The Musubi Murder

About the Book by Frankie Bow

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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Author Frankie Bow/ Reviewed by Felita Daniels / 239 Pages

The cover to this book is bright and colorful. That was part of the appeal to try this novel. I think it is appropriate to the tone of the book, fun, but with the danger element front and center with the skull. The setting is Hawaii and though I have never been there, I feel like the book gave me a feel for the place.

I was disappointed in the way the college was run and what level of education they were actually providing for the students. The way in which money was spent and educators were evaluated made me shake my head or cringe. I can only hope that the author was trying to push this portrayal out to the point of being ridiculous.

The characters were likeable. I felt there were enough characters and motives to keep you interested to unravel the story, but not too many to get confusing or make it feel watered down. This was a respectable first novel.

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About the Author

Author Frankie BowLike 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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11 Responses to The Musubi Murder

  1. Thanks for having me on Lilac Reviews, Felita! Fortunately, much of the disastrous effects of the budget cuts are fictional …although I’m keeping an eye on Wisconsin!

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