THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER by Ada Madison
If one takes the large view, a well done cozy mystery is about the characters whose lives and personalities are revealed in the story; the crime(s) themselves sink into the background, like stones at the bottom of a smooth, swiftly flowing creek—a pleasurable, slightly bumpy ride. Such is the case with THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER by Ada Madison (aka Camille Minichino).
Dr. Sophie Knowles is an Assistant Math Professor in a tiny, peaceful town in Maine. Events occur which cause Sophie to attempt (repeatedly) to stick her nose into police business. Sophie has a great many endearing habits (one of which is that she’s single-minded), but she’s sweet and uncomplicated (if you consider that compared to the universe, math is simple).
It’s not all saccharine. THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER is an engrossing story with several unexpected twists and turns. Blessedly the victim is more than an unrelenting bad guy. Sophie has a collection of engaging cohorts. And Sophie herself is full of surprises.
Take a seat in the shade on a Saturday afternoon and enjoy THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER as a welcome treat.
THE SQUARE ROOT OF MURDER
By Ada Madison (aka Camille Minichino)
Berkley Prime Crime
Disclosure: the author sent me the ARC.