Small town life, big academic egos, corruption, revenge, and Spam musubis! The Musubi Murder is the first campus crime novel set in Hawaii, and the perfect gift for mystery lovers, Hawaii expatriates, disillusioned academics, and anyone who fancies Spam (the meat). Renowned Hawaii-born voice-over artist Nicole Gose brings her spot-on vocal characterizations and impeccable comic timing to this reading.
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The book is very amusing, and has some really great little twists along the way! The characters are also fantastic. The narrator does a very good job at distinguishing between character voices during dialogue and really gets into character.
This is a great murder mystery! It's definitely a page turner, but it's also not stressful to read, and has a lot of well done subtle comedy.
I review books, mostly audiobooks, mostly mystery. That's about it!
Frankie 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 lest they should leave, taking their uni fees with them! This situation contributes to some quite comical efforts of self restraint on Molly's part, involving her trying to chastise and punish students for their misdemeanours without actually saying so! Molly has far more patience than I, I would soon be out of a job!
I like Mollys' house, OK not the smartest, but probably a whole lot more interesting than the modern hermetically sealed clean and tidy abodes of some people ... Mentioning no names!
Then there is the murder mystery, It wasn't too difficult to be a little ahead of the story, but I must say, there were some rather stomach churning inferences along the way regarding the mortal remains! Some of the situations Molly found herself in gave the listener some nail nibbling moments! Poor Molly becomes as bewildered as a teenager when romance - or potential romance - students politics, friends, doubt, money, science, fraud and murder are all thrown in to the melting pot. Luckily for us, it's all spiced up with a little humour, romance and a touch of pathos.
I'm just not sure about the ending though. Having said that, it is the first book in a series, and now that everyone has been properly introduced, I look forward to many more Molly Barda Mysteries.
Nicole Gose is new to me, I enjoyed her work very much, she certainly is a talent. Her voice is very clear, she has good timing and tells a story well, this is so important. I loved the regional accents, reminded me a little of Maori English. I found one little fault, and even then I guess it's a personal thing, and that is the voice of Emma, it was a little high pitched for the comfort of my ears.
I'd say this book makes an excellent audiobook, Nicole Gose as narrator was well chosen, and sound quality and production are both of a high standard.
I think listeners would be happy to know that Nicole will narrate all future Molly Barda Mysteries, so let's hope she does.
I really enjoyed the characters of Molly and Emma. You could tell that Molly was from the mainland compared to Emma's native speech and accent. Ms. Gose kept me in the story with her realistic characterizations and I can't wait to hear more of her work.
At over 6 hours, it would be hard to do in one sitting but the chapters are so that you can stop and come back and not feel lost.
The Musubi Murder is a great start to hopefully a new series of books by Frankie Bow. Molly, a college professor, is drawn into the murder of a well know but much hated local businessman. This is a solid mystery and I would recommend it to those 15+ years. I look forward to reading more about Molly, Emma and Pat.
Entertaining, engaging, funny!
Cannot choose between Molly, Emma and Pat - each of them with distinct and likeable personalities.
Absolutely! Engaging and entertaining.
Very impressive how the reader can switch from standard to Pidgin English so easily and convincingly. The feel of Hawaii is authentic. On par with Sarah Caudwell for excellent dry humor - but very different style. Broadly appealing to fans of cosy mysteries, and even better for anyone who has an appreciation for the quirks of working in an academic environment.
Narrative makes the world go round.
This is a decent light mystery and very good campus comedy - if you've taught or even studied on a 21st campus, you'll chortle. Too bad about the "chick lit" label. The protagonist does have a light love interest tangled in the mystery but that's far from central to the plot or humour. Four starts might be a tad generous, but I enjoyed this more than most light mysteries and laughed more than most comedy. If Bow writes a second instalment, I'll download automatically.
The setting, background, and characters seemed very true to life in a college setting.
Not a thriller, fun, a little suspenseful at times.
The heroine and her sidekick are both well done. Narration is great, spot-on.
this story is based in Hawaii and that is fun but the characters get old fast.
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 in Hawaii. We were listening to this book today while at the dinner table and we had many laughs! We were at the part where Molly was complaining about 25% of the students plagiarizing their papers. This book is very enjoyable and family oriented. Lots of danger too!
The author, Frankie Bow did a great job writing this story! This is my first read by this author and I found her writing style to be quite witty and up with the times. The plot was great, the killer had me baffled until the end. The narrator, Nicole Gose did a fantastic job delivering this story to us. I loved all her voices and witty Hawaiian accents. The voices sounder very authentic too! I honestly felt like I was listening to a movie! Good job to you both. :)
This cozy island mystery was an enjoyable read. (Surprising that I can call a book that starts off with a decapitated head on a platter a "cozy" mystery. After reading the book I'm not sure I can use "decapitated" in that way. ;-) ) Lots of island flavor, lots of everyday life mixed in with your mystery, too. If you're at all connected to an academic setting you'll probably recognize some or all of Molly's problems.
While the mystery was good, I think I got a little too much of the "other stuff" (i.e. academic life, time with her friends, love interest, etc.) and it tended to slow down the book a little too much for my taste. It's not that it wasn't well-written, it's just that the other parts were a little too much of a distraction.
What really set the book apart, though, was the narrator. Nicole does an excellent job of giving you a real flavor of how people should really sound in a small Hawaiian locale. The narration was well-paced and the characters stood apart well.
Overall, this was an engaging listen that could have benefitted from some trimming. I would listen to another title by the Author, and I may even seek out more from the narrator.
"Narrator enlivens this Hawaiian murder mystery"
I liked the way the narrator uses humour and authentic Hawaiian patois.
I liked the main character, Molly Barda, an aspiring professor of literature who got stuck teaching business communication in an obscure college in Hawaii.
When she voices different characters in conversation, she really sounds like two or three different people talking.
"The customer is always right."
If you like Sue Grafton or Janet Evanovich, this might suit.
"Great story, well narrated"
Really felt like I could feel the tropical heat and walk the grounds of the unviversity, very evocative and absorbing.
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