The organizers have rustled up plenty of surprises for the literary conference at Tattered Star Ranch. But the murder of an influential scholar wasn't on the program--someone has clearly taken the theme of Malice in the Mountains to heart. This shocking crime is only the beginning: Other dangers and deceptions are soon revealed.
English professor Lila Maclean has a full agenda: She must convince a press to publish her book (possibly), ace her panel presentations (hopefully), and deal with her nemesis (regrettably).
However, when Detective Lex Archer requests Lila's academic expertise, she agrees to consult on the case. While her contributions earn high marks from her partner, it could be too late; the killer is already taking aim at the next subject.
As Lila races to keep her colleagues alive, publish or perish takes on new meaning.
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A Chat with Cynthia Kuhn
LKBR: Thank you for being here today, Cynthia!
to be here—thanks for having me.
tell us a bit about you, and your book/series.
Cynthia: The Lila
Maclean Academic Mysteries feature an English professor-turned-amateur-sleuth.
(I am also an English professor, but she teaches at a small private school and
I teach at a large state school.)
LKBR: Any hints
or spoilers you can give us about your next book?
Cynthia: The Subject of Malice takes
place at a very unusual academic conference...suffice it to say that there are
LKBR: Have you ever written a scene that you loved but had to
remove it for the sake of the story?
times! It’s sad, but editing has to be ruthless. Those scenes are like the
parts of movies that end up on the cutting room floor—part of the process.
LKBR: Have you ever
gotten reader’s block? Just find it hard to get into reading
because you are so into your writing?
Cynthia: What an interesting
question! When I’m deep in the writing zone, it can be hard to do anything else,
that’s true. But I’m a teacher, so there’s always something to be read. The
show must go on...
LKBR: Are there any
magazines/publications that as a writer you subscribe to? Are these or others
something readers could also benefit from?
Cynthia: I read the publications
that come from mystery organizations I belong to: Sisters in Crime, Mystery
Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. I also subscribe to Mystery Scene and Vanity Fair. Recommend them all!
LKBR: Any new projects
in the works?
now, I’m drafting book five in the Lila series.
LKBR: Where can
readers go to learn more about you and your books?
LKBR: Thank you
so much for letting us get to know you better!
Cynthia: It’s been
lovely to chat with you—thanks for letting me visit!
About the Author
Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries: The Semester of Our Discontent, The Art of Vanishing, The Spirit in Question, and The Subject of Malice. Honors include an Agatha Award for best first novel and Lefty Award nominations for best humorous mystery. She blogs with Chicks on the Case and is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers. For more information, please visit cynthiakuhn.net.
Cat Latimer pursues a scone-cold killer who iced a top chef in a local bakery . . . Cat has a full plate at her Aspen Hills Warm Springs Resort, as a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors arrives for a writers retreat. So when baker Dee Dee Meyer stirs up trouble by filing a false complaint with the health inspector against the B&B—all because she insists Cat's best friend Shauna stole her recipes—Cat marches into the shop to confront her.
But Dee Dee's about to have her own batch of trouble. Greyson Finn—a celebrity chef and, until today, one of Denver's most eligible bachelors—has been found dead in her bakery. Cat's uncle Pete, who happens to be the chief of police, warns her not to engage in any half-baked sleuthing. But as her curiosity rises, Cat's determined to discover who served the chef his just desserts—before the killer takes a powder . . .
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Preheat over to 425 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix:
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
4 Tbsp cold butter cut into chunks
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Mix the cold butter into the flour with a pastry knife until the mixture looks like small peas.
3 Tbsp sugar
½ cup dried cranberries
In a small bowl, beat together:
½ cup half and half
1 large egg
Add wet mixture to dry, but don't over mix. Then knead the dough no more than a dozen times. Roll out onto a floured surface and cut the circle into 8 wedges. Place scones on a lightly greased cookie sheet and brush some half and half on the top.
Bake for 10-14 minutes. Serve warm with butter.
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All you need now is a cup of tea!
In SCONDED TO DEATH, author Lynn Cahoon brings back our favorite inn proprietress, Cat Latimer, who this time is hosting a group of aspiring cozy mystery authors to her writer’s retreat. Seriously? Does it get any better for a cozy mystery reader than that?! Perfection! And I have no doubt Ms. Cahoon had to have taken some real life cues on this one.
As with the first four installments of the Cat Latimer Mysteries, SCONED TO DEATH is a superbly written book. Author Cahoon has a true talent for detail, making readers feel like a part of her stories. I know I always do. When I was finished, I felt like I had lived the experience of the story rather than having read it.
I was truly stumped with this mystery. I just couldn’t settle on whodunit, never mind why they dunit. Even as I kept warning Cat (Yes. I talk to the characters.), to stay out of the investigation, I couldn’t wait for her to follow each new lead because I was hoping for answers as much as she was. And then I was floored with the reveal. I just didn’t see it coming.
All I can say is, Ms. Cahoon, keep the Cat Latimer mysteries coming! If they’re half as good as SCONED TO DEATH, they’ll be fabulous!
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