Friday, November 22, 2019

The Fever Cabinet (Professor Molly Mysteries) by Frankie Bow

The Fever Cabinet (Professor Molly Mysteries) by Frankie Bow

About The Fever Cabinet

Cozy Mystery 9th in Series
Hawaiian Heritage Press (August 20, 2019)
(November 20, 2019, all formats) 
Print Length: 209 pages 

An abandoned hospital, an antique contrivance, and a very modern murder . . .
All Professor Molly wanted to do was teach literature. Instead she's just been named chair of her department at Mahina State University, and her department has been relocated to a run-down former asylum. She's buried in paperwork and her dean has assigned her to mentor the department's new "star", the prickly Fiona Spencer.
Fiona Spencer had her own reasons for relocating from Oxford to join the faculty at remote Mahina State University. She is willing to put up with the broken air conditioning and constant construction noise in the College of Commerce building (formerly the Territorial Inebriates' Asylum). She can even tolerate her annoying department head, Molly Barda. But when she finds a body in her office, clamped into an antique medical device, it's all a bit much. Especially when she becomes a murder suspect.
Now Fiona and Molly have to work together to find a solution. And the answer won't be found in the back of the textbook.

Professor and Department Head (and new mother) Molly Barda has her hands full as her offices at Mahina State University are undergoing a MAJOR renovation (behind schedule and over the non-existent budget.) Is it even possible that the building, an old hospital, is haunted? She also was the fortunate one to get a new hire into her department but that came with extra responsibilities, including making sure the new hire, Dr. Fiona Spencer, from Oxford, England, felt welcomed, included, and did not immediately turn tail and run. Even the locals consider Mahina State to be less than a "real" college. Dr. Spencer's reasons for joining the faculty are personal, some of which are connected to her husband's position as Head Master at a neighboring boys academy.
Secrets abound, almost as many as the obstacles and difficulties Molly and Fiona must face as they attempt to figure out what is behind all the dark things happening at both educational institutions.
They must join forces to survive.

If you have read any of the previous books in this series and have a feel (or an ear) for the jargon and local flavor, you may enjoy this book more. Molly and Emma are very strong characters. The addition of new, very interesting people gives this book a fresh boost of energy.

About Frankie Bow

 Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, she is blessed with delightful students, sane colleagues, 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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