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The Black Thumb

(Professor Molly Mysteries #3)

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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 is more than just...academic. If you like Dorothy Parker, Sarah ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 29th 2016 by Hawaiian Heritage Press
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Mave
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was happy to come back to visit this beautiful island of Hawaii and to read another clever mystery by Frankie Bow. Her books are so compelling that catch you from the first page.
Professor Molly would like to buy Brewster House, the ancient house of ownership of Mrs Msterman to move there soon after her marriage. The owner seeks a buyer who is able to love the house as much as she. She is the president of Pua Kala Garden Society and Molly takes part in the monthly meetings in order to make a go
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Jennifer
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I recently won this book on a GoodReads giveaway and was delighted to read it. While I don't normally like first person story telling, I found this to be a enjoyable read. Molly, the main character, was witty and engaging and the story focused on the action, not solely on the thoughts of the main character. I find the to usually be the biggest flaw in first person point of view stories, but didn't come across the problem in this book. I found the story line and mystery enjoyable too. The only is ...more
Martha
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was entertaining enough that I could even forgive the author for getting microfilm and microfiche confused....Seriously, the characters were believable and engaging; once again, I really enjoyed the dialog, as well as Molly Barda's thoughts. The Hawaiian setting added a lot to the story. The plot offered a twist I did not expect, and was actually believable. (view spoiler) ...more
Laura Reading
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed Molly's adventures from the beginning. We've gotten to know the quirks of the other University staff members. We've watched her relationship with Donnie evolve, but never had it been as vacillating as these days nearing their wedding. Donnie's son Davison plays an influential role in the tensions.

Add in a former friend of Molly's who turns out to be more of an acquaintance and perhaps nemesis.
When said friend dies mysteriously, Molly must fight to prove her own innocence. This, an
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Bree
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Molly is my new favorite professor in the mystery world. I personally found her quirks and oddness humorous. Though her swaying on Donnie back and forth gave me some eye rolls, I felt as though this was intended to foreshadow further installments of the series. The mystery, was well thought out and I found the obsession interesting and the evil of the victim to be perfect. And I actually thought the murdered was someone else entirely, so was certainly was blindsided by the "Sweet" person. I was ...more
Kelly
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
This book was an easy read. However, I was a little confused about some of the language (I think it was called Pidgen?). So, some of it didn't make sense to me. I'm still not sure what "da kine" means. The main character was likable but needs to become a little stronger. If I were accused of murder I certainly would not continue to put off reviewing paper work that my attorney gave me. Plus, she was so quick to call off her wedding, multiple times. The ending was a good twist but I didn't feel i ...more
Camilla Ohlsén
I have been given this book to review by LibraryThing.

First I wasn't in to the book, I didn't particularly feel for the main characters which I didn't find well described but as I read on I felt myself against my will being drawn into the story. I wanted to know what happened, I could've strangled Molly Barda several times as I thought her more thick witted and naïve than most sometimes.
I found the story quite nice in the end but the description of the main characters a bit shallow and the prota
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Fungi From Yuggoth
Review: BLACK THUMB by Frankie Bow

Quite probably Frankie Bow is one of my top favorite cozy mystery authors. I leap at any opportunity to review her novels, and once I open one, it's full-on read through to the end. BLACK THUMB is a great read, very entertaining, with excellent character evolution and plenty of tension and what-will-happen-next excitement. Especially tense were the confrontations between protagonist Molly and her well-meaning but currently misguided friends. This is a wonderful
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Julia David
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Molly has a college friend move in with her temporarily. They are at a garden club meeting when all of a sudden a body falls from the balcony above. It is Molly's friend. Later the police show up to arrest her for her friend's murder. How can that be? Molly and her friends try to find out the truth before Molly spends the rest of her life in jail.
Georgiann Hennelly
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Molly is a Professor at a University. She is also a member of the Pua Kala Garden society. So when her house guest and Grad school frenemy is murdered . Molly quickly finds that she is being pinned as the killer. And she is having trouble with her engagement. So she sets out to clear her name
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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 that if life isn’t fair, at least it can be entertaining. Her experience with academic publishing has taught her to take nothing personally.

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Professor Molly Mysteries (6 books)
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