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The Art of Vanishing–cozy mystery with professorial excellence

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The Art of Vanishing

by Cynthia Kuhn

the-art-of-vanishingCynthia Kuhn has done it again! The second book in the Lila McClean Academic Mystery Series is as good as the first.  This cozy mystery emphasizes the pressure placed on assistant professors to publish, receive high administrative approval, and achieve tenure. The main focus of The Art of Vanishing, however, is the mystery itself which evolves into multiple mysteries.  Thematic elements are great. Characters in a cozy should be interesting and developed. An appealing setting is always a plus. A little romance gives extra spice to the story. I will give The Art of Vanishing an “A” in all those categories, but Cynthia Kuhn receives an “A+” for the mystery at the heart of the book. Just when it seems that there will be resolution, the waters are muddied and everything has to be viewed in a new light. At the conclusion, all loose ends are tied up satisfactorily. The reader is not left hanging, but would certainly look forward to another book in the series.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: Part of a series, but works as a standalone

Publication:   February 28, 2017–Henery Press

Memorable Lines: 

“The tenure thing is simple: be professional and do what’s expected of you.” “Sure, if you don’t count the personality conflicts,” I said. “And all of the political subcurrents,” he replied. “Or the jealousies.” “Or the secret alliances.” “Or any number of factors we know nothing about.” “Yeah,” he said, “not counting those.” We looked at each other for a moment and burst out laughing.

The implication of my impending failure filled the room, making it harder to breathe.

My mother had always done outrageous things; that was part of her modus operandi as an artist.  If there was a rule, my mother was going to break it. A line, she’d step over it. It had been very difficult to rebel when I was a teenager because she herself was all about rebellion.


  1. In my effort to control my requests, I didn’t download this one. Now I am wondering if I made a mistake.

    Liked by 1 person

    • lghiggins says:

      I really liked it. I understand limiting yourself; I have problems with that too. If you read and liked the first one, I would definitely recommend reading this one too if it is still available.


  2. bernard25 says:


    Viens je t’emmène dans un monde de rêves

    Viens avec moi au pays de l’amitié

    Ou seul ce petit monde est loi

    Un monde de paix

    Il se cache au fond de ton cœur

    Dans un monde de merveilles

    Qui brille la nuit à l’orée du ciel

    Tu y trouveras des perles rares

    Celle ou nous avons été ami ou amie pour la première fois

    Quelle belle histoire entre nous

    C’est ainsi que le verbe aimer existe

    Je t’écris ces quelques mots avec tendresse

    Je te les offre du fond du cœur

    Je te souhaite soit une belle soirée soit une belle journée

    Bisous Bernard

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sudershana says:

    Such a great review. Adding this to my reading list.
    Enjoyed reading hope you will too enjoy reading my post.
    Will glad to have your feedback too

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Cynthia Kuhn says:

    Thank you for reading and reviewing–so happy that you enjoyed it!


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