The Case of the Defunct Adjunct
Molly Barda Mystery, #0
Genre: Cozy Myster
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press
Date of Publication: November 23, 2015
Number of pages: 238
Cover Artist: Deirdere Wait
A forbidden kiss. A death in plain sight. And the faculty meeting’s just begun.Guest Post:
When the lecherous Kent Lovely, Mahina State’s one-man hostile work environment, collapses face-first into his haupia cheesecake, the faculty retreat goes from dull to disastrous. Now Professor Molly Barda 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.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: The furikake jar wine glass
Emma came over holding my treasured Chicken Boy coffee cup.Professor Molly Barda, amateur sleuth and protagonist of the Molly Barda Mysteries, uses furikake cups as wine glasses. What are furikake jars, exactly, and why are they used in this way?
“Emma, you don’t have to use that. I have glasses for wine.”
“No you don’t. You have furikake jars. They’re way too small.”
“That’s a sixteen-ounce mug,” I said.
Hawaii has a ready supply of furikake jars because we use a lot of furikake, a Japanese seasoning that is served sprinkled on rice, or baked with salmon. It’s part of the culinary heritage of the state, which has the highest percentage of Japanese-Americans in the country. (Seventeen percent of the population identifies as having Japanese descent, and that doesn’t include the 21 percent of the population that claims two or more races.)
Furikake can contain dried fish flakes, sesame seeds, seaweed, and other tasty ingredients. And it comes in a handy reusable glass container.
When you’ve used up the furikake, carefully pull off the metal part that seals the top (pliers are good here), rub on some mineral oil to loosen the label, and wash it clean. Now you have a nice cup that holds a six ounce serving of wine. Stemless wine glasses are all the rage. Why not give it a try?
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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