THE MUSUBI MURDER
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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 read for mystery lovers, Hawaii expatriates, disillusioned academics, and anyone who fancies Spam (the meat).
Professor Molly Barda is a born and bred big city girl. But thanks to the academic job market, she finds herself at remote Mahina State University, using her top-ten literature PhD. to teach resume-writing to business majors. Molly just wants to keep her head down and stay out of trouble until she gets tenure, so naturally she ends up getting dragged into the middle of a grisly murder case.
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Who are the bad guys? In The Musubi Murder, as in life, no one thinks of themselves as the bad guy. Everyone is the hero of their own story.
For example Molly's bottom-line-focused dean refuses to antagonize the "customers" (aka tuition-paying students) so Molly is forced to give two plagiarizing students a penalty-free do-over. Naturally this makes the other students cry foul and blame Molly for playing favorites. The dean thinks he is looking out for the financial health of the college; Molly thinks he is undermining her teaching and destroying the value of a Mahina State University education. Neither one is entirely wrong.
What I hope readers will tell others when they're done: That the book made them burst out laughing, preferably loudly and in a public venue.
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