SET MOSTLY IN an approximation of Silver City’s Bear Mountain Lodge, Lynn C. Miller’s The Unmasking: A Novel (UNM Press) mixes a murder mystery with literary analyses of Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Mabel Dodge Luhan. There’s even an old-school comedy of manners as the primary players move among the rooms of the Oso Grande Lodge in search of both a killer and ways to burnish their higher-ed reputations. Miller deftly skewers the follies of academic life while tending a cauldron of tension that eventually reveals the truth behind key characters’ masks. Bonus for avid readers: new insights into classic writers.