Professor Sophie Knowles Mystery No 2
Berkley Prime Crime
March 2012/ 978-0-425-24667-2
by Laura Hinds
Dr. Sophie Knowles is a Mathematics Professor at Henley College
in Henley, Massachusetts. She enjoys a full life with her students
and even throws weekly parties to commemorate famous mathematicians.
Sophie's love life isn't dull either; she has a boyfriend named
Brian Granville with the exciting job of medevac pilot, and they
are planning a romantic weekend away in Boston.
Elsewhere on a campus, a tragedy unfolds. Charlotte Crocker, the
college librarian, who is Sophie's good friend, is murdered. Sophie
and Brian realize immediately that their weekend plans will have
to wait. Someone murdered Charlotte and Sophie is beyond distraught
as she comes to realize there was another side to her friend that
she didn't know about. Who would have killed the beloved librarian
and why? It's time for Sophie to set aside the rigidity of logic
and follow her instincts to unearth the killer.
Author Ada Madison is a talented writer who knows how to hook her
audience from the very first page. While readers with math anxiety
might be leery of this series, there really is no "boring"
or "hard" math to be afraid of. I found the story well-placed
and plotted carefully, and overall the book was a rich and satisfying
While this isn't a book that I read in an afternoon, or even in
one day, I enjoyed that the book made me work, got me to think harder
than many cozy mysteries do. Madison is obviously an intelligent
writer and I enjoyed learning from Sophie Knowles. This would actually
be a great gift for someone in college who enjoys reading and needs
motivation for the study of mathematics. It might just be inspirational!
Author Ada Madison also writes as Camille Minichino (The
Periodic Table Mysteries ) and Margaret Grace (The
of other titles in this series
Root of Murder, # 1
Probability of Murder #2
Function of Murder #3