The Musubi Murder (Professor Molly Mysteries, #1) by Frankie Bow

The Musubi Murder (Professor Molly Mysteries, #1)

The Musubi Murder is Hawaii's first campus murder mysteryNewly single and far from home, Professor Molly Barda wants to focus on her job and stay out of trouble until she gets tenure at remote Mahina State University. But her life is upended when fast-food entrepreneur Jimmy Tanaka, founder of Merrie Musubis, pledges a huge donation to Molly's college, and then disappears. Molly's bottom-line-obsessed dean tasks her with locating the missing musu...

Details The Musubi Murder (Professor Molly Mysteries, #1)

TitleThe Musubi Murder (Professor Molly Mysteries, #1)
Release DateAug 1st, 2015
PublisherFive Star (ME)
GenreMystery, Fiction, Audiobook, Cozy Mystery, Humor, Funny, Crime

Reviews The Musubi Murder (Professor Molly Mysteries, #1)

  • Frankie Bow
    A masterwork, a tour de force, utterly delightful. You should buy it right now. The Musubi Murder, the first of the Molly Barda Mysteries, is available now on Kindle, at, and on iTunes.The hardcover comes out August 5 at AmazonPowell'sB&NNext up:Book 2: Molly Barda and the Cursed CanoeBook 3: Molly Barda and the Black ThumbBook 4: Molly Barda and the Invasive SpeciesBook 5: Molly Barda and the Blessed EventBook 0: The Defunct Adju...
  • James Petersen
    I found this book quite by accident. I listen to audiobooks when I'm traveling from place to place on Oahu in my MINI or hanging out at the pool or the beach. I was cruising one day recently and the title jumped right off the monitor and the book went into my various devices.More than a few writers have tried to place mysteries in Hawaii but few get it right. Frankie Bow has a good ear for the nuances of local-speak. (If you listen ca...
  • Anastasia
    The Musubi Murder by Frankie Bow is the first book in the Professor Molly Barda Mystery series. University donor and fast food entrepreneur Jimmy Tanaka fails to attend a dinner in his honour and it is found that a skull served with the buffet is his. Set on Hawaii's Big Island, the book gives us a nice insight into Hawaiian and small-time University culture. A fun book with quirky and engaging characters and a light mystery with some gruesome mo...
  • Terri
    An enjoyable & witty cozy mystery! I read this book in audio format. This is a great book for audio as it is set in Hawaii and the narrator delivers authentic Hawaiian voices. I loved this book! This story "The Musubi Murder" Is a fun, quirky murder mystery. It has a great plot, suspense and comedy. I listened to this book in one sitting. I didn't want to turn it off.Follow along with Molly, a college professor as she solves a murder at a campus ...
  • Nadine
    I'm not a huge fan of mystery murder stories as I usually figure it out before the reveal, but not with this novel. Set in Hawaii I enjoyed the local color and as a retired educator I laughed with comedy of the politics and paperwork of teaching. I listened to the audio version with delight that I could easily distinguish the various character's speech and understand the Hawaiian accents. As it is the first in a series, I will have no hesitation ...
  • Janet Scott
    Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, and recommend it to anyone who wants a bit of fun. As the author says herself: this is 'cozy' crime. The plot meanders along and in fact is secondary to the humour, cultural detail (who knew what musubi and coqui were!!), and highly engaging vernacular. The setting and sub-plots of the small-time university life are true to life,and the characters with their odd-ball relationships are engaging.
  • Skeetor
    I received this audiobook free from the author. A wonderfully fun mystery. Frankie Bow has produced an entertaining cozy filled with well-developed, zany characters who are, in turn, masterfully interpreted by Nicole Gose for listeners.
  • Felicity Greene
    I love this book! The characters captured me from sentence one. Molly Barda's dry running commentary on everything she encounters, along with the plot's clever twists, kept me delightedly captivated throughout! I couldn't put this marvelous mystery down.
  • Maria
    yeah it was good I liked it
  • Sandy
    I received an audio book in return for a honest review. Here it isI liked the lady who narrated it alot.It was a cute story, funny too. I would read more of her books.
  • Chandru'sGR
    nice one..i really liked the book
  • Jeanie
    The Musubi Murder is the first in a great new series of mysteries by Frankie Bow, the ‘Molly Barda Mysteries’. I listened to the audio book narrated by Nicole Gose, whose energy and delightful voice inflections and ability to change to reflect each person’s voice kept the attention of this reader and brought the story to life.The characters are witty and fun, especially Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura. Of all the characters, I most ...
  • Audiothing
    My ReviewFrankie Bows' first Professor Molly Barda Mystery provides a good platform for the introduction of both the setting and the characters of her new series.I enjoyed the setting, a university campus which, due to financial restraints has a deteriorating infrastructure and decor. The academic staff have also suffered the indignity and frustration of losing all authority over students. Heaven forbid a student be upset, offended or reprimanded...
  • Kathy
