When Kent Lovely, Mahina State’s one-man hostile work environment, collapses face-first into his cheesecake, the faculty retreat goes from dull to disastrous. Now Professor Molly has to fight to keep an innocent out of prison—and herself off the unemployment line.
If you like Dorothy Parker, Sarah Caudwell, P.G. Wodehouse, or E.F. Benson’s Mapp and Lucia stories, you’ll enjoy this tale of passion, pilferage, and petty politics in the middle of the Pacific.
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.
The building's only elevator is stuck. The emergency call button doesn't connect to campus security. The digital clock scrolls random characters.
No, it's not an alien invasion or an electromagnetic pulse attack. It's called deferred maintenance. When state universities are stuck between rising costs and declining state support, maintenance is one of the easiest things to put off.
So when Professor Molly finds the emergency call button doesn't work, she's dismayed, but not surprised.
The Case of the Defunct Adjunct
I stumbled backwards until I reached the classroom door. Then I grasped the jamb, swung out, and broke into a run. I reached the emergency call station on the other side of the building and pressed the big silver button. Silence. I looked back over my shoulder. No one was chasing me. I mashed the button again. This time I heard a dead click. The emergency call station was out of order. I reached into my laptop bag for my phone, only to remember that I had left it back in my office, charging.