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The Spirit in Question

(Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #3)

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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 spe
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Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 2nd 2018
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Mark Baker
Oct 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, mystery
Lila has been talked into working on a play that her university is putting on this semester. The play is Puzzled: The Musical written by Tolliver Ingersoll, a fellow professor at Stonedale University, and it's being directed by Jean Claude Lestronge, who is visiting the college for the semester. Putting the play on is proving to be a struggle, but things get more interesting when someone is shot during a planned blackout. That's when Lila starts to hear some stories about the history of this par ...more
Nathalie S
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Elisabeth P.
The Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries are one of my favorite new series! They keep getting better and better. This is one is particularly engaging with Lila involved as assistant director to a play which may or may not bomb in an old theater on campus which is being picketed. Ghosts, ghost hunters, mysterious play rehearsal accidents, star crossed lovers, a baby abandoned on a doorstep, secret rooms, seances, lost jewels and definitely murder are all involved. To top is off, it's Halloween time! S ...more
Catherine
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Competing forces and agendas collide over the staging of a play at the Stonedale Opera House, the historic college theater in Stonedale, Colorado. On one side is the college faculty led by the outspoken Jean Claude Lestronge, the visiting professor directing the musical written by another professor. On the other side are members of the Stonedale Historical Society represented by its equally outspoken president, Mrs. Clara Worthingham. The Society fears the fragile facility will be further compro ...more
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Review: THE SPIRIT IN QUESTION by Cynthia Kuhn

I LOVED this cozy mystery! It's so well-written, the mysteries are multiple (present and past), there's a paranormal element, strong human emotions, gentle romance. The identity of the "Bad Guy" is well concealed, and when we do discover who is at fault--the revelation is just extraordinary, and the person's character is very scary! I found it so easy to relate to the characters, especially series protagonist Lila MacLean. This is a must-read, delect
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Keenan Powell
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy
I love Lila's voice, her wit, her grace, and uncanny ability to be in the right (or wrong?) place at the wrong (or right?) time. Reading her reminds me of that old bath salt commercial (Calgon, take me away) as I am gently transported to her story.
wonderwomand
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well writen as usual. Lila MacLean is a wonderful and likable character.

Fans of the Kate Fansler mysteries by Amanda Cross will enjoy the Lila Maclean series.
Ritter Ames
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Perfect atmosphere for an October read and a terrific mystery for year round. I couldn't wait to see how Lila Maclean handled this new challenge. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!
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Cynthia Kuhn writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. She teaches in Denver and serves as president of Sisters in Crime-Colorado.

Other books in the series

Lila Maclean Academic Mystery (3 books)
  • The Semester of Our Discontent (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #1)
  • The Art of Vanishing (Lila Maclean Academic Mystery #2)