The author of seventeen novels and writing this series under the name of Ada Madison, Camille Minichino demonstrates yet again why she quickly acquiring the appellation, Queen of the Cozy. A Function of Murder is one of those books, it came with a map of Henley College. Later that night there was a dinner for some of the students and faculty. The reader is given several alternate possible solutions before the author finally reveals the killer -- and only after resolving some students' problems along the way. However, are her intelligence and cool logic enough to catch a killer? The man turns out to be the Mayor! Sophie is led to a complicated puzzle of scandal and corruption, and it seems that Mayor Graves is at the apex of it all. If you like your mysteries with an academic flavor, then A Function of Murder is the book for you. Math puzzles, math problems, math teaching dominate every chapter.
Having had extensive experience in the higher education world, just like the author, I think she got most things right, although having the whole faculty vote on a commencement speaker sounded a bit bizarre. I have nothing against math, in fact am pretty good at it. It's Charlotte Crocker, the librarian and a good friend of Sophie. The killer really surprised me. I knew from the beginning that the author was a mathemetician and the protagonist was a college math professor. As it turns out, the knife is actually a Henley College letter opener - something that is gifted to every member of the graduating class. The day is filled with other celebrations.
I am sure teachers near and far deal with this problem. This is a very fast read. In this, the third of the series, Math Professor Sophie Knowles once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. However, at the end, she does act careless and end up in grave danger, which seems out of character for such an otherwise intelligent woman. Now Sophie must take on some rigorous deduction homework and formulate her own equation about what happened to her friend -- before the chances for another murder on campus increase exponentially.
The plot line was mildly interesting. Sophie Knowles hears heated arguments from the graduates about Mayor Graves, the commencement speaker. And why had the mayor been trying to reach Sophie, who hardly knew him, before his death? They are interrupted by the mayor himself as he falls into the fountain with a knife in his back. Sophie is a wonderful main character. After the ceremonies and two meals, Sophie is thrilled to join her boyfriend, a helicopter pilot, Bruce Granville for a stroll around the campus. When not working at creating brain-teaser puzzles her favorite hobby she uses her police department contacts and her students to find the solution to the murder. Why was he spending so much time at Zeeman Academy, one of the charter school? But now, at the close of the academic year, she must solve a crime that doesn't quite add up.
This is another fun read and the third in the Sophie Knowles series. The professor, narrator, brings it into every thought she has. Sophie Knowles is a professor with a way of making even the most complex math problems fun for her students. 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. The graduates are complaining about the mayor who gave the commencement address, one student is upset about her grade and vents on social media, and just when she is about to escape all of the drama to take a stroll with her helicopter pilot boyfriend things go horribly wrong. The pace of the story is also way too slow. The keynote speaker is the young Mayor of the town.
I'd definitely recommend this to any cozy or other sub genre mystery readers. As it turns out, the knife is actually a Henley College letter opener—something that is gifted to every member of the graduating class. I think so, and there were a few too many things happening at times. Sophie Knowles is a math professor with a knack for creating complex puzzles that delight her students. This one was very focused on the school and I feel like I should have been able to figure out who did it even though I was totally clueless. New readers who enjoy author Casey Mayes or anyone looking for a clean, intelligent, fun cozy mystery will want to get to know Dr. The original speaker bowed out due to a medical problem.
The subplot of the student that is unhappy with her grades was wonderful. When not working at creating brain-teaser puzzles her favorite hobby she uses her police department contacts and her students to find the solution to the murder. Maybe if Ariana had been in town her individuality would have added some lightness to the story. Not the mayor's biggest fan, Sophie is happy to escape the drama with an after-hours campus stroll accompanied by her helicopter-piloting boyfriend, Bruce Granville. 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. This year is different though, Sophie has overheard heated arguments, rumours of inappropriate romances, grading structures and more. It could be that I feel this way because this is the first Professor Sophie Knowles mystery that I've read.
I probably won't read any others. I loved studying math in high school and college, but it's not a required prerequisite for enjoying this series. There was a gathering, at the Math and Science Dept. The keynote speaker is the young Mayor of the town. Perhaps if I had read the other books in the series I would enjoy the characters more. I knew from the beginning that the author was a mathemetician and the protagonist was a college math professor.
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…. Sophie Knowles is a math professor with a knack for creating complex puzzles that delight her students. Renewals may be permitted by the lending library but you must contact your local branch or the Interlibrary Loan Department one week before the due date to renew items. I love the characters and the setting. 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. In this, the third of the series, Math Professor Sophie Knowles once again finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation. Although some characters have the potential to be interesting, they were mundane.