English professor Lila Maclean knew drama would be involved when she agreed to consult on Stonedale University’s production of Puzzled: The Musical.
But she didn’t expect to find herself cast into such chaos: the incomprehensible play is a disaster, the crumbling theater appears to be haunted, and, before long, murder takes center stage.
The show must go on—yet as they speed toward opening night, it becomes clear that other members of the company may be targeted as well. Lila searches for answers while contending with a tenacious historical society, an eccentric playwright, an unsettling psychic, an enigmatic apparition, and a paranormal search squad.
With all of this in play, will she be able to identify who killed her colleague…or will it soon be curtains for Lila too?
When someone is shot on the set of the play that Lila is consulting for, she finds herself drawn into an investigation. The theater has some troubled history and Lila has to look to the past as well as the present to find a killer.
This was a fun cozy with a little something for everyone. A bit of mystery, a bit of the paranormal, a little humor, and even some romance thrown in for good measure. The characters were people you’d like to spend time with in real life and I thoroughly enjoyed the story.
The Spirit in Question is book # 3 in the Academic Mystery series.
About the Author
Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series: The Semester of Our Discontent, an Agatha Award recipient for Best First Novel; The Art of Vanishing, a Lefty Award nominee for Best Humorous Mystery; and The Spirit in Question. She teaches in Denver, serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado, and blogs with Chicks on the Case. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.
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