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

CaseOfDefunctAdjunctFrontThe Case of the Defunct Adjunct: A Molly Barda Mystery
File Size: 504 KB
Print Length: 244 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (December 1, 2015)
Publication Date: December 1, 2015




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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.



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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November 15 – Mallory Heart Reviews – Review
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November 28 – Brooke Blogs – Review, Interview, Giveaway
November 29 – Cozy Up With Kathy – Review
November 30 – Musings and Ramblings – Guest Post
November 30 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight

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Aug 052015

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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!




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.


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
Publisher: Five Star (August 5, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1432830748
E-Book ASIN: B011M7EQ9U




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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Dec 192013

ms. america
Ms America and the Offing on Oahu
(Beauty Queen Mysteries)

First in the Series
Cozy Mystery
Self-Published (December 6, 2012)
Paperback: 296 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1480209923
E-Book File Size: 830 KB


Ms. Ohio Happy Pennington finds out it’s not all sequins and silicone when she competes on Oahu for the Ms America crown—the first national title of her life.

When her fiercest competitor tumbles dead out of the isolation booth during the televised pageant finale, Honolulu PD gets to thinking Happy might have killed her.

Happy has to clear her name and catch the killer and make sure they are very UN -Happy!!!

Dollycas’s Thoughts
This book was my choice for my December Just For Fun Reading Challenge and it really was a fun read! It reminded me of the Miss Congeniality movies staring Sandra Bullock. A behind the scenes look at Beauty Pageants with older contestants who still can fit into a pageant bathing suit and embarrass their kids like crazy.

Happy Pennington was a sassy protagonist and the rest of the characters run the gambit – a varied group of beauty queens, a chopper pilot, the pageant emcee with a huge secret, Happy’s hubby and her mother who doesn’t think much of Happy’s hubby.

The mystery was full of suspects starting with several contestants and their handlers. Happy needed a spreadsheet to track them all. Very well plotted.

A great read to take your mind off the cold weather. A virtual trip to Hawaii in December should warm you up nicely.
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Jan 172012

The Aloha Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel (Elm Creek Quilts Novels)
Simon & Schuster
Elm Creek Quilt Series
16th in the Series

Bonnie escapes the winter in Pennsylvania and her soon to be ex-husband to visit her college friend Claire in Hawaii. While there she is going to help her set up a retreat similar to the Elm Creek Quilting Camp. Bonnie loves the calm of Hawaii but everything doesn’t go smoothly, especially when her husband starts to fight her for half of her share of Elm Creek Quilts.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This was my JUST FOR FUN book this month. This is one of my favorite series for many reasons. Before my accident one of my passions was quilting, the books in this series inspired me so much. Jennifer is a Wisconsin author and doesn’t live too far from me. We have never met and probably never will but I feel a bond to her through her stories. I may not physically be able to create the quilts with my hands but my mind is always creating quilts I hope to help my family make in the future. Once a quilter, always a quilter.

This book is unique in that it is full of Hawaiian history, with stories of not only how quilting came to the islands but a lot about the whole Hawaiian culture.

While this is Bonnie’s adventure the rest of the Elm Creek Quilters are an important part of the story. Part of this story actually takes place at the same time as the Elm Creek Quilters are celebrating A Quilter’s Holiday.

This is one of the series I have gotten behind on, but it one of the series I plan to catch up on for the Finish The Series Reading Challenge. The newest story Sonoma Rosecomes out February 21 and I just received an advanced copy so I will have to get busy reading!

I hope all of you are finding time to read Just For Fun! Remember the GoodReads group for this challenge closes to new members January 31. If you don’t have your topic set up accepting the challenge you will not be eligible for any prizes. If you haven’t signed up there is still time. Just follow this link for details or Click on the Just For Fun Challenge tab at the top of this page.

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