The Art of Vanishing
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.
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Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean academic mystery series. Her work has appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD and other publications. She teaches literature, writing, and film at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado. For more information, please visit CynthiaKuhn.net.
Book Review by Bree Herron
I love this series for it’s academic life setting. I feel like I am in the company of witty professors working away and solving crime. Cynthia didn’t disappoint with this fabulous second book.
Lila is back and this time she is working hard towards tenure, and trying to stay alive after her last mystery. Now, don’t fret you haven’t missed more than one book in this series and they are such fun reads, I would say you could do both in two days, easily. I really liked this mystery, it was refreshing to have crimes happening with no dead bodies. Cynthia writes her mysteries so well that you never know for sure what is coming and her endings always shock. And as I have read both books now, I have to say that each book can stand alone and read perfectly in series, so no worries if this is the first you are hearing of Cynthia.
My favorite parts of this book surprisingly was having Lila’s mom come into the story and the ending. Lila’s mom was great, such a society kind of gal. I felt my love for New York City shining through this character, and I was just the reader. But she was a fun character to add to this mix, she gave it a unique insight. The last five chapters were so well written, that I didn’t really know I was finishing the book. I was sad to finish this book, though as well, but for endings it wasn’t rushed nor was it sloppy. The emotions that were given to the characters during the ending were really great, and I felt them as well, while reading. That is something that makes Cynthia a stand out author to me, her books are smooth like a really good cup of tea, not bitter, not sweet, just right.
Lila solved this mystery with such a mature flare that I think this book could work for young millennials or even more mature readers. Now, it is your turn to go and enjoy the work of this author. Trust me you will find yourself feeling like a scholar reading this mystery!
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