Oct 112018
 

The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
by Frankie Bow

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The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Setting – Hawaii
Hawaiian Heritage Press
Release Date – September 30, 2018
Print Length: 203 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GVRPNLY

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to have to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

It’s just a university donor dinner held in an old hospital . . . what could go wrong?

The university is taking over the hospital property and refurbishing the buildings for offices, labs and meeting areas.  Just between you and me,  I don’t think it is ASA compliant. Even Molly’s hubby says it reminds him a little bit of a horror movie.

It is Donnie and Molly’s first time out without their baby Francesca and she was looking forward to it until she learns they were seated at a table with Stephen Park, a man she dated very briefly and he has been a thorn in her side ever since. Also seated at the table is Bee Corcoran, a kinesiology professor who has been giving unwanted advice about exercising, healthy diets, and losing weight to Molly ever since the birth of her child.

Sadly, the others that were supposed to be seated at the table have begged off from the event. So it is just the four of them in this very uncomfortable situation. It is no wonder they are doing anything that will get them away from the table, Donnie to check in with the sitter, Stephen to have a cigarette, Molly to the ladies room. Unfortunately, Molly takes a long route back to the table just in time to hear Stephen fall to his death behind her. This is not going to be good. Both she and Donnie were away from the table, If Stephen was pushed to his death they are going to be the prime suspects.

Department head and new mom Molly has her hands full even during summer break. Thankfully she has a student from the college to help at home with the house and the baby because she has to follow very clue to prove her husband had nothing to do with Stephen Park’s demise. Her partner in crime and best friend Emma is around to help her sleuth or pour the wine or both depending on the situation. All of the characters in this story are fleshed out and unique.

The story set a nice pace from the start and the plot took several turns before the real killer came into focus. The author includes the perfect amount of humor and throws in bits of the Hawaiian language here and there and I really like that.

Stories set in Hawaii always get me dreaming. I so want to vacation there someday. The old hospital/new college digs will not be on my list of places to visit though. I understand the university wanting to show their patrons the new property they acquired, but the place was clearly unsafe for a gala of this kind, even if someone didn’t have murder on their mind.

Frankie Bow has filled these pages with plenty of drama. Drama that will have you flipping those pages quickly from beginning to end. I really enjoyed catching up with Professor Molly.

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About the Author

Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Praise for The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
by Frankie Bow

The characters are diverse and interesting, each with his/her own personalities, including Stephen and his date, Bee. Not to mention Molly’s best friend and partner-in-crime, Emma.
~Cassidy’s Bookshelves

Molly and Emma are two of my favorite characters. . . The books in this series are quick paced, creative and funny.
~Laura’s Interests

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Nov 172016
 

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20 quick questionsTwenty Quick Questions With Frankie Bow

Favorite Color – Black for shoes, white for walls.
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Favorite Candy – Snickers
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Favorite Snack – Quesadillas
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Favorite Soft Drink – Coke Zero. Manly, yes, but I like it too.

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Favorite Hard Drink – Jameson

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Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – All of them. It’s ice cream, isn’t it?

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Favorite Movie – I’d watch Paris is Burning again.

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Favorite TV Show – Perry Mason

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Favorite Book –Queen Lucia
Favorite Fictional Character – Emmeline Lucas (“Lucia”)

Favorite Super Hero – The Tick
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Favorite Singer/Group/Band – Peggy Lee
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Favorite Carnival Ride – It’s a Small World at Disneyland, before they remodeled and toned down the New Guinea section.
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Favorite Spring Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Favorite Summer Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Favorite Fall Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
Winter Activity – Reading murder mysteries.
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Favorite Place to Read – On the elliptical machine. Multitasking!
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Favorite Place to Write – I do everything at my computer now. My handwriting is atrocious.
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Dream Vacation Destination – Cooking lessons in Italy, which I’ll be doing very soon!
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Now let me tell you about Frankie’s New Book!

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The Invasive Species: (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 4)
File Size: 855 KB
Print Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 30, 2016)
ASIN: B01E6WR8RK
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Professor Molly Barda is thrilled to be included in a grant to investigate attitudes toward biotechnology. But she immediately finds herself embroiled in the deadly fight between big biotech and anti-GMO activists. When Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura stumble onto the scene of a brutal murder, they realize that everyone has something to hide–and there are some questions you don’t ask.

The Professor Molly mysteries are the first campus murder mysteries set in Hawaii.

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Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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#Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Black Thumb by Frankie Bow – Great Escapes Book Tour

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Aug 202016
 

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The Black Thumb (Professor Molly Mysteries) (Volume 3)
Paperback: 342 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 18, 2016)
ISBN-13: 978-1943476183
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When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly’s not just a witness-the victim is Molly’s house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.