    This is a pretty good book in what promises to be a fantastic mysteries series. The setting and university and island life depicted was spot on. The reader follows Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura as they maneuver through university life in a school that is in a serious funding shortage as well as through their search for answers to why Jimmy Tanaka, a less than ethical businessman who has donated in a big way to the College of Commerce, f...
    Dollycas’s ThoughtsIn 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 t...
  • Diane Hernandez
    I love this new series! It's set on a Hawaiian public college campus. The main characters, Molly and Emma, are sarcastic and laugh-out-loud funny. Molly has a PhD in literature but is trying to get tenure as a College of Commerce instructor. There are many thought-provoking discussions about word choice. For example, is it decapitated head or disembodied head? There are asides about how the human body tastes like pork and which way you should squ...
  • F.P. Dyme
    I received this book in exchange for an honest review.I super enjoyed reading this book! The characters were fun and engaging and just the right amount of quirky. An overworked, underpaid protagonist who claims a busybody and an anarchist as her best friends. Not to mention a yoga ball for an office chair (budget cuts), an oven as extra shoe storage, and the realistic treacherousness of the education system (or really any job at all). Throw in a ...
  • John Depillis
    This cosy mystery moves smoothly and is populated with distinct characters who are fun to know. Te reader gets to know the characters. There is more than just a good mystery story here. Another bonus is that the depiction of academia, with all its foibles, rings absolutely true.
  • L. De
    So much fun to read. Molly Barda and her close friends/colleagues Pat and Emma are unique, likeable and real. The writing is amusing - sometimes laugh out loud funny - without being self-conscious. Very satisfying read, highly recommended.
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  • Kathy Heare Watts
    Mystery, suspense, and mayhem with a great cast of characters.I won a copy of this book during a Goodreads giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it to my local library.
  • Rhonda
    This is a book set in a college town of Mahina, Hawaii. I sure hope the stuff that happened here does not go on where my girls are going to college. There is murder, cheating, and the students don't get held accountable for the wrongs they do.What would you do for your children? Do we complain when they are got cheating? want them to have second chances. Where do we stop fixing things for them? What is best?There is plenty of drama, romance, myst...
  • Leslie Karst
    It takes a lot for me to even crack a smile while reading, but Frankie Bow’s wry and witty writing in her debut mystery, The Musubi Murder, had me laughing out loud on virtually every page. Molly Barda, recently arrived in Hawaii to teach at Mahina State University’s College of Commerce, is just settling in to her new job when her life is thrown into turmoil. Local fast-food mogul, Jimmy Tanaka, who had been invited to speak at her department...
  • Matthew Galloway
    I enjoyed this audiobook immensely! The story and characters were engaging and the reader was perfect. I can't wait for the next one to come out.I almost didn't need the mystery plotline at all, since I enjoyed Barda, her colleagues, and the satire of academic life (which I think non-academics can also relate to with corporate politics and such). The work politics part rather reminded me of Connie Willis' "Bellwether." The mystery, itself, was re...
  • Susan
    This was a fun, light mystery. I enjoyed the characters of Molly, Emma and Pat and their struggles with the Student Retention Office at their university. There is a light romance that did not detract from the murder investigation. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt and the confession of the murder was obtained too easily. The narrator on the audiobook was somewhat irritating although I appreciated her use of Hawaiian accents.I was given a free...
  • Tracey Lampley
    The author’s characterization was great, and the plot was superb. The author placed a special emphasis on setting, which knitted everything together nicely. The author thrusts the reader into the action and never stops. It was a four-star read.
  • Patty
    I really enjoyed this fun cozy mystery.
  • Joelle
    Fun, quick read with a beautiful setting. Plenty of humor amidst the murder mystery. Recommend for mystery lovers. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • Stephen
    When in the Sandwich Islands, one ought properly read a murder mystery set in Hawaii; there might even be a law about that. I chose Frankie Bow's "The Musubi Murder" to begin this vacation. Frankie Bow's true name is Emmeline de Pillis. De Pillis is Professor of Management in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. The protagonist of her mystery novel is Dr. Molly Barda, an untenured professor of business commun...
  • Kathleen
    I started out really liking the main character, Professor Molly Barda. Her difficulties with the administration at her college and various fellow colleagues were very witty and fairly accurate. Her friends, on the other hand, were mooches and, though handy in some aspects, especially at the climax, need some more development to be likeable characters. My biggest complaint with the book was that it was missing a whole chapter. Chapter 23 was a tot...