Newly single and far from home, Professor Molly Barda wants to stay out of trouble until she gets tenure at remote Mahina State University. But when local big-shot Jimmy Tanaka, pledges a huge donation to Molly's college and then disappears, Molly's bottom-line-obsessed dean tasks her with locating the missing mogul. As Molly explores ancient grudges and uncovers old scandals, she starts to fall for Tanaka's competitor, the too-good-to-be-true Donnie Gonsalves. Donnie seems to like her for all the wrong reasons--and has a few secrets of his own.
The Musubi Murder is for
- mystery lovers
- Hawaii expatriates
- disillusioned academics
- anyone who fancies Spam (the meat)
What is a Musubi (pronounced moo-soo-BEE)?
The Spam musubi, Hawaii's favorite snack and Merrie Musubis' signature dish, is a cube of sticky rice topped with a slice of fried Spam, and then wrapped in a strip of dried seaweed. From a distance, musubis look a lot like oversized pieces of sushi.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dorothy Parker meets Jane Smiley.
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, mystery and characters that I like In Musubi Murder. The main character is Molly Barda a college professor who is untenured so she has to do the crummy jobs. She is single. Her two co-workers that are her friends Emma Nakamura and Patrick Flanagan. They like to drink her coffee.Molly has to go to a breakfast honoring Jimmy Tanaka who is one of the most hated man in Hawaii because he donated a lot of money to the college. There is protest there and Jimmy is a no show.Molly does meet Donnie Gonsalves owner of Donnie's Drive-Inns. She finds him attractive. His son is one of her students.Jimmy is found to be murdered. Molly finds some clues with the help of her friends.There are plenty of suspects, lots of people are upset with Jimmy and his business practices.There are some images that made me want to gag thinking about the murders.I would be willing to see what happens next to Molly and her friends.I was given this ebook to read for free and in return I agreed to give a honest review of The Musubi Murder and be part of its blog tour.
Dollycas’s Thoughts In 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 this story. Jimmy Tanaka, founder of Merrie Musubis, and a man with a shady background, has promised a huge donation to the school but he fails to show up at a breakfast in his honor. Or a least that is what everyone thought. He is there in a way, a way that leads to a murder investigation and Mollie finds herself heavily involved. She is also just starting a relationship with Donnie Gonsalves, but he seems to be a man with many secrets. Not knowing anything about musubi (pronounced moo-soo-BEE) the title was a big draw and when I found they were sandwiches that could be made with SPAM, a childhood favorite, I knew I had to read this story. Frankie Bow has laid the groundwork for a promising mysteries series in addition to giving a very intriguing whodunit that includes not only a bit of revenge but corruption too. I found the characters to be very well developed and the backdrop of college politics very interesting. The humor interspersed throughout the story made it even more enjoyable. How can you go wrong with a setting in Hawaii? A great place I have always wanted to visit. The author has many more installments planned and I am looking forward to them. Book 2: Molly Barda and the Cursed Canoe Book 3: Molly Barda and the Black Thumb Book 4: Molly Barda and the Invasive Species Book 5: Molly Barda and the Blessed Event Book 0: The Defunct Adjunct
I was looking for a change of pace book, something not too deep or action packed and ‘The Musubi Murder’ fit right in. It’s a bit slow and a bit predictable, but the characters are wonderful and quirky, and the author does a wonderful job of transporting the reader to this tropical paradise. I really felt as if I connected to the characters who really drive this story.