Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Cursed Canoe

The Cursed Canoe
by Frankie Bow

The Cursed Canoe has a little something for everyone: a slick mystery, and intrepid heroine, some comic relief.
~Back Porchervations
…an enjoyable light read…
~Cassidy Salem Reads & Writes

The Cursed Canoe: A Molly Barda Mystery
2nd Book in Series
Cozy Mystery
Print Length: 338 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (February 23, 2016)
Professor Molly Barda investigates a mysterious paddling accident, and realizes it isn’t just business majors who cheat to get what they want. Whether it’s moving up in the college rankings, getting a seat in the big canoe race, or just looking out for themselves, some people will do whatever it takes-including murder.

If you have read the previous books in this series you will have an idea of how dysfunctional the administration and political climate are at the university where Molly Barda teaches.
You will also have a sense of her hesitation about spending time with her boyfriend's son.

Fortunately Molly has the support of friends and coworkers Emma and Pat, as things are going to get more tense rapidly. Emma is focused on an upcoming, highly competitive canoe race. Molly's boyfriend, Donnie, has his mind on business when he's not worried about his son's life.
Molly agrees to visit a psychiatrist when work stress disrupts her daily life, and she fears her thoughts may have contributed to an antagonist's death, but wherever she turns a former student arises. Can any secrets be safe in a college community?

Someone is keeping secrets, or maybe everyone. There are multiple plotlines twisting and being tangled together throughout the book. We learn more about each of the main characters through actions and reactions. This environment is a hotbed of backstabbing double dealing.
Molly and friends, encouraged by a class assignment, can't resist doing some snooping.
The author's writing is impeccable. Suspense mixed with humor. The dialogue flows with an island accent.

I was provided with this eBook for review purposes.

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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