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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

An Engrossing New Mystery

Ada Madison has come up with a winner, with her book, The Square Root of Murder. Dr.Sophie Knowles is a member of the Mathematics faculty of Henley College, who is hoping for a promotion to full professorship. She's dedicated to making Math enjoyable for her students--h...
Ada Madison has come up with a winner, with her book, The Square Root of Murder. Dr.Sophie Knowles is a member of the Mathematics faculty of Henley College, who is hoping for a promotion to full professorship. She's dedicated to making Math enjoyable for her students--however, one of her colleagues is found dead in his office and the main suspect is Sophie's grad assistant, Rachel. Sophie, convinced that Rachel is innocent, and since Dr. Appleton was deeply unpopular with students and faculty alike, she knows there are others who had motives to kill him aside from Rachel.Sophie is an engaging protagonist, and the plot line moves quickly enough to keep the reader engrossed throughout the novel. There are also brain teasers and math problems included at the end of the book, which are fun to look over. I look forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommended. --Jane Fricker

posted by Fricka on August 8, 2011

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Just Doesn't Make Sense

The problem I am having these days as I attempt to find a new mystery series, is that the main character ends up deeply involved in the investigation of these heinous crimes, for no apparent reason. The standard British "cozy" presents us a small village with a meager...
The problem I am having these days as I attempt to find a new mystery series, is that the main character ends up deeply involved in the investigation of these heinous crimes, for no apparent reason. The standard British "cozy" presents us a small village with a meager police presence, so naturally Miss Marple must step in. We have private detectives that somehow always manage involved in "assisting" the police in their inquiries, but that almost makes sense. A retired lawyer turned shopkeeper who is living with the Chief of Police; that makes sense (more or less). But why is it necessary for a fully-equipped police department near a major metropolitan area to need to assistance of a Maths professor?? I don't get it.
Leaving that aside, I picked this book up as it seemed similar to Donna Andrew's Meg Langslow books, which I enjoy. There are similarities. The small private liberal arts college and the surrounding community make a charming ambiance. The obviously intelligent main character has just enough foibles to make her not too annoyingly perfect and possesses the requisite understanding and supportive boyfriend and quirky side-kick.
A nice, light, quite pleasant little read ... if one doesn't THINK about it too much!

posted by mathpup on September 16, 2012

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