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Saturday, December 11, 2021

Blog Tour, Character Interview, Review, & Giveaway for How to Book a Murder by Cynthia Kuhn

Character Interview – Emma Starrs of How to Book a Murder

1)     Tell us a little bit about yourself--both something we learn from [the story] and something that readers might not guess? 

Thank you for having me! My name is Emma Starrs, and while my current work in How to Book a Murder involves selling books and planning literary events, I’m also writing a novel. Readers might not guess how anxious I am to have that published someday.

2)     How did you first meet your writer?

Nora Haven, the famous mystery writer, is my aunt, so she introduced herself when I was born (that counts, right?).

3)     Want to dish about him/her?

She’s an author, professor, and bookseller; I would love to follow in her footsteps.

4)     Why do you think that your life has ended up being in a book?

Probably because I found myself in the role of amateur sleuth after the murder mystery dinner party I planned ended with a real murder.

5)     Who's your favorite character? Why? 

It’s a tie between Lucy Starrs, my sister, and Nora Haven, our aunt. We have so much fun together, whether we’re selling books or solving mysteries.

6)     Who's your least favorite character? Why? 

Tabitha Louise Saxton Lyme Harmon Gladstone Baxter, who has been my nemesis since school. Talk about a Mean Girl…

7)     What's next for you? 

In the second book, I’ll be helping out with the Silvercrest Library Gala, which turns out to be a more dangerous endeavor than one might expect!

About How to Book a Murder

  Cozy Mystery 1st in Series 
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crooked Lane Books (December 7, 2021)  
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages 
 ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1643858599 
 ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1643858593  
Digital ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08QVJFZZK

Perfect for fans of Jenn McKinlay and Kate Carlisle, in award-winning author Cynthia Kuhn’s series debut, small-town bookseller and literary event planner Emma Starrs is out to close the book on a killer intent on crashing the party.

To help save her family’s floundering Colorado bookstore, Starlit Bookshop, newly minted Ph.D. Emma Starrs agrees to plan a mystery-themed dinner party for her wealthy, well-connected high school classmate Tabitha Baxter. It’s a delightful evening of cocktails and conjecture until Tabitha’s husband, Tip—hosting the affair in the guise of Edgar Allan Poe’s detective C. Auguste Dupin—winds up murdered.

In a heartbeat, Emma and her aunt Nora, a famous mystery writer, become suspects. Emma is sure the party’s over for Starlit events, until celebrated author Calliope Nightfall, whose gothic sensibilities are intrigued by the circumstances, implores the bookseller to create a Poe-themed launch event for her latest tome. Throwing a bash to die for while searching for additional clues is already enough to drive Emma stark raven mad, but another shocking crime soon reveals that Silvercrest has not yet reached the final chapter of the puzzling case. 

Someone in this charming artistic community has murder on the mind, and if Emma cannot outwit the killer, she and her beloved aunt will land behind bars, to walk free nevermore.

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.
This is a great start to a new cozy series. We meet Emma who instead of taking a fancy academic job after earning her PhD she goes back home to help her sister run the family bookstore after the death of their parent. I love a good bookshop so this is perfect even if they do have to revive the business a little. They are hired for an event at the last minute by an old school bully and when a murder happens things take a bad turn making it necessary for her to look into to things to save the shop. Set in an adorable small town we get a wide variety of characters to keep your interest while also falling in love with Emma and her bookshop. Sure to delight cozy fans. I really liked it so I give it 4/5 stars.

About Cynthia Kuhn

Cynthia Kuhn is an English professor and author of the Starlit Bookshop Mysteries and the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries. Her work has also appeared in Mystery Most Edible, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Copper Nickel, Prick of the Spindle, Mama PhD, and other publications. Honors include an Agatha Award, a William F. Deeck-Malice Domestic Grant, and Lefty Award nominations. Originally from upstate New York, she lives in Colorado with her family. For more information, please visit

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Twitter: @cynthiakuhn  
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for reading, reviewing, and hosting Emma!