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The Witch of Agnesi (Bonnie Pinkwater Series #1)
     

The Witch of Agnesi (Bonnie Pinkwater Series #1)

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by Robert Spiller
 

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A coven of witches, a teenage comic book magnate, a skinhead Neanderthal with violent propensities, an abusive father, an amorous science teacher, and a mistranslated medieval mathematics manuscript figure prominently in this new mystery set in modern-day Colorado.

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Witch of Agnesi 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In Colorado, East Plains middle school teacher Bonnie Pinkwater works with the intelligentsia, but for the first time in a decade, they failed to finish in the top three at the Knowledge Bowl competition. Just after their crushing loss, the team¿s thirteen years old star Peyton Newlin vanishes. Everyone presumes that the teen ran away than have to face his abusive martinet of a father Colonel Ralph. Peyton¿s parents blame the defeat and their son¿s cowardly reaction squarely on Bonnie. --- The next morning someone murders brilliant student Stephanie Templeton. Feeling already a bit culpable but not sure why, Bonnie with the help of science teacher Armen Callahan, who is falling in love with her, begin investigating the disappearance and the homicide, which they believe is linked by a scholarship competition, but how is unclear. Other students die including Peyton while Bonnie and Armen seek the truth leaning towards violent student bully Jesse Poole though a coven of witches remain a prime suspect. --- THE WITCH OF AGNESI is a terrific teenage amateur sleuth starring a likable pairing trying to uncover who is eliminating the geniuses one at a time. The story line is fast-paced yet contains a strong cast though clearly Bonnie is the star. The mystery is cleverly devised and filled with twists and red herrings as Robert Spiller keeps his audience alert at all times as he shrewdly spills clues with multiple possibilities. Young adult readers will enjoy this wonderful middle school mystery --- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book overall. It was a quick read and did keep you guessing as to who the suspect was. The 2 things i did not like were the fact that some minir details of the story were more explained than why the real killer did it. That part was a little unclear. I also found the romance of the main character Bonnie and a fellow teacher to be annoying. When there are kidnapping or murder mysteries the romance should be subtle, but this was in your face nonstop. Two teachers who have just introduced themselves to one another spend 4 days together and in that time they never leave each others sides, sleepover each others homes (no sex though) and are constantly making cute gestures to the other and flirting. All while trying to figure out why some of Bonnies students were kidnapped or killed. I think if i was dealing with those problems i wouldn't have time to flirt half as much as they did. Other than that it did keep me guessing until the end. If you can get past how cheesey the romance part is id reccommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I get a mystery book, that's what I expect. I felt this book was more focus on the silly flirting between the teachers. I just hate books that are more focused on making googly eyes at the cute boy when dead bodies of people you know are all around you. Just so unrealistic to me. The book is filled with just Armen and Bonnie's guessing as to whats going on. The reader doesnt really know any facts at all and it ends with their best guess yet, them checking it out and getting a confession. It was just all so weak to me. I won't be picking up any more in this series. Worse of all, I can't say I understood fully why the people who were killed, were killed.
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MamaVieuxCareen More than 1 year ago
A captivating "whodunit". Bonnie Pinkwater is bright and funny. With the flavor of a "Murder She Wrote" plot, this story keeps you guessing until the very end when all becomes clear. I would recommend for all ages, but then I might be a YA at heart.
Anchoress More than 1 year ago
A quick witty Young Adult reader, that is sure to entertain mystery lovers. Adults will also find the book enjoyable. Someone is killing Bonnie Pinkwater's top achieving students. Will Bonnie find out who killed her students and who is also trying to kill her in time to avoid being the next victim? Bonnie¿s sharp mind, quick wits and her new friend helps as she tries to piece together the puzzle of slain students.
lissasue25 More than 1 year ago
In this book you follow the adventures of Bonnie Pinkwater, a math teacher, as she tries to figure out who is killing her students. It is a wonderful whodunit with a little bit of a love story mixed into it.
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The heroine was truly believable and likable!! Good wit and sarcasm that teachers are known for. Kept me guessing until the truth came out as to who did it. High recommend for a good read.
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Dragonfly_Rain More than 1 year ago
This book was very well written and a great story. I can typically figure out the end to a mystery quickly, but this story surprised me.
Dragonshe More than 1 year ago
A delightful 300+ page YA novel. The protagonist is a believable, middle-aged math teacher and the suspense holds out to the end. Get it while it's free!
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