Guest Post/Virtual Tour with Giveaway ~ The Black Thumb by Frankie Bow

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Back to School: What to read when you’ve read all the campus cozies.

As a cozy fan who works in academia, I love to read (and write) cozy mysteries that take place on college campuses or feature sleuthing professors. While there are some great contemporary campus cozies, there aren’t, nearly enough. Campus cozies are greatly outnumbered by cat, culinary, and craft subgenres.

But if you’re willing to broaden your horizons a little, you can find a great read that skewers Machiavellian administrators, Byzantine bureaucracy, pompous professors, and slacker students.

Here are five of my favorites. The publication date or genre might place them outside of the contemporary cozy category, but consider giving them a place in your library. As in your favorite cozies, sex and violence take place offstage; entertaining characters, rich settings, and compelling stories are front and center.

1. Julie Shumacher, Dear Committee Members (2014). A hilarious and heartbreaking story told through recommendation letters.

2. Connie Willis, To Say Nothing of the Dog (2009). Willis has won numerous Hugo and Nebula awards. Even if you’re not a SciFi buff, you’ll enjoy this lighthearted fantasy featuring boating along the Thames, time-traveling cats, an overbearing philanthropist named Lady Schrapnell, and a mysterious McGuffin–the bishop’s bird stump.

3. Sarah Caudwell, Thus Was Adonis Murdered (1981). Featuring the entertainingly pompous Oxford law professor Hilary Tamar, Caudwell’s first mystery makes the Finance Act fascinating, and the Eighties feel like the Golden Age. Pay attention; Caudwell’s vocabulary is magnificent, and she doesn’t end a sentence until she’s good and ready. Caudwell began her mystery-writing career after retiring from law, and only wrote four mysteries before she passed away. I have read them all several times; knowing who the murderer is scarcely diminishes the pleasure of reading them.

4. Amanda Cross, In the Last Analysis (1964). The book opens in academia’s least-loved month, April. Summer break is too far away, end-of-year deadlines are too close, and everyone is tired and grouchy. How little has changed; more than fifty years on, it’s still the cruelest month. Or, if you like, Hate-pril.

5. Dorothy Sayers, Gaudy Night (1935). Gaudy Night is a Golden Age mystery, written before the term “cozy mystery” was in use. Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane investigate a string of malicious pranks at Oxford’s (fictitious) Shrewsbury College, which is likely a thinly-fictionalized version of Sayers’ own alma mater, Somerville College.

What are your favorite back-to-school reads?

post-divider rightblackSeries: Professor Molly Mysteries (Book 3)
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 18, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 1943476187
ISBN-13: 978-1943476183
ASIN: B01E3JRMC2
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository

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When a violent death disrupts the monthly meeting of the Pua Kala Garden society, Professor Molly Barda has no intention of playing amateur detective. But Molly's not just a witness-the victim is Molly's house guest and grad-school frenemy. And Molly quickly finds to her dismay that her interest in the murder of the stylish and self-centered Melanie Polewski is more than just…academic.

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frankieFrankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike the characters in her Mahina State Mysteries, 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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