Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I do my best scholarly work when I'm totally making stuff up

With Fab's gracious permission, I'm going to toot my own horn here.

Look over there in the sidebar
My first novel, The Musubi Murder, is finally out. It has lots of classic misery: plagiarizing students, corrupt donors, bottom-line-focused deans, and a powerful and a well-funded Office of Student Retention. Also murder.

The folks at Audible have provided some complimentary reviewer codes, and I'd like to give them away.

If you'd like a free audiobook from Audible.com, narrated by the amazing Nicole Gose, email me at frankie (at) frankiebow (dot) com so I can gift it to you. All you need is an Amazon login; no Audible subscription required.

Naturally, all characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Thanks to Fab and to the Miserians who have already downloaded the Kindle version. Now, back to your previously scheduled misery.


  1. I've been thinking for a while about academic literary settings. I've read Smiley's Moo, and just about everything David Lodge wrote. One came out last year that's 'epistolary', entirely in the form of ostensible emails, that sounds like fun. But I've been thinking that our current environment is ... really hard to satirize without running into a version of Poe's Law.

    I'm looking forward to this one, though I know it's going to cut close to the bone...

  2. I'm currently listening to Frankie's book and love it so far!

    Other books... you have to read Robertson Davies' THE REBEL ANGELS. From THE CORNISH TRILOGY, it can be read on its own. A great opening, and the most creative murder I've ever come across. The whole trilogy is great, but this is one of my all-time favorite books.

  3. Thanks so much for the kind words! I've put the Robertson Davies books on my to-read list. I just finished reading Julie Shumacher's Dear Committee Members, which I think is the one Jonathan is referring to. I really enjoyed it. It was beautifully written and hilarious, but with some genuinely heartbreaking elements.

    1. Shumacher's the one, yes. We're through chapter 6 tonight, enjoying it thoroughly.

    2. OK, I think I have some "loyalty program" points to burn. I'd better add this to my list.

    3. S.T.A.S.I. and the Salad Shooters !!!

    4. Indeed. The whole STASI episode was hilarious, in a painful way.

      I very much enjoyed it (except for that whole sounding-a-bit-too-familiar at times thing). However, I think I may have nightmares about metastsizing offices of student retention (on our campus, it's probably more some combination of the Office of Programs for International Students and the Office of Online Learning -- oh, and various Interdisciplinary Institutes that will prove our worthiness to be considered R1, because we are not so much student-centered as research-centered. The result of that is that the people and departments who do the actual teaching are sadly underfunded, but not quite so regularly harassed by admins as at a more teaching-focused/student-centered place.)

  4. I am very glad to be in the company of such accomplished people here. I had noticed the advert in the upper right, then Cassandra commented on it, and I knew I had to expand my Amazon wish list.

    I'm having a slight case of colleague envy, in that I haven't published in the past several months. Perhaps I can assuage that by finishing the post I was supposed to have published here this morning...


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