Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Square Root of Murder - 1st in the Sophie Knowles Mystery series
Author: Ada Madison
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Release Date: July 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Cozy Mystery
Year/Setting: Present day/Henley College, Massachusetts
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Ada's Website/Blog: www.minichino.com
Dr. Sophie Knowles is a math teacher at Henley College in Massachusetts. She is also the creator of math puzzles and brain teasers for several magazines. Her students are crazy about her and, on top of that she has a helicopter pilot boyfriend who is a real Adonis. As we start this tale, Sophie is teaching summer school. In Massachusetts, this is not a fun job as the heat and humidity in Massachusetts in the summer will take your breath away and you have to fight to get it back.
There is a tradition at Benjamin Franklin Hall in the Math/Science Department, and that is to celebrate the birthdays of famous scholars with the students. Unfortunately, at the latest party Dr. Keith Appleton who is without a doubt the most hated professor on the campus is found dead. Evidence points to Sophie's assistant Rachel, as the prime suspect. Dr Appleton refused to recommend Rachel for medical school and, several other reasons. But, Sophie refuses to even consider that Rachel is a killer. So, Sophie decides to do a little investigating of her own trying to find out just who the killer actually is while being careful to stay out of the killers path.
This is a debut series, called A Professor Sophie Knowles Mystery and this reader is looking forward to more. The author knows her characters, being a PhD herself and is a wonderful story teller to boot. So, enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.
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