Robert Spiller lives in Colorado Springs with his wife Barbara. Radical Equations is the fourth book in the Bonnie Pinkwater adult cozy mystery series preceded by The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, and followed by Napier's Bones. A Mathematics teacher for thirty five years, Robert recently retired to write full time.
Radical Equationsby Robert Spiller
Math teacher extraordinaire and inveterate busybody, Bonnie Pinkwater, is at it again. When she and her Wiccan friend, Rhiannon Griffith, find the dead body of Bonnie's boss, Vice Principal Clarence Murphy, their day takes a decided turn for the worse. But when that same body disappears then reappears amid the wreckage of a tornado-ravaged high school, Bonnie proclaims things downright weird and decides to nose around. What shows up are killer motorcyclists, suspicious preachers, tyrannical dwarves, high-stakes poker games, land-grabbing CEO's and a damaged math genius desperately needing her help. As Bonnie and Rhiannon sort through the rising body count, Bonnie comes to a disturbing conclusion: Whoever is murdering the good citizens of East Plains, Colorado, has decided to eliminate one meddlesome math teacher.
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In short: Math teacher Bonnie Pinkwater gets caught in a murder mystery centered around a tornado and a dead vice-principal. Despite being the fourth book in a series, new readers shouldn't have problems jumping in. This is a good, solid mystery. I hesitate to call it a cozy, but I suppose it is: an older woman/amateur sleuth solves mysteries in a small town. To me, Bonnie's character always carries out a satisfying rebellion against the educational bureaucracy as embodied by Principal Divine, sometimes getting her licks in, sometimes having to grovel in order to keep her job and to defend her students. I have a soft spot for characters who defend kids without belittling them, and Bonnie hits the spot. Fast-paced, realistic, and a little goofy, a good put-your-feet-up and enjoy-the-small-victories kind of book.
I highly recommend this series! Ms. Pinkwater really knows how to get herself in trouble and with every new chapter you get another twist that you weren't expecting.