The Invasive Species
by Frankie Bow
Please welcome Molly and Emma from the Professor Molly Mystery series!
Today our guest is Professor Molly Barda from The Invasive Species. Accompanying her is her colleague and best friend, Professor Emma Nakamura.
Emma: You no need interview me. This is Molly’s time to shine.
Molly: No, Emma, you should answer some questions too. I don’t want it just to be me.
Emma: Nah, nah, just here so you no chicken out, ah? I just in the background, invisible kine. Go ahead, first question?
Q: Describe yourself.
Molly: You’ve heard the saying, “follow your dreams and you’ll never work a day in your life, because that field’s not hiring?” That’s me. I got my Ph.D. in literature and creative writing, couldn’t find a job, and finally ended up teaching business communication at Mahina State. You probably haven’t heard of it. I hadn’t, until I interviewed there. It’s in rural Hawaii—
Emma: She not asking for your resume, Molly. She like know what makes you tick. Like your personality and stuff. Oh, I got something. Molly one introvert, big time. Like her worst nightmare is when she gotta go to some Business Boosters mixer with Donnie and make small talk all night with people she don’t know. The only reason she can make it through teaching a class is she no look nobody in the eye.
Molly: You know, everyone doesn’t need to know that.
Emma: I told her try the trick of imagining ‘em all naked—
Molly: My students? Emma, that is the opposite of helpful.
Q: Why don’t we move on to the next question? What makes you laugh?
Emma: Oh, here’s something funny. Molly hates social interaction so much, she goes to Mass ten minutes late on purpose just so she no need do the Passing of the Peace. If she gets there and they’re still greeting each other, she sits in her car and waits till everybody pau.
Molly: Great job keeping a low profile at my interview, Emma. It’s like you’re not even here.
Q: Let’s go to the next question, Are you afraid of anything? No, I think we already covered that. How about this? Do you have a special talent or gift?
Emma: Oh, yeah, it’s is how come Molly’s so good at solving stuff.
Molly: It’s not just me. It’s really more of a team effort.
Emma: Okay, number one, she’s super OCD, so she never misses a detail.
Molly: Emma, OCD is a mental illness, which you as a biology professor are not qualified to diagnose. And even if you were, OCD stands for obsessive-compulsive disorder, which is a noun, not an adjective—
Emma: See what I mean? And the other thing is, she reads all these boring literature books, and it gives her insights about human nature. It sounds crazy, but there’s studies that back it up. So her and me, we’re a good team, cause I get the science.
Molly: It is helpful that Emma has access to the genetics core facility. That’s helped us out a lot.
Q: If you could change anything about your life what would it be?
Molly: You know, if you’d asked me that a couple of years ago, I would’ve told you I was disappointed that my career hadn’t gone the way I planned it. I’d always hoped to teach literature on a leafy campus in a big city somewhere—
Emma: But then you wouldn’t have met me.
Molly: She’s right. Or Donnie, or our friend Pat, or Iker Legazpi, who is an angel disguised as an accounting professor.
Emma: Seriously. I’d be doing time for murder now if it wasn’t for Iker Legazpi.
Molly: I’ve really come to like it here. Even teaching in the business school isn’t so awful. It turns out they pay a lot more than the English department.
Emma: The only bad thing is her juvenile-delinquent stepson Davison. Her husband Donnie thinks his little boy is perfect. I never seen a kid so spoiled.
Molly: Except he’s not a kid. Technically, he’s an adult. He can buy alcohol, enter into a legal contract, and vote, Heaven help us all.
Emma: Oh, and he thinks Molly’s got the hots for him. It’s cause of that time Molly walked in on him—
Molly: Donnie sent Davison away to military school on the East Coast. He won’t be back anytime soon.
Emma: Oh yeah? You read Invasive Species yet?
Molly: What? No. Why? Is Davison in it? She wouldn’t do that to me, would she?
Q: That’s a perfect lead-in to my next question. Do you like the way Frankie Bow writes you? Molly? Where did she go?
Emma: I think she going try change Frankie’s mind. Not going work, though. Invasive Species is already published. Oh, speaking of books, tell your readers they can get a short Emma and Molly mystery here free. All they gotta do is sign up for the newsletter.
Q: I thought they were called the Professor Molly mysteries, not the Emma and Molly mysteries—
Emma: Eh, you want a free book, or what?
The Invasive Species
(Professor Molly Mysteries Book 4)
File Size: 855 KB
Print Length: 242 pages
Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press (April 30, 2016)
About the Book:
Professor Molly Barda is thrilled to be included in a grant to investigate attitudes toward biotechnology. But she immediately finds herself embroiled in the deadly fight between big biotech and anti-GMO activists. When Molly and her best friend Emma Nakamura stumble onto the scene of a brutal murder, they realize that everyone has something to hide–and there are some questions you don’t ask.
The Professor Molly mysteries are the first campus murder mysteries set in Hawaii.
Meet the Author:
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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