Tuesday, July 30, 2019

The Subject of Malice - An Interview & Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome Cynthia Kuhn back to Cozy Up With Kathy. Cynthia writes the Lila Maclean Academic Mystery series. The Subject of Malice is the fourth book in the series and was released last week.

Kathy: A literary conference is featured in the fourth Lila Maclean Academic Mystery. Have you ever attended any literary conferences?

CK: As a college professor, I’ve had the opportunity (or requirement, depending on how you look at it) to attend quite a few, including academic conferences, writing conferences, and mystery conferences. They’re always fascinating and educational—and I enjoy meeting new people.

Kathy: Lila hopes she'll do well on a panel presentation. Have you ever been part of a panel?

CK: Yes, I love them. The conversations sparked by interactions among the audience members and presenters can be so compelling!

Kathy: Was there a specific inspiration for The Subject of Malice?

CK: It was more a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-figure-it-out type of thing than a lightning bolt situation. From the first sketching-out of the series, I’d planned to send Lila to a conference at some point, but once I’d decided that the fourth novel would be “the conference book,” I had to consider where she was in her journey as a character and develop the issues that made the most sense, accordingly. Since conferences tend to have a great deal of activity happening on multiple levels in a short span of time, there were, happily, opportunities for various relevant conflicts.

Kathy: Are you able to share any future plans for Lila?

CK: She will definitely be involved in more mysteries!

Kathy: Will you share any other upcoming books?

CK: Currently, I’m writing the next Lila book in the series. I can’t say more because some of what happens at the end of The Subject of Malice is actually a catalyst for the fifth book...

The Subject of Malice (A Lila Maclean Academic Mystery) by Cynthia Kuhn 

About the Book

Cozy Mystery 4th in Series  
Henery Press (July 23, 2019)  
Hardcover: 244 pages  Paperback: 244 pages
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.

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.

Author Links:
Webpage: cynthiakuhn.wordpress.com  
Blog: chicksonthecase.com  
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthiakuhnwriter
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/cynthiakuhn  
Twitter: @cynthiakuhn  
Newsletter: https://bit.ly/2MPiEMh  

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  1. thank you for the chance i can't do the ebook(i have a nerve disease called rsd) if i am picked but i am so glad you are taking this tour and sure hope you get a lot of readers! peggy clayton ptclayton2@aol.com

  2. I really enjoy cozies and this looks great. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke@frontier.com

  3. Question. I haven't read any of the first books. Will I be able to pick up with the characters in the 4th?

  4. Thanks so much for the interview, Kathy!

    And thanks for stopping by, everyone!

    Sonja, yes, they all work as standalones, too. :)