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The Case of the Defunct Adjunct: In Which Molly Takes On the Student Retention Office and Loses Her Office Chair (Professor Molly Mysteries Book 0) by [Bow, Frankie]
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Praise for the Professor Molly Mysteries: 
  •  The tropical setting and unique Hawaiian culture enhance this extremely funny mystery that combines academic politics with hilarious family complications ― King's River Lite
  •  A "smart and welcome addition to the teaching-college-is-murder genre."― Kirkus Reviews 
  • A "fun read from beginning to end."― Christa Nardi, author of the Cold Creek Mysteries 
  • A "winning first mystery"― Publishers Weekly 
  • "Certain to appeal to readers who love well-drawn settings or academic cozies"― Library Journal 
  • "I was caught laughing out loud. The sarcasm and humor are superbly written. I was hooked from the start and dare say forgot all about the time while reading."― Cozy Mystery Book Reviews

From the Author

I love to read traditional and cozy mysteries, and I write what I like to read. 
My influences include:
  • The book and play reviews of Dorothy Parker 
  • The Jeeves and Wooster stories by P.G. Wodehouse 
  • The Mapp and Lucia books by E.F. Benson 
  • Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar mysteries (there were only four; Thus Was Adonis Murdered, The Shortest Way to Hades, The Sirens Sang of Murder, and The Sibyl in her Grave)
  • Anything by Dave Barry 
  • Everything by Allie Brosh, including her calendars 
  • Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad

Product Details

  • File Size: 2428 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (November 23, 2015)
  • Publication Date: November 23, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015U1NM4O
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By James Petersen on December 9, 2015
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We went up to bed the other night. I had just downloaded the Kindle version of Frankie Bow's prequel to the Musubi Murders on my iPhone. From the first page, I couldn't stop chuckling. This annoyed my wife no end because the bed kept shaking every minute or so. She finally told me to read another book, preferably something like Tom Clancy, or go sleep in the guest room. Frankie's strength is getting things exactly right. Her descriptions of academic politics and her ear for local speech patterns and her descriptions are spot on. (We live on Oahu) This is no easy task. Many writers who are not from here really don't get it. I highly recommend this book. If you read the first one, you'll finally find out why Molly has to sit on a yoga ball rather than a chair in her office.
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An unlikable music teacher drops dead at a reception at which he is about to be named "teacher of the year" at a small Hawaiian university.
The cops think he was poisoned and immediately focus their attention on Josh Nakamura, another music teacher who was recently let go after he informed the university that his colleague had been embezzling from the department's accounts.
Through an interesting combination of circumstances, Professor Molly Barda gets pulled into the investigation by her friend Emma Nakamura, Josh's sister.
"The Case of the Defunct Adjunct" is a nicely written, fast-moving mystery set in an exotic locale with interesting characters and a neat plot twist. Author Frankie Bow has also injected a fair bit of humor into the narrative and has used her novel to make some sharp observations about the lamentable condition of many institutions of higher education in America where college degrees have lost much of their value due to the ideologically driven meddling of state Legislatures.
Bow writes in a breezy style but don't let that dissuade you from reading this very fine story about murder, financial shenanigans, and betrayal. The fact is, Bow has a nice way with words that allows her to set scenes in such a way that the reader can almost feel the heat in stuffy classrooms and hear the sound of rain as it falls onto metal roofs.
My point is simply this: "The Case of the Defunct Adjunct" is a really nice read and a novel that I highly recommend.
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This is the second in the Molly Barda series by Frankie Bow. Published after, it is, however, a prequel to the first in the series, 'The Musubi Murder'. Right now--for those of us having read them in order of appearance--there's a bit of time-shifting required. At some point, more people will have read 'Defunct Adjunct' first than 'Musubi Murder', so they will experience these as chronologically sequential for the characters. One wonders how far back (and forward) Bow will go with Molly. I'm sure there are some incidents from graduate school, even in a storied Top Ten department of English, that Bow wants to lay open for the reader.
The strength of her books is that Bow creates very sharply drawn characters, with confident, authentic, voices, who could populate any small college town. Her dialog is deftly handled and one can 'see' the characters as one reads. The pressures and constraints that most small colleges work within dictate much of the behaviors and challenges that Bow characterizes so well. A small number of tutiton-paying students are 'worth' more to administrators than high-paid, over-stuffed, self-impressed faculty. Bow makes this point exceedingly well and very humorously, especially if one has spent any time within similar institutions. For those believing that Mahina State is an over-the-top caricature, sadly, not so. The environment within which her characters grow and develop--in Bow's case Mahina, a fictional Hawaiian city removed from the state's hub, Honolulu-- provides a warm, pungent, semi-seedy, musky envelope surrounding the action.
The action, such as it is, is rather subdued and perhaps here is where Bow's touch is less deft. Her plot lines are gossamer thin. Someone--rather unlikeable we are told--is killed and moved quickly off-stage.
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I loved this book! I was caught laughing out loud. The sarcasm and humor are superbly written. I was hooked from the start and dare say forgot all about the time while reading.
We all think of Hawaii as a paradise where everything is always in bloom and perfect weather with beautiful beaches. Molly, a literature Ph.D at Mahina University is teaching of all things business. Not exactly her dream job. And she is not a fan of rain and guess what, it rains a lot and with curly hair she is a frizzy mess and her clothes stick to her. Yuck! This is not exactly the paradise people think of but at least she has a job. She and her colleagues are going through a lot right now because of budget cuts, committees and working in the summer with no extra pay. Molly has been having trouble with a student getting violent in class and looks forward to a nice dinner out with her boyfriend Stephen for her birthday. Stephen stands her up and she ends up at her best friend Emma's who is also a professor of Biology at the university. Emma is one of my favorite characters because she is a hoot. She is funny, straight forward person who btw told Molly that Stephen the jerk would stand her up again.
Meanwhile back at the university Molly and Iker, professor of accounting have been working on budgets and possibly inappropriation of funds in the music department. This is where Molly's life goes from bad to worse. Kent Lovely is the professor who oversees the budget for the department and seems to have a "special " relationship with a staff member who is looking the other way. I'm sure you guessed that Molly and Iker are told to stop looking into the budget. This doesn't sit well with either of them.
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