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About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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The Cursed Canoe
by Frankie Bow

 

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The Cursed Canoe: A Molly Barda Mystery
2nd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (February 23, 2016)
ASIN: B01C5JYVXA
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Professor Molly Barda investigates a mysterious paddling accident, and realizes it isn’t just business majors who cheat to get what they want. Whether it’s moving up in the college rankings, getting a seat in the big canoe race, or just looking out for themselves, some people will do whatever it takes-including murder.

Praise For The Cursed Canoe

The Cursed Canoe has a little something for everyone: a slick mystery, and intrepid heroine, some comic relief.
~Back Porchervations

…an enjoyable light read…
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

It’s written really well, is very engaging and entertaining with the right dose of humor and sarcasm. The plot is clever and well woven, the dialogue is brilliant.
~LibriAmoriMiei

The author’s writing is impeccable. Suspense mixed with humor. The dialogue flows with an island accent.
~Laura’s Interests

It’s well written; the characters are nicely rounded, and the situation with the college finances are all too understandable.
~Author, Jemima Pett

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About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Apr 202016
 

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Welcome to Cozy Wednesday! 

I am so happy to have Frankie Bow (Emma Nakamura) as out guest today!

In Which Emma Nakamura Happens to See Her Best Friend Molly’s Private Journal, and Addresses a Terrible Misunderstanding

Hey, Cozy Wednesday readers. This is Emma Nakamura, Molly Barda’s best friend. We both teach at Mahina State University, in Mahina, Hawai`i. I teach intro bio, and she’s in the College of Commerce, poor thing. Yeah, I know you never heard of Mahina State. Neither did Molly, before she moved here. Our motto is “Where Your Future Begins Tomorrow.”

So like I said, Molly’s my best friend, and I don’t wanna talk stink about her, but I gotta say, sometimes she misunderstands my good intentions. You ever heard the expression, “no good deed goes unpunished?” Yeah, that’s me. For example, I unselfishly fixed her up with my brother Jonah. Molly’d just broke up with that jerk from the theater department, that’s why. Jonah’s cute and single, and he’s a talented musician too.

 

And Molly likes Jonah, f’real. She wrote about him in her journal. Well, she wrote about a conversation her and me had about him, which is the same thing:

“Look, Molly, maybe by your standards Jonah’s just some slacker pothead loser, but he’s my baby brother.”

“Emma,” I reassured her, “I don’t think Jonah’s a…I mean, I like Jonah.”

So anyhow, I set ‘em up at the fanciest restaurant in Mahina! So did she appreciate it? Well, guess what, she wrote about that in her journal too. Get a load of this, ah?

Sprezzatura was Mahina’s finest dining establishment, the only restaurant in town with white tablecloths. Scents of fresh basil and crushed garlic wafted from the kitchen.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t on any kind of romantic date, although to the untrained eye it might have looked like one. I was sitting across the table from Emma’s brother Jonah, and both of us were waiting for Emma to show up. Jonah was appropriately dressed, which I assumed was Emma’s doing. Instead of a laundry-beaten t-shirt, he wore a pressed aloha shirt. His lank hair was combed back and tucked behind his ears, and he (or Emma) had shaved off his wispy goatee.

This dinner had been Emma’s idea. Jonah had been close-mouthed on the subject of the murder victim, insisting he wanted to forget about the whole thing. Emma thought Jonah might be forthcoming if we plied him with food and drink…

Okay, maybe I’d sold it to her like Jonah had some important information that was gonna help us solve this murder. But I had to get the ball rolling somehow, and it I’d left it up to those two, it was never gonna happen.

In the absence of conversation, I listened to the gentle clinking and murmuring of our fellow diners, and the loud chewing noise inside my head. I felt a wave of relief when a dark-haired woman in a white blouse and black slacks approached our table. She introduced herself and asked for our drink order.“Longboard lager for me,” Jonah said. “You want something?”“I’ll stick with water until Emma gets here.” I wanted to keep a clear head, and I didn’t want to get too far ahead of Emma, who can hold her liquor a lot better than I can. Where was Emma, anyway?

“I’ll leave the wine list with you, ma’am,” the server said to me, with a practiced smile. “Be right back with your Longboard Lager, sir.”“Sorry, Jonah.” I pulled out my phone and checked the caller ID. “I need to get this. It’s your sister.”

“No worries.” Jonah pulled out his own phone and started doing something on it, which was apparently much more absorbing than talking with me. I took another look at the wine list.

