A forbidden kiss. A death in plain sight. And the meeting’s just begun.
Forced to attend the Student Retention Office’s summer retreat, Professor Molly Barda brings her game of buzzword bingo to fend off boredom. But when the lecherous Kent Lovely, Mahina State’s one-man hostile work environment, collapses face-first into his haupia cheesecake, the afternoon goes from dull to disastrous. Now Molly has to fight to keep an innocent out of prison—and herself off the unemployment line.

The Case of the Defunct Adjunct is the spoiler-free prequel to the Molly Barda mysteries, a cozy mystery series set in remote Mahina, Hawaii. If you like Dorothy Parker, Sarah Caudwell, P.G. Wodehouse, and E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories, you’ll enjoy the Case of the Defunct Adjunct.

If you like your cozy mysteries with humor and a satisfying dose of sarcasm, Frankie Bow is your go-to author.  Put Molly Barda and best friend Emma Nakamura together and you never know what can happen next. 
It is the summer session at Mahina State University, where rules for faculty are more strict than for students. After all, the students pay to be there, the professor's should respect individual learning styles. The budget is tight and the weather is not all that is creating heat. Between unpaid teaching assignments and mandatory committee meetings, who has time for a social life?

Molly's birthday arrives but her boyfriend doesn't.
Emma feels this presents an opportunity and solution rolled into one.
When Emma's brother Jonah is fired from the university and his former office mate collapses at an awards ceremony, things are not looking good for the Nakamura family. Can Molly find out the truth?

While the summer is dangerous and uncomfortable for Molly and Emma, I am greatly entertained by Buzzword Bingo, Molly's students and the seemingly impossible yet quite believable situations they find themselves in.
Since I had listened to the previous book in this series, I found myself reading in the voices of this quirky cast of characters.

I did receive this book in exchange for my honest review.

About The Author
Like 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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  1. Thanks so much for featuring Defunct Adjunct and for your kind words! I love the line,

    "If you like your cozy mysteries with humor and a satisfying dose of sarcasm, Frankie Bow is your go-to author" and am sharing and tweeting it everywhere. :-)


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