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  • Series: Professor Sophie Knowles (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425246671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425246672
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Camille Minichino is a retired physicist turned writer.
As Camille Minichino, she's the author of the Periodic Table Mysteries. As Margaret Grace, she writes the Miniature Mysteries, based on her lifelong hobby. As Ada Madison, she has launched a new series, academic mysteries featuring Professor Sophie Knowles, math teacher at fictional college in Massachusetts.
Soon, every aspect of her life will be a mystery series.
Camille has also published articles for popular magazines and teaches science and writing workshops in and around the Bay Area.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Debbie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Probability of Murder" is a mix of cozy mystery and suspenseful general fiction. Sophie decides to solve a murder mystery (which takes only half of the pages) while worrying about her boyfriend who may have been hurt while engaged in a dangerous sport activity. This is the second novel in a series, but you don't need to read the previous book to understand this one and this novel didn't spoil the mystery in the first book.

I should warn you that Sophie does not use logic to solve this case. Granted, logical people don't always act logically, and it's realistic that she's very emotional in this situation. She even wonders where "the logical Sophie went."

The problem is that I picked up this book expecting her to use logic to solve the mystery. Instead we get scenes like the one where she sees where a series of facts is pointing but she likes the person it points to, so she decided that following where the facts lead "isn't logical." Or a scene were she's told a certain person is probably a dangerous killer and to stay away from them, and instead she confronts them with a "so you killed her..." and thinks that's rational behavior.

Due to a twist about the victim by the end, I also felt that some of the things we initially learned about the victim were left unexplained by this new slant about what she was doing. I didn't feel very satisfied by the mystery.

However, I did enjoy the loving and supportive relationship Sophie had with her boyfriend and how she had to deal with the risks he took in his job and his hobbies. The characters acted in realistic ways and dealt with realistic issues. The suspense was high due to the worry about the boyfriend's safety and the threat of a killer on campus.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on April 21, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was a good story that was hard to put down. The solid plot had plenty of twists and turns that kept me guessing and every time I thought I knew who the killer was, the author changed directions and boy was I surprised when the killer's identity was revealed. This second book in the series was the best one yet and I liked that I got to know Sophie better, including the secondary cast and how they fit in her life. I'm looking forward to the next assignment with Professor Knowles in this delightfully entertaining series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Books and Chocolate TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Math professor Sophie Knowles' weekly parties celebrating famous mathematicians and scientists are a big hit on campus but while enjoying the latest gathering and anticipating a getaway with her medevac pilot boyfriend Bruce Granville, the festivities take a somber turn as emergency vehicles arrive at the campus library. Sophie is heartbroken to discover that her good friend and librarian Charlotte Crocker has been murdered.

The romantic getaway must be put on hold as Sophie sets out to discover who killed Charlotte and why, but in doing so things about her friend that she never could have imagined begin to surface that shed light on a possible motive and Sophie finds herself a target as she closes in on the killer.

This is the second book in this series but the first one I've read and I did enjoy it. I was concerned that with the main character being a math professor, I'd be distracted by math related subjects that I wouldn't find interesting but that wasn't the case. It was an interesting storyline and easy to read, making this cozy mystery a good one to take along for a commute to work, time at the beach, or a weekend at home.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicited, nor was a positive review required.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By eudorawelty on February 10, 2013
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Ideal for reading on a trip. Kept me engaged and distracted thru a delayed airplane flight. Not great literature nor the most credible plot nor has any math (other than in 3-4 puzzles at the end). But it's well paced from start to end, has some likeable characters, is low on gore, and has a convincing and appealing academic setting. It's nice to have a new academic mystery series to follow. Somewhat reminds me of Susan Holzer's University of Michigan mystery series which was excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine L. Foster on June 16, 2013
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As a mathematician (43 years teaching at a university), I thoroughly enjoy the Sophie Knowles books. I wish there were more in Ms.Madison's oeuvre!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynn T. on April 9, 2013
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The Probability of Murder is the second book in the Professor Sophie Knowles mystery series. It was a Friday and students and professors had gathered for their weekly party at Benjamin Franklin Hall on the Henley College campus. This party was was to celebrate the birthday August Ferdinand Mobius who was a mathematician born two hundred and 21 years ago. When the party is over, Sophie and her boyfriend Bruce are leaving the building to go on a weekend trip to Boston. They notice a crowd and many police cars at the Emily Dickinson Library. Charlotte Crocker, the college's librarian and Sophie's friend has been found murdered. Sophie sets out to solve the murder of her friend. She finds out that many things were not what they seemed to be. I did know who the murderer was before it was disclosed. However, there were a lot of suspects so it wasn't transparent.

The book did not hold my interest and slowed down for me. I think this was partly due to the subplot of Sophie's boyfriend who went away for a weekend of mountain climbing. The book seemed to be part mystery and part Sophie worrying about Bruce. The character of Bruce does not hold my interest. Their relationship seems more like a storybook relationship rather than a real life relationship. I like Virgil the detective better. I liked the Eastern small college location and the character of Sophie.
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