“Listen, Jonah, I’m going to take this call outside. When she comes back, can you order me a Cabernet? Wait, no.” I remembered that red wine stains my lips and teeth purple, imparting that unlovely look Emma calls “vampire mouth.”

See what I mean about Molly’s drinking? I shouldna told her about the vampire mouth though. Now she makes a big deal about it every time we order wine.

I stepped out onto the sidewalk. With the rain drumming on Sprezzatura’s little red awning, and the cars splashing by, I had to mash my phone against my ear to hear anything.“Emma,” I shouted into the phone, “where are you?”

“Sorry, Molly, something’s come up. I can’t make it.”

“What? What do you mean you can’t make it? Jonah already ate all the bread and ordered beer. You can’t just—”

“Nah, nah, it’s okay. You’re really good with people, Molly. You can get the information from Jonah yourself.”

“I am not good with people. Why would you even say that?”

“No worries. Jonah’s gonna pick up the tab.”

“Does he know it?”

“I gave him my credit card.”

The penny dropped. How could I not have seen this?

“You were never planning to show up.”

“Whaaaat?”

“This was a setup, Emma. Wasn’t it? Does Jonah know about this little scheme of yours?”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about. Welp, you better get back to your table. You don’t want to keep Jonah waiting by himself. It would be rude.”

See? Just a little misunderstanding, no big deal. But Molly doesn’t let it go. Know what she does? Check this out:

Forget the dinky little glass of house chardonnay. I was going to order a bottle of something fancy. And Emma could bloody well pay for it.

Molly ordered like two bottles of Chateau Cha-Ching that night, just to get back at me. See what I mean? No gratitude.

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The Molly Barda Mysteries

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About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Feb 272016
 

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Sinful Science
by Frankie Bow

 

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The Miss Fortune Series: Sinful Science
(Kindle Worlds Novella)
(Hair Extensions and Homicide Book 1)

Cozy Mystery – Paranormal
Kindle Worlds (December 6, 2015)
Print Length: 116 pages
ASIN: B01928QJPU
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A graduate student from Hawaii visits the tiny bayou town of Sinful, Louisiana to investigate the effects of the oil spill on the local wildlife. Sinful resident Fortune Redding, who happens to be a CIA operative hiding out from a ruthless arms dealer, worries that the nosy newcomer might blow her cover. But he discovers something that even Fortune couldn’t have predicted, unleashing forces that will go to any lengths to protect Sinful’s darkest secret.

Praise for Sinful Science

This novella was a quick, interesting read and I really mean it in the best of ways when I wish more ‘Miss Fortune’ for everyone!
~Back Porchervations

I really enjoyed this book, it was a lot of fun to read…
~Tea and A Book

It’s delightfully paranormal (this is bayou country, after all) and delightfully populated.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies

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Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike the characters in her Mahina State Mysteries, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

 

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Nov 182015
 
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The Case of the Defunct Adjunct
by Frankie Bow

A really intriguing and engrossing cozy mystery…
~Mallory Heart Reviews

If you like your cozy mysteries with humor and a satisfying dose of sarcasm, Frankie Bow is your go-to author. Put Molly Barda and best friend Emma Nakamura together and you never know what can happen next.
~Laura’s Interests

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Print Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (December 1, 2015)
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
ASIN: B015U1NM4O
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A forbidden kiss. A death in plain sight. And the faculty meeting’s just begun.

Forced to attend the Student Retention Office’s summer retreat, Professor Molly Barda brings her game of buzzword bingo to fend off boredom. But when the lecherous Kent Lovely, Mahina State’s one-man hostile work environment, collapses face-first into his haupia cheesecake, the afternoon goes from dull to disastrous. Now Molly has to fight to keep an innocent out of prison—and herself off the unemployment line.

The Case of the Defunct Adjunct is the spoiler-free prequel to the Molly Barda mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in remote Mahina, Hawaii. If you like Dorothy Parker, Sarah Caudwell, P.G. Wodehouse, or E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories, you’ll enjoy this tale of passion, pilferage, and petty politics.

 

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About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

 
 
 

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Let’s kick off The Musubi Murder Great Escapes Tour with a bang!!
I am so excited to welcome Frankie Bow
to Escape With Dollycas today!

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A CAMPUS MURDER MYSTERY for the AGE of BUDGET CUTS

 

Our guest of honor, Jimmy Tanaka, may have been “The Most Hated Man in Hawaii,” but he was also the biggest donor in the history of the College of Commerce. We were in no position to be picky about the moral character of our benefactors. Not after the latest round of budget cuts.

