Sunday, November 22, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: THE CASE OF THE DEFUNCT ADJUNCT by Frankie Bow

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.

Molly didn't get out of town for the summer and now she finds herself with more work and no pay. She wants to stay out of it, but she gets involved with solving the murder of Kent Lovely to help her friend Emma and Emma's brother Jonah. Jonah has been fired after "whistle blowing" shady business with the victim's department. That makes him the prime suspect, but maybe what Jonah found out about is the real motive. 

This is the prequel to a new series by Frankie Bow, featuring Molly, a faculty member at an out of the way college in Hawaii. Along with the murder to be solved, there is wit, humor, and sarcasm, sometimes from unexpected people. This was a fun read from beginning to end. As a college faculty member, Bow's description of some aspects of the academy is right on. 

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hope that I would post an honest review. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

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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