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The Square Root of Murder

1 rating: 4.0
A novel by Ada Madison

Dr. Sophie Knowles teaches math at Henley College in Massachusetts. Between teaching, publishing puzzles and brainteasers, and beading at the local bead shop, Sophie has a full schedule, but her students adore her because she always finds a way to make … see full wiki

Author: Ada Madison
Genre: cozy mystery, Mystery
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Date Published: July 5, 2011
ISBN: 9780425242193
1 review about The Square Root of Murder

Well-written cozy mystery set at a university

  • Jul 4, 2011
The Square Root of Murder is a cozy mystery. The setup was one where any character could have done the murder, and Sophie was able to spot pertinent clues as fast as the reader. I didn't spend much time guessing whodunit, but, at one point, I did think (without much conviction), "Huh, I bet such-and-such did it." Turns out, I was right. So it is guessable.

Details about the various jobs (professor, emergency worker, beading store owner, detective) and the setting were woven into the story and brought the story alive in my imagination. The characters were interesting and dealt with realistic problems. The one thing that kind of confused me was that Sophie, who's analytical and works math puzzles to calm down, had such a vivid imagination that she was almost paranoid. Granted, she realized when her response was foolish, but that didn't stop her from acting on her paranoid feelings. However, she acted more logically as the story progressed, so I felt comfortable with her by the end.

Since the characters didn't seem religious, I'm assuming the minor use of "God" (usually in the phrase--written out--of OMG) was swearing. There were no sex scenes. Overall, I'm recommend this well-written, enjoyable novel.

I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.

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July 06, 2011
I like the title of this book. Nice review, Debbie!
July 06, 2011
July 07, 2011
Welcome! :)
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