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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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THE SUBJECT OF MALICE by Cynthia Kuhn | A Henery Press Mystery. If you like one, you’ll probably like them all.


“Absolutely addictive.” — Kathleen Valenti, Lefty and Agatha nominated author of the Maggie O’Malley Mysteries

“Smart, action-packed, and immensely satisfying, The Subject of Malice had me from page one. I love this series, and it just keeps getting better.” – Wendy Tyson, Author of Ripe for Vengeance

“You know how sometimes you finish a book and just sit there for a minute to relish it? That’s what I did with The Subject of Malice. A pure delight from page one. Cynthia Kuhn’s Lila Maclean mysteries will cure what ails you. Funny and fantastic.” — Becky Clark, Author of the Mystery Writer’s Mysteries

“Cynthia Kuhn’s The Subject of Malice is a twisty mystery with a gentle, gracious humor and a touch of whimsy. Reading it is like spending the afternoon with a best friend. You laugh. You smile. And you want to see her again very soon. I can’t wait for the next Lila Maclean mystery.” — Keenan Powell, Agatha-nominated Author of the Maeve Malloy mystery series

“Papers, and panels, and murder, oh my! Everyone’s favorite professor, Lila Maclean (secret powers include reading and finding bodies), is back and she’s on the case (officially)! Lila’s latest adventure is full of high drama and high crimes. Such FUN!” — Julie Mulhern, USA Today Bestselling Author of the Country Club Murders

“An intelligent, witty mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end.” — Libby Klein, Author of the Poppy McAllister Mysteries

Author Bio:

Cynthia Kuhn is an English professor and author of the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries: The Semester of Our Discontent, The Art of Vanishing, The Spirit in Question, and The Subject of Malice. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Literary Mama, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. Honors include an Agatha Award (Best First Novel), William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant, and Lefty Award nominations (Best Humorous Mystery). Originally from upstate New York, she lives in Colorado with her family. For more information, please visit

Product Details
ISBN-13: 9781635115123
Publisher: Henery Press
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2019