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.
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.
About the Author
Cynthia 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 cynthiakuhn.net or @cynthiakuhn.
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