The plot line was mildly interesting. The victim -- no less than the town's mayor. After finding the body of the mayor, Sophie becomes involved in the investigation when she finds that the mayor was seeking her help with something prior to his murder. Mathematics professor Sophie Knowles is, unfortunately, on the spot when the local mayor, who just spoke at Henley College's graduation, is killed. The author was neat and tidy, which serves well telling the story, but makes the characters uninteresting. Love Sophie Knowles and the other characters in this series! If you like your mysteries with an academic flavor, then A Function of Murder is the book for you. Sophie Knowles has taken to texting her boyfriend Bruce Granville, a medevac pilot and her co-worker, to keep busy during the never ending speech.
Sophie is furthered unhappy by a last minute choice of commencement speakers. This is the third book in this clever series and it is just as excellent as the prior books. But when winter seizes Henley College, she must thaw out a cold case to track down a killer—her most difficult puzzle yet. Sophie is a great investigator, looking logically at the situation. Finally, Sophie is able to meet up with Bruce, they get some ice cream and stroll across the campus, ending up at the fountain. However, their date is interrupted by the mayor himself—with a knife in his back. Sophie Knowles is a math professor with a knack for creating complex puzzles that delight her students.
But her work is just beginning when the festivities are interrupted by a murder. Later, Sophie sees the Mayor but only as he staggers towards Sophie near the campus fountain. The author got nearly all the ends tied up. Sophie Knowles is a professor with a way of making even the most complex math problems fun for her students. For a cozy mystery, A Function of Murder was pretty good. Perhaps if I had read the other books in the series I would enjoy the characters more.
I'd definitely recommend this to any cozy or other sub genre mystery readers. And why had the mayor been trying to reach Sophie, who hardly k Mathematics professor Sophie Knowles is, unfortunately, on the spot when the local mayor, who just spoke at Henley College's graduation, is killed. The setting is a small college in Massachusetts, very clearly depicted in Madison's prose. But her work is just beginning when the festivities are interrupted by a murder. Professor Sophie Knowles may think her work for the semester is over as preparations begin for Henley College's commencement exercises.
We get to know more of the life and stresses of a maths professor and I loved the puzzles and teasers mentioned throughout the book as well as at the end. But when the school's beloved librarian is found shot to death in the stacks, Sophie learns that her friend was more complex than she ever knew. But now she's faced with a killer problem that will test her powers of logic and deduction. It's Charlotte Crocker, the librarian and a good friend of Sophie. I wanted to love this book more than I did. However, their date is interrupted by the mayor himself -- with a knife in his back. There are several puzzles, brainteasers and riddles included, howe Ada Madison Camille Minichino is a strong, powerful woman who writes strong, powerful characters.
It is graduation time at Henley College and Professor Knowles is bored to tears listening to the keynote speech given by Mayor Edward P. The subplot of the student that is unhappy with her grades was wonderful. It was frustrating to have only hints about Sophie's mother, but not enough information to understand who she was, or why Sophie always refers to her as Margaret. I recommend that you read them all. There are moments of a good pace and great story mixed in enough though to recommend giving it a go if you like coz I wanted to love this book more than I did. That should have warned me.
She was loved by everyone, but the detective in charge of the investigation hints that there may have been more to Charlotte than most people knew. However, their date is interrupted by the mayor himself—with a knife in his back. A decent murder, but Sophie Knowles just seemed constantly to be obtusely dense see what I did there? The keynote speaker is the young Mayor of the town. The author got nearly all the ends tied up. I probably won't read any others. There are several puzzles, brainteasers and riddles included, however, for those who enjoy them.
I loved this book as it continues the high standards set by the previous books. She is supportive, kind, and hard-working. Full Bibliographic Record Publication information: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013. Sophie is shocked to find out the mayor was seeking her out for help before he was killed. The professor, narrator, brings it into every thought she has. When Sophie finds out that the mayor was seeking her help on the day he was murdered, she must use her top-notch logic to crack the puzzle and catch the killer running free on campus… I enjoyed the mystery and the characters but for some reason this book seemed to be such a slow read although I still finished it in my normal amount of time. Sophie Knowles is a math professor with a knack for creating complex puzzles that delight her students.
A Function of Murder has a strong plot with lots of suspects and twists and turns. Later that night there was a dinner for some of the students and faculty. Later, Sophie sees the Mayor but only as he staggers towards Sophie near the campus fountain. Some libraries may also charge for Interlibrary Loan services. After the ceremonies and two meals, Sophie is thrilled to join her boyfriend, a helicopter pilot, Bruce Granville for a stroll around the campus. Math and murder should be an awesome combination. To search other Nova Scotia public libraries, except Halifax Public Libraries, start by performing a search in this catalogue.
Sophie's deductive reasoning may not quite reach that of Miss Marple, but she's much more actively involved heroine. After the ceremonies, the Mayor seems to want to talk with Sophie but the busy schedule of graduation day doesn't allow Sophie to speak with the Mayor. It definitely had an original premise when it came to what the victim was hiding. This is a very fast read. This was the first book of this author's that I read.