The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow – Guest Post, Review + Giveaway @Frankie_Bow

Posted August 18, 2015 by Brooke in Book Giveaway, Book Tour, Guest Post, Uncategorized / 2 Comments

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musubimurderfrontsansserifThe Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow
Molly Barda Mysteries #1

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.

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One question that I get about The Musubi Murder is,

“Am I in your book?”

I can see why people might ask this. The setting is a public university in Hawaii, similar in some ways to my own workplace. The main character is Molly Barda, who teaches in the Mahina State University College of Commerce. I teach at a university, in Hawaii, in the business school.

But I must insist: I am making most of it up.

In my author bio, I try to make this clear:

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.

I have sacrificed Truth on the altar of Art.
Why? Because Truth is boring.

If I were really writing about myself and the people I know, my stories would feature kind, capable people doing their jobs competently and without incident. Snore.

So I punch it up a little: Ruinous budget cuts. Reckless, showboating legislators. A powerful and well-funded Student Retention Office staffed by self-assured dimwits.

Molly, my protagonist and narrator, is neurotic and socially awkward. Her bottom-line-obsessed dean won’t let her report cheaters, because he refuses to scare off paying customers. Her next-door colleague is the reason she’s not allowed to close the door when she has a student in her office (it’s called the “Rodge Cowper Rule”). Her students don’t know what “plutocracy” means, but they’re pretty sure it has something to do with planets.

So no, you are (probably) not in my book.
I promise.
Now go read it, and enjoy!


My Thoughts

The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow is the first book in the Molly Barda Mysteries series. I really liked the setting of the book. I enjoyed my visit to Hawaii and interacting with the fun and quirky characters in The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow. This was a fast-paced mystery and I found myself wanting to know how in the world Molly was going to figure it out. The twists kept me guessing and the book was entertaining throughout. I look forward to reading more in this series.

About the Author

author-photo-b-squareLike 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.

Author Links
Website: http://www.frankiebow.com
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/frankie.bow.1
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/frankie-bow/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7809288.Frankie_Bow

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2 responses to “The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow – Guest Post, Review + Giveaway @Frankie_Bow

  1. Kathleen Costa

    I’ve always wonder if authors use their own experiences or family, friends, and acquaintances as inspiration when writing their stories. I love Frankie’s comment that if she did it would make for a “boring” story. Life isn’t always capable of becoming art.

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