeting the many demands the college places on tenure-tracked staff while navigating inter-office politics and rivalries.  If that weren’t enough, Lila seems to always find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time – first on the scene when attacks take place.  Lila is smart and level-headed, and is determined to figure out who is behind the strange goings-on.  Her fellow academics ranged from stodgy to flighty, adding color to the story.   The book had its share of plot twists and surprises. It was well-written and even paced,  although the ending felt a tad  rushed. All in all, it was a good read and I expect that cozy mystery fans will enjoy this book.

FTC Disclosure:   I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of this blog tour.  This has not affected the content of my review in any way.


Click here to enter a Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a  print or e-book copy of The Semester of Our Discontent or a $25 Amazon Gift card.

About the Author

CynthiKuhnCynthia 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.

Author Links

 Purchase Links

3 thoughts on “Review & Giveaway: THE SEMESTER OF OUR DISCONTENT by Cynthia Kuhn

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s