by Cynthia Chow
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Although Colorado’s Stonedale University loftily considers itself to be an exclusive provider of a liberal arts higher education, it’s also a fall-back for those who came close but never quite made it into Ivy League institutions. This is where thirty year-old Lila Maclean finds herself as a newly hired professor of American Literature. Until she reaches tenure in six years, Lila will be forced to teach classes, advise students, head committees, and still manage to publish in distinguished journals or presses. All while also keeping her head down and not offending the department chairs and other senior professors.
Lila is off to a rocky start, when after having a heated disagreement over her intention of teaching mysteries and more popular works, she discovers her department chair Roland Higgins stabbed to death in his office.
Being the newest professor in the department, her colleagues are more than willing to cast suspicions on Lila as a possible murderer. Detective Lexington Archer seems to have a difficult time understanding just how fraught with discontent the academia may be, but he certainly recognizes Lila’s unfortunate repeat appearances at crime scenes. Bludgeoning by books, missing knives, and even a stake through the heart all seem to lend an unorthodox twist to these very mundane felonies.
I adore academic mysteries. I can intellectually understand what instigates turf wars between rival drug-running gangs, but I ‘relate’ to the egocentric, publish-or-perish mentalities of the academia. Author Cynthia Kuhn is phenomenal at conveying the tension-filled atmosphere that inundates higher institutions, where one’s fate rests entirely on a few out-of-touch, pompous faculty members.
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