Campus sleuths have traditionally plied their trade in rarefied surroundings. In Dorothy Sayers’ Gaudy Night (1925), Harriet Vane investigates some unpleasantness at Shrewsbury College, Oxford. Gervase Fen, an Oxford professor of English, might involve himself in a “splendidly complicated crime” as an amusing diversion. Amanda Cross’s Kate Fansler holds court in a richly-appointed office in stately Baldwin Hall. Colin Dexter’s Inspector Morse works the Oxford beat. Sarah Caudwell’s delightful Hilary Tamar is a professor of medieval law at Oxford. Joanne Dobson’s Karen Pelletier sleuths at the leafy and exclusive Enfield College.

musubimurderfrontsansserifBut for Professor Molly Barda, the reluctant amateur detective and narrator of The Musubi Murder,  college is not a luxury experience. Like most students and faculty today, Molly and her colleagues are trying to do more with less, while bracing for the next round of budget cuts.

Molly teaches at a regional state university in rural Hawaii, far from the rolling green lawns and wood paneled offices of New England or Oxbridge. Molly longs for working air conditioning. She sits on a yoga ball because there is no budget for office furniture. Her dean, unwilling to lose paying customers, won’t let her report cheating students. Campus administration will kowtow to any potential donor, even the rapacious Jimmy Tanaka, for whom bulldozing a beloved historic landmark is all in a day’s work.

And while money is in short supply, administrators with “innovative” directives are not.

A few weeks after the Student Retention Office remodel was finished, the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement attended an ed-tech conference. Upon his return, we were directed to record our class sessions and post them online, so that students could watch them at their leisure. The problem was that we were “guides on the side” now, and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement didn’t want to post hour-long videos of students sitting in circles talking. So we all had to go back to being “sages on the stage,” lecturing to the video camera, but this time we were cautioned to act as “facilitators of experience” rather than “providers of knowledge.” We’re still stuck with the immovable round tables.

Of course all people and events in The Musubi Murder are fictional, albeit inspired by real-life events. Like Molly Barda, I teach at a public university. Unlike my protagonist, I am blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair.

The second book in the Molly Barda series, Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe, is scheduled for 2016, and I’m currently working on a short story for a benefit anthology.

~Frankie

About The Author

Like Molly Barda, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, a loving family, and a perfectly nice office chair. She believes if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining.

In addition to writing murder mysteries, she publishes in scholarly journals under her real name. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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The Musubi Murder
Cozy Mystery
Setting – Hawaii
Hardcover
Publisher: Five Star (August 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1432830748
E-Book ASIN: B011M7EQ9U
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Synopsis:

In the remote college town of Mahina, Hawaii, Molly Barda just wants to stay out of trouble until she gets tenure, but there’s a problem. A grisly prank targeting a controversial donor puts her college in financial jeopardy. Molly’s hapless ex is implicated, and Molly soon finds herself neck-deep in a stew of corruption, revenge, and murder. Along the way, she finds herself drawn to a local fast-food entrepreneur, the too-good-to-be-true Donnie Gonsalves, who seems to like her for all the wrong reasons–and has a few secrets of his own.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

In The Musubi Murder we meet Molly Barda, and her friends, Emma Nakamura and Patrick Flanagan. They are college professors in Mahina, Hawaii. The College of Commerce has budget issues and is literally falling apart around them.   I am reading this book just after the Governor of my fine state of Wisconsin has cut hundreds of millions of dollars out of out college system. I hope and pray it doesn’t end of like the college in this story. Jimmy Tanaka, founder of Merrie Musubis, and a man with a shady background, has promised a huge donation to the school but he fails to show up at a breakfast in his honor. Or a least that is what everyone thought. He is there in a way, a way that leads to a murder investigation and Mollie finds herself heavily involved. She is also just starting a relationship with Donnie Gonsalves, but he seems to be a man with many secrets.

Not knowing anything about musubi (pronounced moo-soo-BEE) the title was a big draw and when I found they were sandwiches that could be made with SPAM, a childhood favorite, I knew I had to read this story.

Frankie Bow has laid the groundwork for a promising mysteries series in addition to giving a very intriguing whodunit that includes not only a bit of revenge but corruption too. I found the characters to be very well developed and the backdrop of college politics very interesting. The humor interspersed throughout the story made it even more enjoyable. How can you go wrong with a setting in Hawaii? A great place I have always wanted to visit.

The author has many more installments planned and I am looking forward to them.

Book 2: Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe
Book 3: Molly Barda and the Black Thumb
Book 4: Molly Barda and the Invasive Species
Book 5: Molly Barda and the Blessed Event
Book 0: The Defunct Adjunct

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