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Book Blast for Fever Cabinet: A Professor Molly Mystery by Frankie Bow

The Fever Cabinet (Professor Molly Mysteries)
by Frankie Bow

About The Fever Cabinet


The Fever Cabinet (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
9th in Series
Hawaiian Heritage Press (August 20, 2019)
(November 20, 2019, all formats)
Print Length: 209 pages
ASIN: B07VFD3D26

An abandoned hospital, an antique contrivance, and a very modern murder . . .

All Professor Molly wanted to do was teach literature. Instead she’s just been named chair of her department at Mahina State University, and her department has been relocated to a run-down former asylum. She’s buried in paperwork and her dean has assigned her to mentor the department’s new “star”, the prickly Fiona Spencer.

Fiona Spencer had her own reasons for relocating from Oxford to join the faculty at remote Mahina State University. She is willing to put up with the broken air conditioning and constant construction noise in the College of Commerce building (formerly the Territorial Inebriates’ Asylum). She can even tolerate her annoying department head, Molly Barda. But when she finds a body in her office, clamped into an antique medical device, it’s all a bit much. Especially when she becomes a murder suspect.

Now Fiona and Molly have to work together to find a solution. And the answer won’t be found in the back of the textbook.

About Frankie Bow

Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, 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.

Author Links

Twitter https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow

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I Read What You Write – REVIEW

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Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT

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November 21

Ruff Drafts – SPOTLIGHT

Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT

Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book – SPOTLIGHT

November 22

The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – SPOTLIGHT

Rosepoint Publishing – REVIEW

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Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

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Guest Post and Blog Tour for The Perfect Body, A Professor Molly Mystery by Frankie Bow

This post was contributed by author Frankie Bow. Her cozy mystery, The Perfect Body, is currently on tour with Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book.

Book Cover Design and the Danger of Assuming

When I sent out The Perfect Body to my beta readers, I expected feedback and maybe even a little pushback. Professor Molly has just had a baby, and the story contains some graphic elements of postpartum life.

To my relief, no one was offended by descriptions of soggy breast pads or diaper explosions. But one reader had a strong opinion about the cover:

She hated the rat.

Uh-oh. Was this going to be a problem? Maybe the rat didn’t look enough like a lab rat because it was more brownish-gray than white. (A truly white rat would have disappeared against the white clipboard.)

I went to one of the Facebook groups I belong to, Save our Cozies, for advice. Save our Cozies is a community of passionate, outspoken cozy mystery enthusiasts.

Dear cozy-savers, I pleaded, I need your help! I got feedback from one beta reader that the creature on the cover was too vermin-y and gross. Does the redesign (with the standing rodent) fix it?

I expected to get some straightforward feedback from my fellow cozy-savers, and I was not disappointed.

The original rat was not popular. Readers thought it was “creepy,” and some even shared that they had a phobia of rats.

Maybe a cuter rodent would be better—a wee mouse, perhaps?

The little standing mouse had a few positive comments, and was definitely seen as cuter than the rat.

But overall, the rodents didn’t get a lot of love. Quite a few people said they wouldn’t even pick up a book with a rodent on the cover.

My beta reader, it turns out, was on to something.

Well then, how about a cover with no critters? This is nice, right?

Sure, but there was another problem now. Without a critter to draw the eye, the cover was too plain.

What design element would fit the composition of the book cover, and make people think of laboratory research? I asked my husband (who is an actual scientist) for ideas. He suggested I fill the space with a syringe and needle.

I thought that might be a bit much for a cozy, but I decided to give it a try.

We were down to hibiscus-only versus hibiscus and needle.

With only two cover designs to choose from, I enlisted the (free!) site, helpmechooseacover.com and invited the Save our Cozies members to vote.

The winner was hibiscus and needle, which got over 70% of the votes.

So what did I learn?

1) Don’t assume everyone shares your taste.

2) A lot of cozy readers really, really dislike mice and rats (which might by why they love cats so much).

3) “The Hibiscus and Needle” would be an intriguing name for a pub.

About the Book


The Perfect Body (Professor Molly Mysteries)
Cozy Mystery
8th in Series
Hawaiian Heritage Press
Release Date – September 30, 2018
Print Length: 203 pages
Digital ASIN: B07GVRPNLY

When Professor Molly attends Mahina State University’s exclusive donor dinner, she doesn’t expect to have to share a table with the insufferable Stephen Park. Turns out it’s one thing to invite your toxic ex-boyfriend to drop dead…it’s quite another when he takes you up on it.

About the Author

Like Professor Molly, Frankie Bow teaches at a public university. Unlike her protagonist, 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.

Author Links

Twitter https://twitter.com/Frankie_Bow

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7809288.Frankie_Bow

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/frankie_bow/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/frankie.bow.1

LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/frankiebow/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/frankie_bow/

Tumblr http://frankiebow.tumblr.com/

RSS Feed https://frankiebow.com/feed/

Purchase Links

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October 1 – Ruff Drafts – GUEST POST

October 2 – 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! – SPOTLIGHT

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October 4 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – REVIEW

October 5 – StoreyBook Reviews – GUEST POST

October 6 – Babs Book Bistro – RECIPE POST

October 7 – Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 8 – Cozy Up With Kathy – CHARACTER GUEST POST

October 9 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

October 9 – Cassidy’s Bookshelves – REVIEW

October 10 – Laura’s Interests – REVIEW

October 11 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good BookREVIEW

October 12 – My Reading Journeys – SPOTLIGHT

October 13 – Mysteries with Character – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

October 13 – I’m All About Books – SPOTLIGHT

October 14 – fundinmental – SPOTLIGHT

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